Have you ever said, “We should really plan a family reunion” but no one ever quite jumps to take the lead on it? Well we happen to think family is pretty important so we’ve done the work for you! 

We sourced every region around British Columbia and have come up with the best location to host a family reunion in BC this summer!

Vancouver Island

Strathcona Park Lodge

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Photo Credit: Strathcona Park Lodge

Designed for adventurers of all ages, your family will love this resort for its variety of amenities and custom experiences. Stay in one of their amazing cabins or cozy up in the hotel after a long day of playing outside with the family. You can go as active, or low key as you want, as they have a whole variety of activities including campfires, saunas, beach, swimming in the lake, canoeing, hiking, high ropes course, rock climbing, zip lining, and boat and bike rentals! Located just outside of Campbell River, Strathcona Park Lodge has been welcoming guests for over 50 years and is ready to host your family reunion!

Type of Accommodation: Cottages & Hotel Rooms
Pool: No (lake)
Accessible: Yes, ideally with assistance as there are some gravel roads.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Capacity: Up to 120 guests.
Activities: campfires, saunas, playing on the beach, swimming in the lake, canoeing, hiking, high ropes course, rock climbing, zip lining, boat and bike rentals.

Rathtreavor Beach Provincial Park

sunset-on-rathtreavor-beachSurrounding by old growth trees and sandy beaches, Rathtreavor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville has been one of Vancouver Island’s top camping locations for years. All campsites are within a 5 minute walk to over 2 km’s of beautiful sandy beaches just waiting to be explored by the whole family. The park has 6 group campsites, perfect for family reunions! These sites are located in an open field with picnic tables, fire pits, flush toilets, showers and a new wash station with fresh water. There are also 2 reservable picnic shelters perfect for a big family potluck. Group campsites are open from May 12 to October 15. Reservations can be make through the Discover Camping website.

Type of accommodation: Camping (both tents and RV’s are allowed in group sites)
Pool: No (ocean)
Accessible: Yes 
Pet Friendly: Yes, on leash only (pets are not permitted on the beach)
Capacity: Group Sites #1-2: max 30 people / Group Sites #3-6: max 80 people
Activities: canoeing, cycling, fishing, hiking, interpretive programs, swimming, wildlife viewing, windsurfing, campfires, playground

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Mile High Resort

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Photo Credit: Mile High Resort

The loons on the lake slowly rise you out of your slumber and as your eyes start to open you remember you’re starting your day in a really amazing place. Mile High Resort is centrally located in Logan Lake (approx. 30 mins South of Kamloops), making it the perfect meeting spot for a family reunion. Families can enjoy a combination of accommodations, either calling one of their 14 amazing cabins home, or bringing their own camping gear and setting up next to the campfire. Kids of all ages will enjoy adventures from mountain biking to swimming, riding your ATV or going for a hike. Those looking for more down time will enjoy a paddle around the lake via SUP or kayak.

Type of accommodation: Cabins & Tenting
Pool: No (lake)
Accessible:
Pet Friendly: No
Capacity: Up to 120 guests
Activities: campfires, beach, kayaking, SUP, hiking, ATV, snowmobiling, boat rentals  

Flying U Guest Ranch

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Photo Credit: Flying U Guest Ranch

It’s time to giddy up and grab the family for a reunion at the Flying U Guest Ranch, the oldest guest ranch in Canada (the barn was built in 1849)! Located close to 70 Mile House, this ranch has over 60,000 acres of trails for you and your family to explore. After settling into your 100+ year old cabin, guests are assigned their own horse and tack suited to their riding ability. When you’re not riding, guests can head down to the lake and go for a swim or canoe, play badminton, horseshoes, visit the health spa and hot tub, go for water skiing lessons, play mini golf, go for a walk, or leisurely enjoy the lake in a wooden row boat. Or perhaps you’d like to learn how to square dance, enjoy a drink at the Longhorn Saloon, or shop at the general store. Listen for the bell though as that’s when your next meal is served, where you and your family will enjoy sitting at the traditional long table sharing your stories about the day.

Type of accommodation: Log cabins and 2 large luxury houses.
Pool: No (lake)
Accessible: No
Pet Friendly: Yes
Capacity: 125
Activities: horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, row boats, badminton, spa, water ski lessons, golf, shopping, saloon.

Blue Lake Resort

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Photo Credit: Kelsey Brown

Located 15 Kilometers north of Boston Bar, or just a short two hour drive from Abbotsford, Blue Lake Resort is the perfect getaway for families looking for a family reunion destination. This campground offers a variety of accommodation offers including tents, rustic cabins, RV’s and sites for 5th wheels and motorhomes, making it a great destination for groups with varied needs. While you’re there enjoy playing in the lake, hiking through mountain trails, renting a boat, or riding your ATV through the miles of available trails. This place is a kid haven with a playground, youth centre, chickens and goats, and even a bouncy castle!  With thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, this is the perfect place to start a new family tradition. To make a reservation, visit their website.

Type of accommodation: Cabins & Tenting & RV Sites
Pool: No (lake)
Accessible:
Pet Friendly: Yes (pets must be on leash and are not permitted on the beach)
Capacity: Cabins – 50 people total / 100 campsites that accommodate up to 4 people each
Activities: swimming, fishing, hiking, boat rentals, bouncy castle, playground, and a youth centre (complete with air hockey & foosball tables) 

Nimpo Lake Resort

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Photo Credit: Donna King

If your family likes to fish, then this is the resort for you! Known for it’s amazing wild trout and beautiful scenery this small and cozy resort is perfect for outdoor families. Enjoy everything the lake has to offer, from kayaking, canoeing, and swimming, or head on land and enjoy hiking and biking. When your day is done settle down in one of their 5 equipped cabins, perfect for families. To learn more about this great little getaway visit their website.

Type of accommodation: 5 Cabins & 5 Camp/RV sites
Pool: No (lake)
Accessible: Limited
Pet Friendly: Yes
Capacity 20-25 in cabins, plus campsites
Activities: fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, hiking, biking, campfires, playground, horse riding and flight seeing available. 

Thompson Okanagan

Pierre’s Point Campground

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Photo Credit: Pierre’s Point Campground

If you’re family loves camping and has their own tents or RV’s (or would rent) Pierre’s Point in the Shuswap may be the perfect place for your family reunion. With 81 sites located right next to the beach, this is the perfect campground for families to swim, kayak, SUP, and play at, all day long! Even your furry family members will love this campground as it includes a beach just for them! Conveniently located 7 km from Salmon Arm, this central destination is a great weekend getaway. To learn more visit their website.

Type of accommodation: Camping (full and partial hookups)
Pool: No (lake)
Accessible: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes (there’s even a special dog only beach!)
Capacity: 81 sites
Activities: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding, mini golf, playground, and a general store.

Shuswap Lake Provincial Park

beach-at-shuswap-lakeThe problem with Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is that the second your trip is over you want to start planning your next one back. This very large provincial campground is the epitome of a “BC Summer Experience” with a long lakeside beach perfect for swimming and boating, kilometers of bike trails and a mountain bike park, a huge field for football and baseball, and lots of campsites for everyone to enjoy. If you’re looking to book a family reunion I’d suggest the group site, where you can all be gathered around one field and enjoy the use of a shelter and pit washrooms just for your group. Sites can be booked up to a year in advance.

Type of accommodation: Camping (tents or RV’s)
Pool: No (Lake)
Accessible: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes (must be on leash, separate dog swimming area)
Capacity: Large Group site (max. 35 people) as well as over 200 individual sites are available.
Activities: swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, playground, soccer field, bike park, biking trails, water skiing, and wind surfing. The town of Salmon Arm is an hour drive away and is home to a waterslide park.

Summerland Waterfront Resort

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Photo Credit: Summerland Waterfront Resort

Is your family more of a “hotel” type family? One that wants to explore the great outdoors all day but snuggle into a down filled bed at night, and not have to unzip a tent for a midnight bathroom break? Well Summerland Resort Hotel may be the perfect fit for you! Located in Summerland (45 minutes south of Kelowna), this lakefront resort hotel has full kitchens, dining and living areas, fireplace, and most importantly, balconies that look out over the stunning lakefront views. Spend your days on the lake or at the pool. Then head over to the group barbecue area to cook up dinner with ingredients sourced from one of the many local markets. This resort offers the best of both worlds and is centrally located, ideal for families who are located across BC or split between BC and Alberta.

Type of accommodation: Luxury Hotel
Pool: Yes, and Hot tubs!
Accessible: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Capacity: Meeting Room capacity of 110 people.
Activities: Swimming, beach combing, nearby boat rentals, spa, barbecue area, golf, wine tours.

Northern BC

Salmon Valley Campground

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Photo Credit: Salmon Valley Campground

Imagine an intimate family campground where you can all share meals and craft s’mores around the campfire. Salmon Valley Campground in Prince George is the picture perfect background for your family reunion… literally! Not only do they have an amazing campsite to welcome you and your group, they also go above and beyond to offer unique services, like a family camping photoshoot! What a great way to capture your reunion memories. Authentic. Fun. Family. To learn more visit their website.

Type of accommodation: Camping (RV hook up sites and tenting)
Pool: No (river)
Accessible: Yes, but it depends on individual needs and your own equipment.
Pet Friendly: Yes.
Capacity: 9 RV hook up sites (water & electrical), plus 35 sites (tenting or self contained RV’s)
Activities: wine tours, historic site, Canadian botanical park, general store (with ice cream!), and horseshoe pit.

Kootenay Rockies

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Photo Credit: Kari Medig

Photo Credit: Kari Medig

Located in the town of Fairmont Hot Springs, this resort has it all in terms of accommodation types: hotel rooms, cottages and cabins at the main resort as well as an RV resort and a campground. The main resort offers Nordic style hot and cold plunge pools, steam room, sauna and outdoor pool. The RV resort and campground have access to natural mineral hot pools, swimming pool and a covered picnic pavilion, the perfect place for a pot luck family style gathering. At their Activity & Experience centre the kids can jump in bouncy castles, play some mini golf and take part in organized crafts, treasure hunts and bingo! Or sign the kids up for day camps where they will take part in cooperative games, archery, wilderness survival training (building shelters & fires), animal tracking and GPS orienteering. This resort would be the perfect place for a family reunion! Visit their website for booking.

Type of accommodation: Resort hotel rooms/suites, Cottages, Cabins, RV and tenting
Pool: Yes (sauna, steam room, mineral hot pools)
Accessible: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Capacity: Multiple resort rooms,  Over 300 RV and tenting sites
Activities: swimming, hiking, fishing, playground, kids day camps, geocaching, horseback riding, river tubing, zip lining, bouncy castles, mini golf, kayak tours & rentals, biking, bingo, movie nights and more.

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park

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Photo Credit: Dave Heath

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, located 21 km Northeast of Nelson, BC, is home to three campsites on the sandy beaches of Kootenay Lake. Surrounded by old growth western cedar and grand fir, this park has endless hiking trails to get you up close and person with these giant trees! Two group campsites that can accommodate 90 people makes this park the perfect spot for a family reunion. These sites feature an enclosed picnic shelter with wood burning stove, picnic tables, pit toilets, water tap, BBQ and fire pit. A playground, sandy swimming areas and large field areas (perfect for a game of soccer or softball) will keep all the kids busy! For reservations, visit their website.

Type of accommodation: Camping (RV’s and tents are allowed in group sites)
Pool:  No (lake)
Accessible: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes (pets must be on leash, only allowed on pet friendly beach area)
Capacity: One group site is max 50 people and the other one is max 40 people. 171 regular sites.
Activities: hiking, swimming, canoeing, cycling, interpretive programs, fishing, waterskiing, windsurfing, and a playground. 

Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Manning Park Resort

front-entrance-to-manning-park-resortManning Park Resort is conveniently located only 2 hours outside of Vancouver. This multi facility resort is perfect for family reunions as it offers hotel accommodations, cabins, large group cabins, and even a huge house that will fit 50 people! During the day the family can explore a stunning, family friendly lake where you can kayak, canoe, swim, or hike around the lake! When you’re back at the resort your family can connect in the hot tub and pool, huge games room with pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, play basketball or baseball or soccer, and more! To learn more or book your reunion, visit here.

Type of accommodation: Cabins, hotel rooms, and large house.
Pool: Yes (sauna, steam room and hot tubs)
Accessible: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Capacity: 450 people
Activities: hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, playground, grocery store, restaurant, pub, games room, basketball, exercise room and ping pong

Aava Whistler Hotel

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Photo Credit: Aava Whistler Hotel

Whistler is one of my favorite places to bring the family (I actually got married there) and Aava Whistler Hotel is my favorite hotels for groups and gatherings. It is centrally located in the village, just steps away from all the action. With group bookings you can get huge adjoining rooms with vaulted ceilings, large living rooms, full kitchens, giving lots of rooms for the whole family to play. Spend the day at the resort, hanging out at the pool or head out into the village or out into the surrounding area to play. Then head down to the pool deck to enjoy the fire bowl or host a cookout on their BBQ patio. Don’t forget to bring your bikes, they offer a 24/7 bike valet team with secure storage and a washing and tuning station (and complimentary bike rentals if you don’t bring your own!). The only problem you’ll have is too many activities to do and not enough time! For more info and to make a reservation, visit their website.

Type of accommodation: Hotel
Pool: Yes (sauna and hot tub)
Accessible: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes
Capacity: Multiple rooms and suites available
Activities: Everything you can imagine! Zip lining, golf, mountain biking, hiking, activity zone, peak to peak tour, lakeside activities (SUP, Kayak, canoeing, swimming) and more!


Now that you have the locations, it’s time to start packing!

camping-checklistMake sure everyone knows what to bring! Here’s the “ultimate camping checklist” that you can send to your family members so they don’t leave anything at home.

 

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Is this a sponsored post? This is NOT a sponsored post. The destinations highlighted did not pay to be included. I simply researched the best destinations through the Province, looking at their website and researching what they had to offer. If I felt they were a good fit for families they made my list! Hope you enjoy this round up!