Family Vacations in British Columbia

Summer Vacation is officially here and it’s not marked by the Summer solstice but by when the little kiddies get of school and are set free for 2+ glorious months. Funny that they call it vacation because it’s anything but for the parents… Anyways, we know that somewhere along the way you to will get ‘vacation’ and get the opportunity to round up the whole family and take a nice relaxing fun filled trip.

British Columbia offers a wide variety of fun filled activities for the whole family whether it’s a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium or a setting up camp in the Okanagan. We have outlined a few excellent destinations for the whole family to enjoy.

If you are a local Vancouverite or visiting and planning on heading into the vast and beautiful province of British Columbia car rental companies have the perfect vehicle for your family vacation. Consider renting an SUV or an 8 & 12 Passenger Van to ensure the whole family and all your belongings fit comfortably for the haul. We know how it can be on those long road trip drives and how any discomfort in the back translates into a whole lot of discomfort up front.

Okanagan Valley

Located centrally in the province of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley is a very arid region that offers many different resorts from large brands to small quaint family owned spots, although camping at the many sites in the very favorable summer climate is a great experience. The region is dotted with tons of lakes where you can enjoy boating, watersports, swimming and splashing at the shore. Many towns and cities have central areas with rope swings, slides and diving boards to give the little kiddies some thrills. Go-kart tracks, waterslides, mountain biking, horseback riding, and theme parks are also scattered about the region. Of course there are activities for the parents too from wine tours, golfing, and most importantly relaxing lakeside. Some of the spots to visit in the region: Penticton, Osoyoos, Kelowna and Vernon.

Greater Vancouver

The most densely populated area of British Columbia, Vancouver is the main city that offers tons of fun for both you and you kids. The main attractions are the renowned Vancouver Aquarium, Splashdown Park Waterside, Science World, Fort Langley and the outdoor swimming pool at Kitsilano Beach. Like all cities there are plenty of parks, festivals and children focused activities constantly happening throughout the summer. The great part about Vancouver is the close proximity to the ocean and mountains so you are able to walk to the beach to get wet or make the quick trip out of the city and hike some trails of visit some lakes. Of course the ‘big’ city offers lots of entertainment and world-class dinning for the parents… but if you can’t shake the kids you’ll find numerous restaurants suitable for the whole family.

Whistler

Whistler is a top destination year round. When the snow melts and the skis are packed away for another season many different activities just start to get going. The village is always bustling with activities for everyone, especially the kids. At the bas of the gondolas that will often be play areas and more radical trapeze setups to do. Downhill mountain biking pretty much takes over and is a thrill for the whole family. You can take a casual ride down or just hike around after catching the lift up then watch the pros dazzle any time of the day but especially when they host the Crankworks competition. The valley is lined with trails that you can casually bike of rollerblade and you will come across countless lakes, parks and picnic areas to settle down and enjoy the spectacular scenery. All the resorts are family friendly and offer swimming pools and play area for the kids to get their kicks.

British Columbia Interior Road Trip

Most visitors are surprised to learn that British Columbia, Canada has a large area that is very similar to the arid and dry landscapes of Central California. There a many differences of course like a colder winter season and many more beautiful glacier fed lakes that dot the landscape. However, there are also many similarities such as the low rolling hills, tumble weed, wine country, fruit production and desert sunsets. Yes that’s right, a dessert! Canada’s only official desert, classified by limited annual precipitation is located on a thin strip of land between 2 lakes in the interior of British Columbia.

British Columbia offers visitors and eco tourists some of the most spectacular views and natural landscapes in the world. Most people are aware of the beautiful Pacific Coast where rainforest covered mountains meets the shimmering ocean or the majestic Rocky Mountains standing high to the east (technically in Alberta but really they are the climax of a gradual geological story told across British Columbia that builds up from tectonic activity beyond the western shores). Provincial lines drawn on natural barriers are not here nor there, what is important to realize the beauty and enjoyment that can be found in between the more known and celebrated natural monuments of Western Canada.

In fact, it’s the geology and weather patterns that create this gem of a region in Central British Columbia. As the moist cold air comes of the Pacific and reaches land it is driven upwards by the Coastal Mountains creating large amounts of precipitation. This creates the lush and rich rainforest all along the coast. After this mountain range the air that has dumped a tremendous amount of moisture passes over the lower, hilly and lake filled interior of British Columbia before being forced up to even greater heights by the legendary Rocky Mountains. The result of this dance between air and earth is an area that the locals call ‘The Interior.’

Traveling to Vancouver is a great trip in itself, but getting the opportunity to get out of the city to explore the nature and landscapes of the province is where the real unique side of this part of the world resides. Renting a car and driving out will get you to these places very easily and in a relatively short period of time. In just a few hours drive you’ll be on your way through changing landscapes and mountain passes where you’ll witness the transformation from lush green mountainous rain forest to arid golden rolling hills.

Anytime of year is worth the drive although in winter the frost bites much harder in central British Columbia than on the moderated coast. The peak time, at least when most of the locals head inland, is in the summer months. At that time the weather is hot and dry, perfect to jump into one of the many gorgeous lakes that sprawl across the region. Watersports on the lakes, boating, biking, golf and wine touring amongst many other activities are all at your fingertips. The area is hugely popular with families as well with the many waterparks, festivals, beaches and family camping spots.

Winter doesn’t give you that Central California feel (but with lakes!) but rather a uniquely snowy desert with ski resorts, cross-country trails, snowmobiling and much more. Obviously you need to dress differently and the activity calendar shifts but the beauty and fun for the whole remains limitless. From the sweetness of the regions ice wines to the thrill of the renowned light dry champagne power of skiing enthusiasts, this destination is full of unique experiences.

A visitor can fly into the regional airports of the area from Vancouver and even to an international airport in the city of Kelowna directly. Even though the views from an airplane are also spectacular, the drive through the coastal mountains and then out into the drier Interior of British Columbia will become lasting memories for you and your family. Once you arrive you have many options to stay and having your vehicle will allow you to explore the many lakes, sights and towns in the region. The Interior is a sizable area with many spots to see so having your own wheels will provide you with the flexibility and convenience to leisure enjoy them all.

Anti Theft Backpack Mark Ryden Backpack

Anti Theft Backpacks make a surprisingly new consumption of the US Market. The first known backpack brand was the Bobby Backpack which was made in 2012 by an individual in Great Britain. Since there have been serious counterfeits that are made in China and sold in the United States. Mark Ryden Backpack is different

Produced in the United States, Mark Ryden Backpack has been in business since 2014, producing Anti Theft Backpacks in the United States. Surprisingly, they produce more than backpacks, producing wallets, travel backpacks, as well as sling backpacks. They are growing in the United States and plan to expand to other countries for production. We tried an Anti Theft Backpack for ourselves to see if lived up to the hype.

When unpacking the backpack was black with zippers that were grey. The logo was clearly imprinted on the front with the zippers having a grey logo on it. The front has big stripes that looked really nice. The interior was even better! The interior had three compartments that were roomy enough to fit a camera or even a laptop. However, the most impressive part was the anti-theft feature. The zippers face back towards your back so you don’t have to worry about your things being stolen. I thought this feature was really neat and extremely practical, especially if you are traveling!

Why do I recommend it? You’ll say hey Mark, there are tons of Anti Theft Backpacks on the market so what makes this different? First, the backpack has a USB charging port! Neat right? This port easily connects with a cord allowing you to charge your dead phone in a heartbeat. Another feature is the anti-theft pockets on the backside of the backpack. This hidden anti-theft pocket is perfect for storing your tiny items, say a wallet or even your phone if you don’t want to carry it around! I think the coolest part was the hidden pocket on the backpack strap. You can easily store a credit card or subway card if you a commuter, giving you easy access without breaking a sweat. The backpack also has reflective features on the front which makes riding your bike at night extremely safe.