Spring Break: Exploring Our Favourite BC Destinations

Our original plan was to spend our 2 week Spring Break vacation checking off items on our infinitely long to-do list. Fix this, clean that, buy this, build that. Sounds exciting, right? But when the first day of vacation arrived, we thought we’d throw that plan out the window and enjoy what might be our last time off as a family before the arrival of baby #3. A few phone calls later and we were off on an adventure around our beautiful province.

Our first stop was Gibsons, BC. Nestled along the shoreline of BC’s Sunshine Coast, Gibsons is a quaint and serene little town built around a picturesque harbour. Gibsons also happens to be the hometown of my husband, who was born and raised in the wharf-side community. A quick 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, Gibsons is a family-favourite local getaway.

 Gibsons BC

Our second stop was Victoria, BC, the capital of our beautiful province. Rich in history and offering a plethora of natural settings, the Vancouver Island gem is a favourite for many BC residents. For us, it’s also a favourite destination because we can visit with family members who call Victoria home.

 Victoria BC

Our third and final stop was Harrison Hot Springs, BC. The lakeside village has been a family-favourite Summer destination for years, but this was our first time visiting the resort during the Spring months. Surrounded by mountains and a glacier-fed lake, and featuring five pools warmed by the bubbling natural hot springs, the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa is the perfect getaway for families.

Harrison Hot Springs BC

We love local travel, and we love quality time outdoors as a family. The three destinations we’ve visited over the last two weeks have provided the perfect backdrop for a memorable family vacation – enjoying the natural beauty of our surroundings, and time with the ones we love most. Next year, we hope to do it again, with our new addition to the family in tow.

Spring Break

My Love Affair With Granville Island

I’m one of the fortunate few who was born and raised right in the centre of the most beautiful city in the world, Vancouver BC. Even more fortunate, I was able to spend the majority of my childhood living amongst the lovely scenery of Graville Island, a small community and main tourist attraction near the centre of the city.
Now that I’ve moved away, I try to visit Granville Island with my children as often as possible. There’s so much to do there, and in every direction you turn, you’re faced with breathtaking scenery.
I had the kids to myself today, and it was a rare occassion where we didn’t have any pre-scheduled plans. So off to my favourite place we went! We perused the toy shops and play centres within the Kids Market, a two-story  mini mall filled with rides, puppets, toys and activities. We popped in for some play, and made the last-minute decision to take Emma for her very first hair cut (at almost 5). Although she got to sit in a pink car and watch Dora, she was less than impressed.

Once finished, we headed back outside where there is a great wooden boat for kids to play on, right on the edge of a little duck pond.
We then headed over to the world-reknowned Granville Island Market. Packed with fresh flowers, rainbows of organic fruits and veggies, and fresh fish, meats and cheeses, the market is a one-stop shop for any cravings you may have. We picked up some lunch and headed out front where there are rows of benches facing the ocean. Live musicians set the mood, and swarms of pigeons and seagulls keep you company as you bask in the sun.
Once we finished our lunches, we headed down to the water and climbed onto a small Aquabus. A short boat ride across the ocean and back was a great little adventure for my little ones, who enjoy the ocean almost as much as their mama.
Then off we went to one of several playgrounds in the area. The kids played on the swings and teeter totters, and ran around on the bright green grass. With only an hour left (thanks to the tight parking restrictions), there was one more stop I wanted to make before we headed home.

We enjoyed a quick little snack on a big green hill beside the ocean. Sitting under a canopy of trees, we nibbled on some fruit and enjoyed the view. We took the long way back to the car and admired a small community of floating houses lining the shore. We fantasized about living in one of those floating houses, and talked about all the things we would do if we lived right on the ocean in the centre of Granville Island.

The kids fell asleep in minutes on the drive home, and I reminisced on the day’s events. A perfect day with my favourite little people, who could ask for anything more?

A Beachin’ September Saturday

After a torturous Friday night from hell – which included such events as bathing my dog 3 times in a row after she had been stink-sprayed 2 inches from her face by an angry skunk at midnight, coinciding with an inconsolable toddler who cried continuously from 11pm until I finally managed to get him down at 3am – I needed to recoup with a Saturday afternoon at my happy place.
As always, I sat back and inhaled the fresh air as I watched my beautiful family enjoy this lovely spot we visit often, only 10 minutes (by car) from our house.
We left the beach with smiles on our faces, and our skin kissed by the sun. The stresses of the night before slowly dissolved, replaced by the sounds of kidlet giggles and happy faces. The cherry on top of our delicious day – when my daughter handed me this heart-shaped leaf and told me that “I will have her heart forever”. *swoon*