While many associate Mount Washington with winter’s seasonal activities, the mile-high destination is actually a perfect spot to spend a summer family vacation. From incredible hiking trails to a disc golf course and bungee trampoline, there are plenty of options for the whole family.
Mount Washington stands at 1,590 metres (5,217 feet) and is located 25 km west from the Comox Valley and 100 km north of Nanaimo. The mountain is typically open to summer visitors from June till September, giving you plenty of time to plan your trip and enjoy all the wonderful natural sceneries.
If you are planning a summer family vacation to the Mount Washington area, be sure to check out everything the Comox Valley has to offer as well! Whether you are looking to spend a day on one of the many beautiful beaches, are an avid golfer, or are interested in a relaxing spa day, you won’t be disappointed.
Summer Attractions Found on Mount Washington
As a top attraction on Vancouver Island during the winter months, many people forget how great Mount Washington is in the summertime. Attracting more than 250,000 visitors year-round, Mount Washington has become one of the top places to spend a summer family vacation. Whether you are looking for a challenging hike to test your physical strength, or are interested in taking in the incredible flowers and grand scenery, Mount Washington is a must-see this summer.
Take a ride on one of the chairlift rides and soak up the stunning vistas of Strathcona Park, the Comox Valley, and the Georgia Strait. There is also a wide range of hiking trails suitable for all levels on Mount Washington, in Paradise Meadows, and in Strathcona Park. For those looking to spend a day on the greens, try your hand at mini-golf, or check out the incredible disc golf course and see what it is all about!
Mount Washington is also home to a bungee trampoline, which is a perfect way to spend a day laughing with the family. For those looking for something a little more involved, book one of the guided alpine hikes. Mount Washington offers both single and multi-day hikes, and they must be booked in advance.
Yet another bonus to spending your summer family vacation in the Mount Washington area is the abundance of wildlife that you are sure to see. From Whiskey Jacks and Stellar Jays to the ever-evasive Vancouver Island marmots, you won’t want to blink for fear of missing out the sights!
Nearby Attractions in the Comox Valley Area
Once you have experienced everything Mount Washington has to offer, check out some of the other incredible Vancouver Island attractions. During the summer months, popular adventures include kayaking, canoeing, boating, white water rafting, waterskiing, diving, surfing, and more. The incredible beaches throughout Vancouver Island are wonderful for spending a day beachcombing, sandcastle building, or simply playing in the sea.
There are also numerous activities for younger kids in the family, including a petting zoo at Seaview Game Farm.
Be sure to check out the local calendar and plan your trip around one of the area’s festivals, such as the BC Shellfish Festival, the Filberg Festival, the Vancouver Island Music Festival, Nautical Days, Canada Day Celebrations, and KidsFest.
When planning a summer family vacation, Mount Washington and its surrounding areas are a wonderful option. From spending several days on the mountain hiking and taking in the exceptional scenery and wildlife to checking out the local beaches and water activities, this area of Vancouver Island is a hotspot for family vacations this summer.
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