Take a mem­o­rable fam­ily get­away this sum­mer in the Van­cou­ver, Coast & Moun­tains Re­gion!

Westcoast Families - - Travel - Writ­ten by Crys­tal Sol­berg

You don’t have to go far this sum­mer to find the per­fect fam­ily get­away! Spend some time ex­plor­ing your own back­yard in the Van­cou­ver, Coast & Moun­tains Re­gion. Com­prised of four unique des­ti­na­tion ar­eas, the re­gion of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion to suit ev­ery bud­get and fun ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

Mighty Fraser Coun­try

Fam­i­lies with a love of out­door ad­ven­ture will en­joy Mighty Fraser Coun­try. Con­sider a trip to Har­ri­son Hot Springs, lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 90 min­utes from Van­cou­ver. The com­mu­nity is nes­tled against the sandy shores of Har­ri­son Lake, mak­ing it ideal for wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties. Here you can go power boat­ing, sea-doo­ing and fish­ing. Kids and adults young at heart will love the bumper boats and ba­nana tube rides that are avail­able on the lake, as well as the float­ing wa­ter park. On dry land, the whole fam­ily will also en­joy stop­ping in nearby Har­ri­son Mills to visit Kilby His­toric Site, home to a Gen­eral Store mu­seum, home-style restau­rant and some friendly farm an­i­mals! At the end of the day, re­lax at the Har­ri­son Hot Springs Re­sort & Spa which has five dif­fer­ent hot spring fed pools for you to soak in while the kids play, but there are plenty of other great ac­com­mo­da­tions as well. Har­ri­son Hot Springs has ho­tels, mo­tels, bed & break­fast rooms and va­ca­tion rentals to suit ev­ery taste and bud­get.

Sea to Sky Coun­try

Start your get­away to Sea to Sky Coun­try with a fam­ily trip to the Bri­tan­nia Mine Mu­seum. Lo­cated along High­way 99 in Bri­tan­nia Beach, what was once a work­ing cop­per mine is now a National His­toric Site. Un­earth some fun as you climb aboard an un­der­ground mine train and ride it through an au­then­tic min­ing tun­nel. Ev­ery visit in­cludes gold pan­ning and the chance to take home real gold! Kids will en­joy hav­ing their photo taken with the Su­per Haul truck – it is 8 me­tres high and 25 me­tres long, mak­ing it a real mon­ster truck. Con­tinue along High­way 99, the Sea to Sky High­way, to Whistler. There are a wide va­ri­ety of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in here, and the Black­comb Base Ad­ven­ture Zone is al­ways a hit. Jump on the Kiss the Sky Bungy Tram­po­line and hit home runs the Bat­ter Up! bat­ting cage. There are also 1-hour horse­back trail rides with a 1,000-foot ver­ti­cal climb up Whistler Black­comb. When it’s time to un­wind at the end of the day, head to Leg­ends by Lodg­ing Ova­tions in Whistler Creek­side to re­lax on your pri­vate bal­cony. Leg­ends fea­tures a large num­ber of two and three bed­room suites with fully equipped kitchens and in-suite laun­dry, mak­ing it the per­fect fam­ily re­treat. The ho­tel also fea­tures a pool to play in and there’s even a chil­dren’s game room on site!

Metro Van­cou­ver

If you’re look­ing for a great get­away in Metro Van­cou­ver this sum­mer, con­sider a trip to Burn­aby. Fam­i­lies will love ex­plor­ing some of the great city parks that can be found here, such as Deer Lake Park. Easy trails me­an­der around the lake and in the sum­mer you can rent kayaks, ca­noes, row­boats and pedal boats! Lo­cated nearby is the Burn­aby Vil­lage Mu­seum, an open-air mu­seum on a 10-acre site that rep­re­sents a typ­i­cal tram-stop com­mu­nity. Cos­tumed towns­folk wel­come vis­i­tors and give demon­stra­tions and pop­u­lar stops in­clude the black­smith, gen­eral store and ice cream par­lour. Gate ad­mis­sion is free and rides on the vin­tage carousel are only $2.21. There are also some great ho­tels in Burn­aby that are lo­cated close to pub­lic tran­sit. This makes it easy to take the bus or sky­train into Van­cou­ver to do some ex­plor­ing there as well. In the sum­mer time down­town Van­cou­ver is buzzing with ac­tiv­ity, as peo­ple ex­plore the wa­ter­front and en­joy a va­ri­ety of fes­ti­vals and en­ter­tain­ment.

Sun­shine Coast

Al­though it’s a part of the BC main­land, the Sun­shine Coast is only ac­ces­si­ble by boat or plane. Head over to the Horse­shoe Bay ferry ter­mi­nal and take a 40 minute ferry ride over to the Lang­dale ferry ter­mi­nal, near Gib­sons. Keep in mind that you only have to pay for the ferry go­ing one way! Fol­low the road signs and con­tinue up High­way 101 to­wards Sechelt. A get­away to the Sun­shine Coast isn’t com­plete with­out spend­ing some time on the wa­ter! Take a First Na­tions cul­tural in­ter­pre­tive pad­dle and lis­ten to an­cient sto­ries as you travel through calm wa­ters with stun­ning shore­line views. Be on the look­out for marine life – there is al­ways a chance of see­ing seals, ot­ters, sea stars and much more. The Sun­shine Coast is home to some great camp­sites. If your fam­ily loves the out­doors, many of the camp­sites in the area have ac­cess to the wa­ter and swim­ming ar­eas, as well as nearby trails. For those who would rather sleep in­doors, there are also cozy Bed & Breakfasts, ho­tels, inns and va­ca­tion rentals dot­ted along the coast. Start plan­ning the per­fect fam­ily get­away to­day! Visit 604Pulse.com for travel ideas, event in­for­ma­tion and our favourite things to see and do in the Van­cou­ver, Coast & Moun­tains Re­gion.

Photo courtesy of BC Parks Mighty Fraser Coun­try,

Photo by Toshi Kawano Sea to Sky Coun­try,

Mighty Fraser Coun­try, Photo by Al­bert Nor­mandin

Van­cou­ver, Photo by Bob Young

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