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The beach. The amusement parks. The camping trips. This time, you’re in for something new on your family vacation – a British Columbia experience! Bring your family to a place of diverse landscapes, from the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains to the Great Bear Rainforest. The beauty of Inner Harbor, Takakkaw Falls or the hot springs of Ainsworth. A skier’s heaven. Luxury in the wilderness. We discovered there’s (at least) one resort for any new, inspiring British Columbia family vacation. Here are our Top 10!
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REO Rafting Resort

Boston Bar, British Columbia

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Is there a better way to quickly build family unity than collectively fearing for your lives? While that is a slight exaggeration, REO Rafting Resort will toss you and your family on a raft and send you hurtling... read more

Is there a better way to quickly build family unity than collectively fearing for your lives? While that is a slight exaggeration, REO Rafting Resort will toss you and your family on a raft and send you hurtling down a river. If you don’t work together, you’re gonna have a bad time. Luckily, REO will provide you with the proper equipment needed to survive and a probably much-needed guiding hand. If you’d like to test your grit against mother nature herself and have a fantastic vacation at the same time, look no further.

A mere 2.5 hours from Vancouver, REO Rafting Resort offers rafting for all skill levels. Beginners can ease their way into the Class 2 Green River, while hardened veterans and confident fools are more than welcome to enter the domain of the dreaded Class 5 Stein River. Whatever your comfort level is, REO will make sure that you feel safe and supported the whole way. Families are encouraged to try out one of their multiple-day trips, which entail days on the river and nights camping on the shoreline. Your family will HAVE to talk to one another. When you aren’t plowing into the torrid waters, you can relax in a soothing hot tub or on the private beach. Eat a delicious meal, and enjoy a campfire under the stars. Your family will come out of the experience closer than they were going in, guaranteed.

Address

61755 Nahatlatch Forest Service Rd, Boston Bar, BC

Highlights

BC is one of the world’s top three producing regions for cranberries and blueberries.

Fun facts

One in four North American grizzly bears are found in BC, and a quarter of all black bears in Canada are found in BC.

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Long Beach Lodge Resort

Tofino, British Columbia

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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... read more

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!

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South Thompson Inn

Kamloops, British Columbia

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This four star riverfront Inn has all the space, amenities, and hospitality your family could ever want!

Each of South Thompson Inn's 57 guest rooms are meticulously upkept and superbly upholstered for... read more

This four star riverfront Inn has all the space, amenities, and hospitality your family could ever want!

Each of South Thompson Inn's 57 guest rooms are meticulously upkept and superbly upholstered for optimum relaxation. All sizes and occasions can be accommodated, from three person family vacations to humongous reunions in the private manor house onsite. When the sun is out, get out and have a blast playing horseshoes, badminton, bocce ball, or take a complimentary mountain bike for a ride. The hot tub and heated seasonal pool are always refreshing as well!

Address

3438 Shuswap Rd, Kamloops, BC V2H 1T2, Canada

Highlights

For corporate retreats, weddings or family reunions, book the seven-bedroom Manor House.

Related Onsite Offerings

There's also a fully-licensed Bourbon lounge on-site, along with a smart casual dining room "madisens" featuring a menu specially-created in-house by the executive chef.

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Playa Del Sol Resort

Kelowna, British Columbia

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When you hear the name Playa Del Sol (meaning "beach of the sun" in Spanish), you probably wouldn't expect it to be in BC. But here it is, and it's truly spectacular!

With a grand total of 283 one, two and... read more

When you hear the name Playa Del Sol (meaning "beach of the sun" in Spanish), you probably wouldn't expect it to be in BC. But here it is, and it's truly spectacular!

With a grand total of 283 one, two and two bedroom/den luxury vacation condos, there certainly won't be an issue of space at Playa Del Sol. Discover the perfect fit for your family- when you step inside you'll find full kitchens, living and dining areas with high-tech lighting, a TV for each bedroom, and private outdoor patios complete with furniture and gas barbecue (just to name a few). When your family isn't basking in the glory of their accommodations, they'll be out enjoying a stroll around the expansive landscaped courtyard or maybe a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or hot tub. Finally, Okanagan Lake is just steps away from the near-beachfront accommodations. It's everything your family could ever want!

Address

654 Cook Rd #254, Kelowna, BC V1W 3G7, Canada

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Amenities consist of a landscaped courtyard with an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, plus a grill restaurant and a coffee shop.

Related activities

The hotel is 1.3 km from Gyro Beach Park and 5 km from downtown Kelowna.

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Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino, British Columbia

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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... read more

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.

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500 Osprey Ln Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada

Population

1,876

Elevation

30 ft

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Glacier House Resort

Revelstoke, British Columbia

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If you family is so naturally-inclined, you couldn't dream up a better destination than Glacier House Resort. Located in the heart of the majestic Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges, it's the perfect setting... read more

If you family is so naturally-inclined, you couldn't dream up a better destination than Glacier House Resort. Located in the heart of the majestic Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges, it's the perfect setting for a family getaway!

Pure tranquility is everywhere you look! Go for a walk in the woods and get a little closer to Mother Earth- if you listen closely enough, you might hear her whisper to you. Glacier House also has a list of amenities as tall as the surrounding mountains, including indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, massage services, and a direct trail access to the wealth of surrounding snowmobile, dirt bike, ATV, hiking and biking trails. It's not an exaggeration when they say that adventure is right at your doorstep! Grab a bite to eat at the onsite Gallery Restaurant overlooking Mount Begbie, and relax- you're on vacation!

Address

1870 Glacier Ln, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0, Canada

Getting there

Just 10km north of Revelstoke, Glacier House has a true ‘backcountry’ feel!

Related Onsite Offerings

The cozy downstairs Gallery Bar opens at 4.30pm.

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Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa

Victoria, British Columbia

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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... read more

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!

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King Pacific Lodge

Vancouver, British Columbia

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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... read more

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.

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Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort

Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia

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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... read more

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.

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Predator Ridge

Vernon, British Columbia

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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... read more

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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Harrison Beach Hotel

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia

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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,... read more

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.

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Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat

Honeymoon Bay, British Columbia

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From the name alone, you wouldn’t guess that The Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat is an incredible family destination. But, and bear with me here, it is!

As a health & wellness center, there is a ton... read more

From the name alone, you wouldn’t guess that The Honeymoon Bay Lodge & Retreat is an incredible family destination. But, and bear with me here, it is!

As a health & wellness center, there is a ton for parents to love here. Let’s just get to the point: your body is going to leave feeling a heck of a lot better than when you come. The saltwater hot tub, and infrared sauna will mellow you out, then a massage, reflex-foot therapy, laser acutherapy, and medi-spa facial will make you feel like a million bucks. Meanwhile, the kids will go bananas for the incredible surroundings. The beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island is the perfect place for hiking, biking, and all manner of outdoors activities. Good luck with having the willpower to leave!

Address

10028 Park Dr, Honeymoon Bay, BC V0R 1Y0, Canada

Highlights

Continental breakfast is complimentary, so dig in!

Related activities

The lodge is a 10-minute walk from the shores of Honeymoon Bay and 3.8 km from Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve.

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