1 . Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 725 - 3100

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Make your family vacation a little bit wilder with Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, British Columbia.

Whether your idea of an ideal family vacation is a relaxing spa day or an exciting outdoor adventure, you'll find it amid a charming rustic setting at Wickaninnish Inn. Walk the rocky beach, see wildlife in their native habitat, and much more. And, at the end of a day of adventure, savor a delicious meal at the inn's on site restaurant, The Pointe. Then, retire to your room to relax, watch a family-friendly movie provided by the inn, and get a good night's sleep before another day of fun.

Address

500 Osprey Ln Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada

Population

1,876

Elevation

30 ft

2 . Long Beach Lodge Resort

Tofino, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 683 - 0095

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An exceptional oceanfront location, luxurious accommodations, and endless activities make for the best kind of family vacation. At Long Beach Lodge Resort you'll find all this - and more!

Located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Long Beach Lodge Resort is the perfect destination for your next British Columbia family vacation. Choose from two distinctive lodging options when you stay at the resort. The luxurious lodge rooms offer incredible ocean views, bathroom amenities, and plush duvets. Or, you can stay in a spacious rainforest cottage that puts you just steps away from the beach! Each cottage features two bedrooms and two baths, plus a full kitchen, living area with gas fireplace and a private patio with hot tub! It's the perfect option for the family to spread out and unwind in this stunning natural setting. And when it comes to family fun, Long Beach Lodge Resort has you covered. The kids will love The Surf Club, the only onsite surf school at any Tofino resort or hotel! With equipment rentals and private marine adventures it's the perfect way to learn how to hit the waves! There's also a variety of activities just for the little ones; explore the tidal pools for sea stars and crabs or visit the Ucluelet Aquarium! Adventure through the breathtaking surroundings on a rainforest hiking trail, or rent a bike and zip along the 7km trail. The options are truly never-ending and you're sure to find something that appeals to everyone's taste!

Address

1441 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

Related activities

The Wickaninnish Centre is the perfect place to visit together as a family! Explore the various exhibits and displays about the ocean and enjoy an active learning environment with the kids!

Related Onsite Offerings

When you're ready to relax after a day of fun, head to the Great Room for a delicious family dinner. Or, you can unwind by the fireplace and exchange stories about your day!

3 . Harrison Beach Hotel

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 752 - 1869

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Overlooking the sparkling shores of Harrison Lake, this British Columbia stay offers family fun on land and on water. No matter the temperature, the entertainment level is always high, as outdoor adventures, onsite amenities, and exceptional accommodations offer something for everyone!

The family festivities begin onsite, where guests can sample the fare at the Hotel’s seasonal restaurant, make a splash in the indoor pool, work up a sweat in the fitness centre, or soak in the views in the outdoor hot tub. Wander just off the property for an array of adventures. Stay on land for nature hikes through the towering pines and mountains, cast off for salmon and sturgeon fishing in the Fraser River, enjoy boating and other water sports, and visit a host of agricultural tours and historic sites. After a day of family exploration, find relaxation in your room. Harrison Beach Hotel rooms and suites overlook majestic Harrison Lake, the charming village, or breathtaking mountains. Curl up beside the fireplace, kick up your feet on the private balcony, or surf the web with complimentary wireless internet. Whether you came to get crazy or lazy, Harrison Beach Hotel offers a world of family options!

Address

160 Esplanade Avenue, Box 460, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia V0M1K0

Highlights

Harrison Hot Springs is also host to a number of annual festivals and events, including the Harrison Festival of the Arts and Sasquatch Days, among others.

Related activities

Located north of Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Provincial Park is characterized by a series of pocket lakes, a unique second-growth and birch forest, and scenic mountain ridges.

4 . Cathedral Mountain Lodge

Field, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 343 - 6442

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Tuck yourselves away in a log cabin amidst tall trees at the edge of glacier-fed Kicking Horse River in the Canadian Rockies. Cathedral Mountain Lodge has made Takakkaw Falls your side of the mountain on your BC family vacation.

Designed for deepening the bond between you, nature and your loved ones, Cathedral is your sanctuary of peace and quiet. With no televisions or telephones, Cathedral fulfils its purpose to replenish and revive. Whether the winter snow has blanketed the terrain or trees are full and green, hiking in the Consolation Valley is hiking through pure beauty. Consolation Lake is surrounded by glaciers and the Rocky Mountains and the trails have several varieties of alpine mushrooms and blush with color from Indian Paint Brush and other alpine flowers. On foot is not the only way this National Park can be explored. Tour by helicopter, gondolas, jet boats, ATV’s, canoes, or mountain bike! The log cabins are ideal accommodations for spending quality family together. Large sitting areas have Canadian antique furniture and some come with a stone fireplace. This idyllic, isolated setting is perfect for strengthening those family bonds away from all the distraction and the worry of the world!

Related activities

The nearby Lake Louise gondola can take you to an elevation of 6,850 feet.

Fun facts

The Larch Valley is an alpine valley with mountain lakes and streams in a forest of - you guessed it - larch trees.

Related Onsite Offerings

Cathedral Mountain Lodge offers pet-friendly cabins with dog beds and a special treat to start your BC family vacation off right.

5 . Four Seasons Resort - Whistler

Whistler, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (855) 747 - 3924

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We can’t really relate to this because we have no money, but the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, British Columbia has spared no expense in providing a superb mountainside family vacation. This five-diamond resort is the ultimate in comfort and scenery.

Strike a mountain pose in front of the Whistler Blackcomb Mountains. Or maybe you prefer to be on those mountains, skiing down the slopes of the 2010 Olympic Winter games. Or perhaps you’d rather gaze at the snow-capped peaks while relaxing in the resort’s glacier freeform pool with your family. Let Four Seasons arrange a program for the younger kids, like “Kidding Around” which includes fun-filled nights with dinner, crafts, movies, games and stories! You can rest easy with the knowledge that there are on-call physicians and a myriad of complimentary amenities for babies and children here. You can also rest easy in your luxurious rooms decorated with bold earthy colors and in your bathroom with a deep soaking tub, slate tile and separate glass-enclosed shower. Enjoy poolside services as well, such as sunglasses cleaning, Evian spritzes, fresh fruit, chilled water and cooled towels!

Highlights

This is amazing: choose from the treadmill trainer, fitter-u or elliptical trainer. Let the machine guide you through your workout, regardless of your fitness level, through your iPod!

Fun facts

The onsite spa uses items harvested from BC’s glacial lakes, such as seaweed, fresh fruits, wild flowers, pure essential oils and clay.

Related Onsite Offerings

The spa has a Vichy shower room, massage rooms, two couple’s rooms, along with a eucalyptus steam room and an ice shower.

6 . Pan Pacific - Whistler Village Center

Whistler, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 905 - 2999

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Treat your family to Whistler’s newest ski resort at Pan Pacific in British Columbia. With all of its modern flair and classic style, not to mention the exemplary location for entertainment, the family will be begging to come back year after year!

Just moments from the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, you and your family have access to over 8,000 acres of skiable terrain that stretches over eight miles, and includes North America’s largest vertical drop. If that’s not enough, there’s also a year-round outdoor heated saltwater pool to relieve sore muscles and aches at the end of the day. Hop on over to Dublin – wait, we mean Dubh Linn Gate, Pan Pacific’s onsite Irish-inspired restaurant. Decorated with old biscuit tins, stone jugs and brass clocks, the warm Gaelic hospitality and service satisfies every hardy appetite. If the view of the powdery Whistler Mountain or the crackling fire in your suite are not enough to send you into a total state of tranquility, visit the Vital Spirit Spa. Indulge in a mineral salt exfoliation, a spa manicure or a Swedish massage and so much more - even in the privacy of your own suite.

Highlights

Whistler Village has cobblestone pedestrian paths lined with unique boutiques, galleries and cafes.

Fun facts

The Pacific Lounge was designed by Hirsch Bedner and Associates to create an amazing “Whistler Space” complete with dramatic floor to ceiling windows for views of the incredible mountain landscape.

Related Onsite Offerings

Currency exchange and complimentary in-resort shuttle service are available for your convenience.

7 . Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa

Victoria, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 544 - 2079

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Want to turn your (slightly spoiled) children into wilderness explorers? Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa has ample options for kids - and you - to enjoy the diverse British Columbia landscape. Bring your spirit for adventure. And never fear - Brentwood Bay Lodge will spoil you later.

This is Victoria’s only five-star oceanfront boutique resort. Victoria’s natural environment by kayak, eco-cruise or SCUBA diving. Kayak on Brentwood Bay and watch the seals play. Celebrate a family occasion on a charter eco-cruise with an ecologist onboard and discovering starfish, eagles, seals and much more. Or, venture beneath the waters with experienced dive professionals to discover the marine life an arm’s length away! If you’d prefer to take in beauty on land, take a water shuttle to the Butchart Gardens with its ingenious landscaping. Now for the spoiling part: back at Brentwood Bay Lodge, treat everyone at the Seagrille, Brentwood Pub or the Sushi and Sake Bar which uses local seafood and fresh ingredients flown in daily from Japan. Or slip away to the spa with its heated pool, hot tub and aroma garden. And you’ll adore your oceanfront suite with handcrafted furnishings, a fireside seating area and fine Italian linens.

Highlights

Much of the above fun takes place from resort’s 40-slip marina on Saanich Inlet. On-dock facilities include showers, laundry and fitness room, pool and adults-only hot tub. Did we mention bring your boat?

Getting there

Even the location on the eastern peninsula of Vancouver Island is enviable at Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa. It’s only 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, 10 minutes from Victoria International Airport, and 20 minutes from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

Related Onsite Offerings

With just 33 suites, Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa is an intimate, exciting, luxurious spot for a Victoria, BC meeting or event - yet its conference rooms can accommodate receptions for up to 120. You won’t believe the gourmet catering!

8 . King Pacific Lodge

Vancouver, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (604) 987 - 5452

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King Pacific Lodge is the crowning glory of British Columbia wilderness lodges. In the heart of Great Bear Rainforest on the west coast, and only accessible by plane, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be shared with your most special loved ones.

This floating lodge on Princess Royal Island is a culmination of comfort and the outdoors. That’s a contradictory statement, you say? Well, take a peek at the Princess Royal Suite: two floors that face the ocean, the wilderness and the waterfall. It includes a dressing room, Jacuzzi tub, rock fireplace, dining room that can hold up to eight and two balconies for glimpses of the abundant wildlife and unforgettable West Coast sunsets. When you’re finished basking in this luxury, put the kids’ boots on and let the resort take you to the coastal rainforest to see rare white Kermode or Spirit bears, humpback whales, otters, eagles, and more. Exploration doesn’t stop at nightfall! Use the high-powered telescope for star-gazing from the wrap-around deck. With only 17 rooms that overlook Barnard Harbour, Whale Channel, the ocean, the rainforest or the waterfall, this King Pacific Lodge is a truly a one-of-a-kind experience!

Highlights

We haven’t mentioned the dining: At King Pacific Lodge, the executive chef prepares unforgettable Pacific Northwest cuisine based traditional native recipes and foraging, seasonal local delicacies from organic produce and modern cooking techniques, combined with the ethical use of the sea. Sounds great to us.

Getting there

King Pacific Lodge is accessible only by air. Your reservation includes travel to the lodge in a privately chartered plane from Vancouver to Bella Bella on the North Coast; here you transfer to a floatplane to the lodge.

Related Onsite Offerings

King Pacific Lodge welcomes business and event groups of up to 30 theatre-style. The game room can be converted to an executive boardroom or small meeting room with a capacity of 20. And the Princess Royal Suite offers corporate groups who have booked the entire lodge an additional, intimate meeting room and lounge.

9 . Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort

Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 229 - 4212

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Sometimes family vacations are best when they are simple and soothing. Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort has just that for you and your family. Immerse yourself in the serene hot springs, most likely discovered by native Indians that came to Canada’s Kootenay Lake for the late summer Kokanee Salmon run.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort has harnessed this wonderful water that flows in at 117 degrees F. and enters the cave at 114 degrees. A natural steam bath is created in the horseshoe-shaped cave when mineral water falls from the roof. The result is warm, waist-deep water, among stalagmites and stalactites that nature has created as decoration for your hot springs experience. If you prefer to stay above ground, relax in the pool that has an average temperature of 96 degrees F. And if for some reason lounging in warm water doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the stream-fed cold plunge – not for the faint of heart! Explore the area activities, such as golfing, skiing and fishing. But don’t forget to bring your appetite back to Ainsworth Hot Springs Dining Room for homemade food and spectacular views of Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains.

Dates and Prices

Hot Springs public hours are from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.365 days per year. Adults are $9; seniors and students are $8; children 3 - 12 are $7. Day passes are also available.

Fun facts

Ainsworth Hot Springs was known as Hot Springs Camp in the late 1800s and was much sought-after by miners. In the 1930s, the springs were open 24 hours a day at a cost of 10 cents per swim.

Related Onsite Offerings

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is ideal for romance, and offers custom gift certificates for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and weddings. Custom packages include champagne, flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries and much more.

10 . Predator Ridge

Vernon, British Columbia

CALL DIRECT: +1 (250) 542 - 3436

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Can you say “Okanagan” three times fast? We can’t either, but what we can say is that Predator Ridge has three times the fun of a standard family vacation. A discrete distance from metropolitan mayhem, this BC family resort features a completely uncommon blend of natural beauty and luxury.

Located in the Okanagan Valley, this secluded hotel and spa is a hot spot for any season. In the winter, go snowshoeing or cross country skiing; and in the summer, visit nearby farmer’s markets, play a match of tennis or tee off on Predator Ridge’s own prestigious 18-hole golf course. Make sure you’re up to the challenge for the 8th hole – a 578-yard downhill par five! Meet the family at r a n g e, the onsite gourmet restaurant. Or, return to your spacious cottage and make dinner with the groceries that you pre-ordered and were delivered straight to your kitchen before you arrived! You’ll have a tough time keeping the kids indoors with the 1,200 acres of Predator Ridge property, complete with walking trails. Find animals like painted turtles, red-winged black birds, mule deer and one of the 100 species of predator birds, for which the Ridge got its name.

Related activities

Sandy beaches are only ten minutes away from the resort and Big White and Silver Star ski resorts are less than an hour and a half away!

Fun facts

The Golf Performance Centre has clinics for individuals and groups, conducted by Canadian PGA professionals.

Related Onsite Offerings

If your stay at Predator Ridge is like coming home, then make it your home! You can buy a luxury home in one of the four Predator Ridge neighborhoods.

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