British Columbia’s mountains, lakes and harbors offer hundreds of great spring break family getaways. These standout cities and villages provide lots of great indoor and outdoor fun things to do for little kids, big kids and teens. Take a look and let me know if I’ve forgotten any of your favorite spring break destinations.
Spring Break Ideas for British Columbia
1. Vancouver and West Fraser Valley.Â Visit nearbyÂ Fort Langley and hear stories by the fire, learn about historic weaponsÂ and then back into Vancouver to visitÂ Kitsilano with kids. If it’s raining? No problem. Check out this list of greatÂ rainy day activities in Vancouver.
2. Whistler.Â You’ll still find fresh powder in the impressive Blackcomb-Whistler community; if you stay right in Whistler village, everything (restaurants, lifts, and activites) is walkable. Ride theÂ Peak 2 Peak,Â swing at the new playgroundÂ and oh yeah, ski! Check theÂ Whistler family deals and activities pageÂ at the Whistler-Blackcomb site.
3. Steveston. No, it’s not big or fancy or all that far from Vancouver. Â But this little seaside fishing village has charm to spare, and feels worlds away from the big city. Walking the historic streets feels like a step into a quiet past — so it’s just the right speed for a getaway-from-it-all BC spring break with kids. Stay in Vancouver or Richmond (don’t miss taking the kids to sample the international flavors of Richmond’sÂ Aberdeen Centre) or just visit for the day. Read more atÂ Steveston with Kids.
4. Fort Steele.Â In East Kootenay,Â this restored 1890s boom townÂ boasts more than 60 heritage buildings, and spring break demonstrations of tin smithing, gold panning and dress making.
6. Fort Steele.Â In East Kootenay,Â this restored 1890s boom townÂ boasts more than 60 heritage buildings, and spring break demonstrations of tin smithing, gold panning and dress making.
7. Kelowna. Ski and tube at Big White (look at the family spring break packages), visit the KelownaÂ Art Gallery for free on ThursdaysÂ and go for drop-in swim time in the wave pool at H2O Adventure Fitness.
8. Prince George. Learn about hands-on science and history at the Exploration Place Museum and Science CenterÂ (check out those dino models!), view constellations at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Prince George Centre, play in the sprays, bubbles and lazy river at the Prince George Aquatic Centre.
9. Revelstoke. Chug your way through the Revelstoke Railway Museum, slalom your way down Revelstoke Mountain Resort (where kids stay, eat and play free through March)Â and tour the Rogers Pass National Historic Site.
11. Harrison Hot Springs.Â Spring break-themed deals and packages for familiesÂ abound atÂ Harrison Hot Springs and Resort, on the south shores of Harrison Lake.
Vancouver Island Spring Break Ideas
12. Victoria Spring Break.Â One of my favorite destinations if you prefer a pedestrian-friendly spring break; leave the car at home and push the stroller or hold hands in the compact downtown. EnjoyÂ toddler-friendly activitiesÂ andÂ 35 free and cheap things to do with kids in Victoria.
13. Parksville.Â Also on Vancouver Island, this beach town was made for families. ExploreÂ Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, go on aÂ self-guided tourÂ ofÂ Morningstar Farm, wow over the springtime enthusiasm ofÂ Little Qualicum FallsÂ and warm up atÂ Nature World, in the butterfly-dotted tropical gardens.Â
14. Ladysmith.Â On Vancouver Island, this laid-back town offers shopping,Â beach playÂ and a bright red-and-greenÂ little trolley. But before you book your destination, review this round-up I wrote onÂ kid-friendly Vancouver Island resorts.
15. Tofino. Vancouver Island’s western shores offer stormwatching, beaches, movies and even more fabulous kid-friendly excursions. Read more on Tofino with kids, with tips from a Tofino dad.