20 Family Getaways in B.C
Summer’s drawing to a close and we are anxious to soak up the last of the warm sun with some good old family fun. Luckily, the dynamic landscape of beautiful British Columbia makes it the perfect spot for the perfect family trip. Whether your family enjoys exploring the mountain ranges, big cities or beach front destinations, BC has something for every family, young and old. Build memories exploring the numerous west coast destinations that BC has to offer.
1. Rattle Snake Canyon
Located in Osoyoos, which is known for beautiful sandy beaches and desert vibes, Rattle Snake Canyon is only a few blocks away from all the best campsites and hotels so you can spend a lot of time here with your family. It’s a western mining town themed amusement park that offers fun activites such as mini golf, ice cream, bumper boats, a rock climbing wall and arcade – just to name a few! Open every day from 9am – 11 pm!
2. Shelter Point Regional Park
Located on funky and isolated Texada Island is this famous beach front park and campground that families love! This park is open year round and boasts great facilities such as showers and flush toilets for everyone comfort. There are playgrounds for kids, family friendly nature walks, boat ramps and a swimming areas in the ocean. Lots of wildlife can be viewed here including eagles and deers!
3. Tigh-Na Mara Seaside resort
All season oceanfront resort is set in 22 acres of tranquil forest, 2 award winning restaurants, British Columbia’s most extensive resort Recreation Program offers 3 KM’s of beach ocean swimming. You and your family can rent a rustic log cottage so there is plenty of space, kitchen to cook and living room to relax. The resort offers an outdoor playground, indoor pool plus kids eat free at the restaurants between 5 – 6 pm!!
Throughout the summer months, there are child friendly programs for your children to take place in so the parents can sneak off to the Grotto Spa for the many amenities.
4. Beach Acres Resort
A beautiful retreat for the entire family to enjoy on the miles of Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville, BC ! The resort offers family friendly water front property including cottages, townhouses that incorporate roaring views of the expansive sandy beach. This allows for comfortable space for everyone to enjoy. The resort offers Kidz Klub, a weekday activity group for children aged 5 and up that include crafts, pizza and movie nights and family nights with s’mores! For kids 10 and up, there's mini golf and sports tournaments! Of course, there is an indoor pool, the ocean and tons of outdoor sports including a children’s playground.
5. Telegraph Cove Resort
Offering a large variety of the accommodation, this resort is the perfect choice for families including cozy cabins, homes and condos! Nestled in the beautiful nature of eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island, this little island boasts a lot of adventure for your family! There is a lot of fun things to do including whale watching, fishing, swing sets and puzzles!
6. Crystal Cove
Located on Mackenzie Beach in Tofino, this resort offers both RV sites for camping or wonderfully large, secluded cabins! The resort is family friendly and pet friendly only 5 minutes from the town of Tofino. The beach and town offer a lot for the kids to enjoy plus the resort boasts a deluxe kid’s playground!
7. Prestige Ocean Front Resort
This ocean front property boasts breathtaking views of Sooke Harbour and the Juan De Fuca straight. This resort is great to bring the kids for a luxurious guest trip, dining and fun! There is much to do including hiking, cycling, fishing, zip lining and whale watching. There is a fun pool and hot tub, too!
8. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
A stay at Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is great for a family friendly get away to Whistler. There are family friendly suites with everything you would need such as a full kitchen, relaxing living room and space for kids and their gear. There is a great breakfast offered in the morning which is great for families before they hit the slopes for an action-packed day on the slopes. The best part is the easy accessibility to the ski hill, only 5 minutes from the mountain!
9. Watermark Beach Resort
Watermark is the perfect vacation spot for generations of family to enjoy because there is something for everyone. Located in gorgeous Osoyoos, this family friendly resort has all the amenities you will need to have a good time including a hot tub, waterslide and pool, sandy beach with lawns to play with games and volleyball! The marina is available for boat rentals or water sport lessons including kayaking, fishing and sailing. There are copious family friendly events, for whatever season you choose to visit.
10. Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort
Ranking as one of North America’s finest guest ranch, Siwash Lake offers incredible horseback riding, 5 star wilderness adventures, farm fresh food and luxurious tents. This resort caters wonderfully for high energy families in this large Canadian landscape your family will enjoy wilderness solitude and learn beautiful horse with professional lessons!
The lessons are focused on learning, supportive and informative mentoring allowing bonding between animal and human. There is also fly – fishing, wildlife safaris, river and lake activities and guided eco adventures. One of a kind family adventure!
11. Ocean Trails
For the active and busy families vacationers, Ocean Trails in Parksville will be the trip of a lifetime. The resort is in walking distance to world renowned Rathtrevor Beach to enjoy a fabulous beach day and swimming in the ocean. This family friendly accommodation is a great place for exploration and adventure offering multiple sport activities like basketball, tennis, volley ball, a child’s playground! There is also a relaxing hot tub and warm pool, available in the summer months only.
12. Nimmo Bay Resort
Enjoy the opportunity to slow down, listen, laugh, learn and love! Depending on the group size of your loved ones, Nimmo Bay can accommodation groups from 6 – 18 people so you can build memories with the whole family! There are many activities offered such as Heli-Fishing, Helicopter Adventures or the Wilderness and Wildlife Adventures which can be customized to fit the uniqueness of your family and your wants. Try Kids Yoga, cooking classes, stand up paddle boarding, water gun fights, swimming and much much more.
13. Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Located on Vancouver Island, Horne Lake is an adventurous heaven for you and your family to explore. Here, your family can enjoy year young guided cave tours where you can wander around natures underground caves! It’s a healthy and endearing challenge, fun for the whole family! Horne Lake has won many awards for their exceptional service and fun. Your family can camp our and eat all your meals together at Horne Lake, too!
14. Powell River
Take the family to the small but quaint town of Powell River located on the Sunshine Coast to build life long memories. Book a spacious room in the historic Old Courthouse Inn located with waterfront views and mere steps from Patricia Theatre, the oldest running cinema in Canada! Powell River is known for its small-town charm, with lots of family friendly activities like hockey games, swimming pool, hikes, and scenic drives to end of highway 99 for a famous cinnamon bun at Nancy’s Bakery!
15. Pacific Sands Beach Resort
With miles of expansive beach to enjoy and run around on, Tofino is a timeless choice for families. Tofino’s views are hard to be beat and its guaranteed you and your family will build long lasting memories. At Pacific Sands Resort, there is a free kids camp at 9:30 am which includes crafts, scavenger hunts, musical instruments, learning about the sea and other family events like marshmallow roasts. Suites are very large and the resort offers family packages so you wont break your wallet!
16. The Enchanted Forest
Doris Needham was an artist in Revelstoke, BC during the 1950’s who made unusual fairy tale figurines from cement by shaping her creations by hand, without the use of molds or forms. She searched for years and chose this unique but isolated location between Sicamous and Revelstoke which created what is known today as Enchanted Forest.
Enjoy over 350 folk art figurines, BC’s tallest treehouses , an interpretive nature walk and row boat tour, aerial trekking course, adventure tower and jungle gyms. It’s a family friendly awesome adventure place you won’t want to miss out on!
17. Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, enjoy a family fun trip on the slopes! Mount Washington is a perfect family destination as the mountain isn’t too big or too small and offers slopes for every level! The mountain also offers tubing, cross country or sledding!The mountain offers many family friendly packages including the popular ski-in / ski – out alpine package which allows for accessible skiing enjoyment. Plus the mountain often offers many deals for the ski – passes!
18. Big White Mountain resort
This resort is designed for families! Families can ski in and out and enjoy the wonderful snow with slopes for every level. With 188 trails and many lifts, ski-ers and snowboarders of all ages and levels can find something to enjoy. If you’re travelling with really little ones, Big White offers Tot Town Daycare to watch over the littlest and those a little older can enjoy ski lessons or choose to learn as a family with semi-private Mom, Dad & Me lessons! The mountain also offers evening day care for parents who want to try out night skiing!
19. Silver Star Mountain
This mountain brings lots of fun for the entire family! The slope-side accommodations offer beautiful views and serene setting to bask in the views. There are 128 trails, with something for novices and those who are craving adventure and challenges. There are over 16 places to dine and the mountain offers half and full days lessons for those wanting to increase their level!
A fun option for the adventurous family.
20. Cultus Lake Adventure Park
One hour outside of Vancouver, enjoy an incredible family Theme Park located just across from the Cultus Lake Waterpark. This family friendly park is award winning and full of surprises and fun for you and your loved ones to build new beautiful memories. The awesome park has more than a dozen rides and attractions for the whole family. Entrance is free and you will enjoy merely wandering around the fun park, laughing along with your family!
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