BC’s Best Family Getaways!
By: Claire Newell, Travel Expert, Travel Best Bets
Beautiful BC has some of the most amazing coastline in the world. And although it feels like travel is not an option again this year, I’m here to tell you that’s just not true. We will certain have to spend another year traveling closer to home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a wonderful family vacation and make some amazing memories. Here are some spectacular BC destinations to consider for your best family getaway this summer.
Depart from Horseshoe Bay and set sail on a BC Ferry towards the Sunshine Coast. Relax and enjoy the panoramic mountain views on this quick, scenic sailing. Ruby Lake Resort boasts a spectacular natural setting, nestled between the Caren Mountain Range and Ruby Lake, the warmest fresh water lake on the Sunshine Coast. The resort’s cozy cottages are situated on a large lagoon, which is also a natural wildlife and bird sanctuary. Explore the area via an extensive trail network, and take advantage of outdoor activities like stand up paddle boarding, canoeing and lakefront yoga. A short drive away is The Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina. This luxury resort is tucked into a peaceful waterfront harbour, surrounded by fir, red cedar and arbutus trees.
Sooke is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island just a 38 km drive from Victoria. With local artisans, cafes and extensive parks and hiking trails, Sooke is a great option for a seaside family getaway. The Prestige Oceanfront Resort offers breathtaking views of the Sooke Harbour and has a spa, restaurant, and luxurious guest rooms.
Next up, Victoria, with ts charming heritage buildings and cobblestone streets, top-rated restaurants, and amazing waterfront location, it’s a fantastic place for a family getaway. There are so many things for families to enjoy like the Bug Zoo, Royal BC Museum, Miniature World or Butterfly Gardens. Plus, lots of options for family-friendly hotels including Oak Bay Beach Resort, Magnolia Hotel & Spa & Inn at Laurel Point.
And also situated on Vancouver Island, just a 30 min drive from Nanaimo, is Parksville which has long been a favourite destination for families. You can stroll along its vast sandy beaches or if you’re craving something more adventurous, head over to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park and discover why Vancouver Island is called the “Island of Caves.” Some great options for accommodation in Parksville are The Beach Club Resort, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort or Beach Acres Resort.
Tofino has a gorgeous rugged coastline, beautiful sandy beaches, and lush old-growth forests with a charming town filled with artisan boutiques, surf shops and incredible restaurants — all the makings for a fun-filled family vacation. Some of the family friendly accommodation in Tofino include Best Western Tin Wis Resort, Ocean Village Resort & Pacific Sands Beach Resort.
About 30 minutes from Tofino is Ucluelet which in my opinion is a little less touristy and more affordable. It is still pretty close to all of the beaches that the west side of Vancouver Island is famous for and has plenty of other things for families to enjoy. Some of the top attractions to visit are the Wild Pacific Trail, Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, the Ucluelet Aquarium & Thorton Creek Hatchery. There are lots of options for family-friendly accommodation, two worth considering are the sleek, luxurious Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, as well as the plush suites & woodsy cabins at The Cabins at Terrace Beach.
There are many other Best BC Coastal getaways for the whole family listed on travelbestbets.com