Searching for fun things to do with kids?Look no further than Vancouver Island, where there are lots of family-friendly camping sites and resorts.Many places cater to families with kids and provide a whole range of activities.
Rather than allow yourself to be dragged by your children from one summer activity to another, plan a fun outing that your whole family can enjoy.
Resorts and Provincial Parks Have a Lot to Offer
Check out the Riverbend Resort in the central part of the Island, just outside Parksville.If you’re travelling from Nanaimo, it will take you about 15 minutes to reach this beautiful location nestled within 16 acres of wooded parkland.
Riverbend Resort has a campground that is right next to the Englishman River.On a sunny day, you can put on your swimsuits and cool off in the clear water.The resort has a beach where you can lounge around and while away a lazy summer day while you keep an eye on your kids.
Just across the road from Riverbend Resort is Rathrevor Provincial Park, which features wonderful sandy beaches.It’s the perfect place to build a sandcastle with your family.You can also dig for clams or simply take a leisurely walk along the beach or into the park.
There are Accommodations to Suit Everyone
At the Riverbend Resort, campers can stay in tents or their recreational vehicles (RVs).You and the family could also experience sleeping in a yurt, available at $129 per night. (The yurts, by the way, are luxurious round rooms with vaulted ceilings, kitchenettes, bathrooms and TVs.)There are also cabins and cottages for rent with all the amenities. Expect to pay from $100 to $135 per night.
In Rathrevor Provincial Park, there are beautiful campgrounds and RV sites, as well as eight resorts, hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts.You can find the perfect camping site or any other accommodation in what is known to be one of BC’s most popular provincial parks.
Family Fun Activities are Right There!
Once you’ve settled on your campground, there are a lot of things to do near Riverbend Resort and Rathrevor Provincial Park.The Englishman River Falls is just 10 minutes away from Riverbend Resort by car, or can be reached by an easy hike, one of the many things to do with kids.Visitors to the falls are always impressed.
Parksville is a few minutes away, and there are other nearby villages to explore, as well as miniature golf, nature trails, beaches, and all the water sports your heart could desire.
If you or your children are tree-huggers (great nature lovers), take them to Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Park, where you can see Vancouver Island’s tallest trees.Some of the giant Douglas firs are 800 years old.
There are also many interpretive trails that you can choose for a great walking or hiking tour in Cathedral Grove. Note that this place becomes extremely busy during July and August, and the line of parked cars may reach right up to the highway.Drive carefully!
Staying near Parksville puts you right in the heart of the Island, with all it has to offer.Camping can be one of the many fun things to do with kids that will make your vacation full of wonderful memories. Bring your camera!
To check out transportation options for travelling to various camping spots, check out our Vancouver Island travel page.
Republished under Creative Commons License from West Coast Aquatic Safaris, an acclaimed Bear Watching, Whale Watching, Hot Springs Cove Tour Co & Marine Charter Co in Tofino, BC on the famed west coast of Vancouver Island. Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.