Big White Dog Sled Tours

I thoroughly enjoyed every outdoor activity I tried during our family vacation at Big White Ski Resort, but I think flying down a nordic trail pulled by a team of sled dogs was my favorite (don't tell). I arrived for my Big White dog sledding … [Read more...]

Big White Ice Tower Climb: a family activity (yes, really!)

Among the many unique outdoor activities offered at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna BC is their 60 foot Ice Tower. The only such tower in North America, this structure is looms as a huge, contoured block of ice in the center of Big White's Adventure … [Read more...]

Big White Ski Resort: family-friendly skiing in Kelowna BC

It speaks to Big White Ski Resort's dedication to families that there's too many family-friendly activities, events, and programs to include in just one post. Over the next week, we'll be featuring our favorites, in addition to this overview of the … [Read more...]

Fairmont Chateau Whistler: an ultimate ski vacation destination

Some hotel stays are simply pit stops, and some are once-in-a-lifetime fairy tale destinations. Count the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as the latter. Is the indulgence of a Fairmont hotel stay worth the expense? Yes. So if you can possibly swing it, … [Read more...]

Dining in Whistler Village: where to eat on a budget

A walk through Whistler Village's famed Village Stroll will take families past plenty of dining options, but a perusal of menus will show that most fall in the mid-to fine dining category. While families vacationing in Whistler should plan for at … [Read more...]

Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, BC

At first glance in a guidebook or two, I didn't think the Butchart Gardens had much to offer a family with three active kids. I was wrong: the two hours we spent there waiting for a recent ferry crossing from Sidney BC to Washington's San Juan … [Read more...]

Where to stay in Parksville, BC: Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa

The first thing my kids noticed upon entering the grounds of Parksville BC's Tigh-Na-Mara Beach Resort was the pool house. Then the kids' club space. Then the playground and the basketball and tennis court. Finally, they spotted the beach access … [Read more...]

Where to find tide pools in Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC

Every tide pool we saw in Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island's west coast was more amazing than the last. After a while, we stopped exclaiming about it and learned to expect to be stunned by the intertidal beauty of this area. Where to find the best tide … [Read more...]

What to do in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve with kids

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island's scenic west coast is a must-do for families visiting Vancouver Island. The park is divided in to three sections: Long Beach, Broken Island Group, and West Coast Trail. The Broken Island Group … [Read more...]

Where to stay in Tofino BC: a review of MacKenzie Beach Resort

As you might guess, the outdoor excursion, storm-watching, and surfing mecca of known as the west side of Vancouver Island offers more lodging in Tofino than anywhere else we visited on our July 2012 Vancouver Island trip. Families can choose from … [Read more...]