Family Vacations from Vancouver

Published Jul 15, 2013

Looking to get away? ChatterBlock has some great family vacations from Vancouver for you!

I know you might have to listen to the kids say “are we there yet?!” the whole way, but it’s worth it to be able to explore this beautiful place we live. I know we’re all thinking it, but let’s just say it: the west coast is the best coast. British Columbia has a ton to offer. From the sun kissed beaches and isolated forest trails on Vancouver Island, to the awe inspiring views from the snow-capped mountain tops, to the vibrant cities, to the relaxing wineries in the Okanagan valleys. Basically, there is something for everyone. To get you started on your next family trip, ChatterBlock has scoped out some great family-oriented destinations not far from the city and some nice escapes to see the best of Vancouver Island.


Chateau Big White – Kelowna

Definitely worth the drive to see these snow covered mountains in the Okanagan. The Chateau Big White is ideally situated in the heart of the resort with spectacular views of the entire village. The hotel also features an outdoor hot tub, Black Diamond Bar & Grill, and some relaxation at Beyond Wrapture Day Spa.

Manteo Resort – Kelowna

Located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, only minutes from downtown, championship golf courses, estate wineries, and ski hills. Manteo Resort makes travelling with the kids no problem with their very own Movie Theatre and library selection of movies to choose from. Also, create a fun package for the kids to enjoy their Kidz Klub (seasonal) while you have some time on your own to relax by the pool.

Tantalus Lodge – Whistler

Located just 5 minutes from endless dining and shopping options in Whistler Village, Tantalus Lodge offers a true Whistler experience. It offers full selection of year round and seasonal amenities for you and your family to enjoy. Inspired by traditional ski lodges from around the world, and surrounded by mountains and luscious forest, Tantalus Lodge is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes and exploring Whistler.

Zeptrek Ecotours – Whistler

For you adrenaline loving families- Ziptrek Ecotours truly delivers an exciting adventure. On Ziptrek tours you enjoy an unforgettable opportunity to explore, learn and delight in the thrill of an aerial adventure in natural environments. This experience will send you on to suspension bridges, treetop observation platforms, ground based trails and ziplines. For ages 6 and up!

Vancouver Island

The Island’s convenient location makes it a great place to take some family vacations from Vancouver. Visit the quaint city of Victoria (also the home base of ChatterBlock!), which has tons of great attractions for kids, from the Undersea Gardens, to Miniature World, to nice walks along the harbour with stunning views of the Parliament and the Empress. Or head up island and get back to nature for some relaxation or excitement- whichever you prefer.

The Delta – Victoria

Situated on Victoria’s breathtaking Inner Harbour, the newly renovated Delta Victoria Ocean Point Resort and Spa is just steps from downtown shopping, restaurants and attractions.  This beautiful hotel offers a modern waterfront setting for unsurpassed guest service, exceptional dining, and full resort amenities.

Five Star Whale Watching – Victoria

Five Star Whale Watching is Victoria’s longest running and most respected Whale Watching company, and a key player in establishing Victoria British Columbia as a world famous whale watching destination. Our high speed expedition catamarans are the perfect vessels for environmentally responsible whale watching without sacrificing comfort. Imagine your kids faces when they see a whale breach out of the water… priceless!

The Beach Club Resort – Parksville

The Beach Club offers guests an incredible array of onsite amenities including The Stonewater Spa, Pacific Prime Steak & Chop Restaurant with its famous beachfront patio just off the Parksville Beach Boardwalk, an indoor ocean-side pool and hot tub, and the ever-popular Sand Seeker Kid’z Kamp. Beach Club has covered every detail so that you and your family can just relax and enjoy your Vancouver Island vacation.

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort – Parksville

Set in 22 acres of arbutus and fir forest nestled beside the ocean; this kid-friendly location offers direct access to three kilometers of sandy Rathtrevor Beach and the warmest ocean swimming in Canada. For kids, this resort offers family friendly accommodations, an outdoor playground, and an indoor pool. Tigh-Na-Mara’s focus is to ensure that you have a unique and memorable stay. 

Tiger Lily Farms – Parksville

Tiger Lily Farm is a family operated working farm. It has been open to the public for 15 years and has been an integral part of the community. Let your kids get up close and personal with barnyard friends: ride a pony, milk the goats, feed the babies, collect eggs, pet the bunnies and count the chicks are just a few of the “farm chores” you will be able to do while you visit the Barnyard. You can also take a Horseback Trail ride or Riding Lessons.

Remote Passages Marine Excursions – Tofino

On a weekend getaway to Tofino, get out on the water to see some gray whales, humpback whales, sea otters, and sea lions- great fun for the kids and the whole family. Remote Passages Marine Excursion also offers Hot Spring Explorer day tours, sea kayaking, family paddles, and a harbor crossing for families over to Meares Island’s “Big Tree Trail”: a 1.5 km walk through ancient rain forest to a 1,600 year old cedar!

Best way to get there?

BC Ferries

If you’re wanting to take any family vacations from Vancouver this summer over to the lovely Vancouver Island, the BC Ferries are taking you to beautiful places every day. Check out their website for some awesome deals on Summer Packages!

More Great Things To Do

Looking for something different?  Did you know that ChatterBlock lists all the best events in Vancouver for Kids and Families?  Check out the most popular events!



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