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