As the world’s second largest country, Canada is definitely not lacking family adventure destinations. With grizzly bear safaris, ski slopes and more, Canada is the perfect place for family fun, especially those who love outdoor activities. This first hand guide and travel tips to the west coast will no doubt give you a fun and memorable stay that you will not be forgetting any time soon!
Great grizzly bear safari
Put on your binoculars and seek Canada’s grizzly bears amongst the trees and woodland in the wilderness of Western Canada. The dramatic snow-capped peaks and Canada’s rugged coastline set the scene as one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear. Located north of Campbell River, the Knight Inlet Lodge in beautiful British Columbia makes you feel like you are a real explorer on a mission! If things get too intense, however, you can hide away in one of their cosy log cabins, eating delicious salmon caught in the nearby river. Relax by the campfire and hear exciting bear stories from the past. Bear watching is one of Canada’s most popular activities, so don’t miss out, and with long bear watching seasons, you will always find one hiding!
Super surfing and water sports
If your family thrives off adrenaline pumping through your veins, then surfing and water sports will be right up your street. This Canadian holiday is perfectly suited to families who adore the water and outdoor adventure. Amongst the stunning scenery, you can enjoy surfing, rafting or canoeing in the deep blue waters off Vancouver Island. Renowned as a popular tourist destination for families, you will find yourself holidaying along white sandy beaches, rock reefs and colourful fish. Head to where the best surf is found, Tofino, and you can learn the skills and techniques from the pros. The perfect waves are beginner-friendly as they range in size, but will also test those more experienced and looking for a challenge. With dedicated surf, paddleboard and kiteboarding communities, Vancouver Island offers beach cabins and resorts depending on your family size and budget.
Fun family ski trip
Wrap up warm, put on those cosy ski mittens and head up the mountains for some ski slope fun! Located out west, near Vancouver, is Whistler Blackcomb. With different coloured runs, indicating the level of skiing ability required for each, every slope will be sure to suit every family member. As Canada is known for having legendary ski resorts with endless amounts of fresh powder, make sure you explore the mountains together as a family. Snake your way down the white slopes to a beautifully rustic hut, where you can enjoy a delicious steak and chips or a hot stew to reenergise. There are also numerous after ski activities including hiking, shopping and a toboggan run, providing limitless winter fun for all! After a tiring days skiing, why not warm up with a hot cocoa or relax in a spa? With steam rooms, saunas and a choice of massages, your aching joints and strained muscles will be soothed back to normality. For a great all-rounder ski resort that is also family friendly look into Fernie Alpine or Panorama, both fun and affordable family skiing options. The laidback atmosphere and friendly locals of Canada’s ski resorts on the west coast will keep you all smiling and give you an enjoyable stay.
Full of action-packed activities, this is bound to be your best family holiday yet. Be sure to visit the west coast of Canada for some quality family time and adventure fun.
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Kathryn Munro is Managing Director at Canadian Affair.