By Kerry Vital, Black Press
Life gets busy sometimes and spending time with loved ones can become difficult. Family Day, taking place Feb. 10, is the perfect reason to gather the family and take in some of British Columbia’s best attractions.
Start with Big White Ski Resort, just outside of Kelowna.
“There’s something for everyone here,” says Katie Balkwill, regional sales manager for Big White Ski Resort. “We’re Canada’s largest ski-in ski-out resort. Anywhere you wake up, you’ll be on the slopes, and the quality of our snow is amazing.”
Black Press readers can enter to win a weekend for four (two adults and two children under 18) at Big White Ski Resort, with lift passes and two nights accommodation in a slopeside hotel room. For more information, visit your local Black Press paper’s website at http://www.starjournal.net/contests/.
Big White is about more than skiing and snowboarding though. Balkwill also notes that they have an ice-climbing tower, fireworks every Saturday night over the huge outdoor skating rink and many other activities for the whole family.
On Feb. 10, B.C. residents will be able to purchase a single-day lift ticket for 50 per cent off. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, British Columbians can book any two consecutive nights and two days of skiing, and Big White will give you the third night and third day of skiing at half-price, valid between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13.
The Lower Mainland is home to plenty of family-friendly outdoor spots, including Granville Island, numerous beaches and parks. If it’s indoor fun you’re looking for, attractions such as the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the Museum of Vancouver, Science World at the Telus World of Science, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Vancouver Art Gallery should all be tops on your list. Outdoor activities are also plentiful in B.C. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of Vancouver’s most well-known attractions, with its famous suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk and other places to explore. The North Shore mountains all offer a variety of activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tobogganing, or you can go a bit farther afield to visit Whistler Blackcomb.
On B.C. Family Day, lift tickets at many participating ski areas will be offered to B.C. residents at 50 per cent off. For more information and the list of participating resorts, visit www.skicanada.org.
B.C. has more than 850 parks and natural areas to hike in, including Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail. Provincial parks are often host to several hiking trails, or check out the Sunshine Coast Trail or Juan de Fuca Marine Trail.
Budding equestrians or cowboys might enjoy a trail ride at one of B.C.’s ranches, whether it’s a weekend trip in B.C.’s Interior or a day trip just outside of Metro Vancouver. In Northern B.C., climbing and caving can take place all year-round at one of the local mountain ranges. Guided tours are often available to show you some truly beautiful scenery, from glaciers to frozen waterfalls. Dog-sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also great pursuits to try.
The Southern and Northern Gulf Islands are just a ferry ride away from the mainland, and can open up a brand-new world of hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities.