On Vancouver Island, you’ll find one of North America’s most grandiose alpine settings that’s made even more enticing by the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and Strathcona Park. Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts of a paradise overflowing with exciting recreational activities, particularly in the summer season.
Hikers, bikers and summer alpine enthusiasts won’t ever get tired of this place.This park, which first opened in 1979, is also a perfect destination for families where memories for the best summer family vacations are made!
Here are four activities that you won’t get enough of while you’re here:
There’s a plethora of gorgeous bike trails that you can traverse while on vacation in this part of Vancouver Island.If you’re a novice biker, don’t fret.There’s a network of beginner’s trails such as the “Green Line Trail,” which is the best place for you to start.Now, if you’re already a seasoned biker, “Back in Black” will give you the challenge for which you are looking. It’s very popular for its perfect combination of woods and dirt trails.
The resort also plays host to biking events like the “Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle” held August 3 to 4, the “BC Cup Provincial Championships” taking place from August 24 to 26, and the “Fall Freak-Out Bike Fest” on September 1 to 2.
2. Alpine Hiking
Mount Washington provides the best access to BC’s oldest and most beautiful park called the Strathcona Provincial Park.And the best way to explore the surroundings is by hiking along the Paradise Meadows Trailhead, which starts at the base of Mount Washington.
This hiking trail offers a spectacular experience not only for expert hikers but also for beginners and children.During your hiking expedition, expect close encounters with wildlife species like eagles, deer, whiskey jacks, marmots, and possibly even a few bears! Self-guided interpretive walks and guided tours with naturalists are available.
3. Scenic Chairlift Rides
Not much of a hiker? Don’t worry.You can still marvel at the awesome views by taking a scenic chairlift ride.The entire ride lasts for about 15 minutes. Yes, that’s 15 minutes of mind-blowing views of the Alpine setting and the Pacific Ocean.You’ll be taken to the summit of Mount Washington, which is at an altitude of 1588 meters.Here, you can experience the thrill of the panoramic scenery of the Comox Glacier, Mount Arrowsmith, and of course, the Strathcona Provincial Park.
4. Disc (Frisbee) Golf
Summer family vacations at this resort won’t be complete without a round or two of disc golf.This challenging game only takes about an hour to play and, yet, it will give you copious amounts of fun and laughter.If you’re wondering what disc golf is, it’s like the traditional golf we all know about, but instead of using clubs and balls, you use flying discs.Think Frisbee.You can just imagine how much fun you’ll be having when you play this incredible, new game that the whole family can enjoy.
Spend your summer family vacations at Mount Alpine Resort.This privately owned resort community is open all year round and can be found near the Comox Valley.Enjoy!
To check out transportation options to reach Mount Washington Alpine Resort, 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.