Sometimes you just have to get away from it all. As beautiful as the city is, time in nature can be a breath of fresh air for families who just need a break.
One great option to do just that in the Vancouver area is Harrison Hot Springs. It’s a 90 minute drive east of Vancouver. And while our family loves floating around the hot springs fed pools at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, there are a ton of outdoorsy activities you can enjoy in the local area – on land, water or air.
Get your boat on the water and explore! Make sure to bring along some sunscreen, water and life jackets to ensure a safe journey. Rainbow Falls, Echo Island and Long Island are great boating excursions. There’s also lots of fishing to enjoy with salmon, sturgeon, and trout. If you don’t have a boat, you can rent one. If you prefer to enjoy the quiet of paddling without a motor, there are many places to explore in a canoe or kayak. The waterfront also boasts a floating waterpark. You can hike to find hot springs or you can visit the local public pool that is hot springs fed.
Harrison Hot Springs is perfect for a walk along the beach, a hike into the woods or even a bike ride. There are local rental options if you don’t have a bike of your own. There’s just so much nature to explore on foot and it’s a great way to get a workout as a family while having lots of fun!
This one is more geared to the grown ups, but in Harrison Hot Springs you can take to the skies while you paraglide. It’s such beautiful country; a bird’s eve view would be unforgettable.
With so much to see, you don’t have to go it alone. There are plenty of local guides and tour companies who can help you design the experience best suited for your family, including wildlife viewing, information about the local First Nations culture and the legend of the Sasquatch.
When you’re done exploring, fuel up at one of the ice cream shops or charming local cafes that line the main street (there’s even a chocolate shop!). While Harrison Hot Springs is a great day trip option, if you’re looking to extend your trip, there are many campground, hotel and motel options available – so you can pack the kids up and go on an extended adventure to this gorgeous little oasis.
Check out the Harrison Tourism site for more information helpful to plan your adventure.
(photos courtesy of Harrison Hot Springs Tourism)