Long weekend season is upon us, and my favourite thing to do is head out of town! We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and weekends should be enjoyed with a combination of relaxation and outdoor exploration.

Here are my top 5 weekend escapes and what I look for when choosing that perfect long weekend destination:

Outdoor Recreation

Little boy walking on Sunshine Coast Trail, one of our top 5 long weekend escapes

This can include family-friendly hiking, swimming pools or hot springs, sandy beaches for playing on, or seasonal activities such as wakeboarding or mountain biking.

Is the outdoors your favourite part of a weekend getaway? The Glen at Maple Falls is the perfect weekend destination while just a 2 hour drive from the heart of Vancouver.

Eco Exploration

Terracentric Coastal Adventures First Mate, one of our top 5 long weekend escapes

The kids loved being out on the water.

Whether it’s a family eco tour through desolation sound, a guided hike, or a self guided tour through a special ecosystem I like to take the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of an area.

Unique Accommodations

Hotel ZED, one of our top 5 long weekend escapes

Whether you’re looking for a unique hotel, or a glamping experience, travelling gives us the perfect opportunity to think outside the box and try new places to stay.


Marine Supply and Hardware Store Anacortes, WA

My husband is a history buff and if there’s an opportunity to sneak some educational opportunities into our trip for the kids I’ll do that too. Anacortes is an example of a city where you can explore a boutique town that has great historical sites and features wound through the streets.

Check out my full list of long weekend getaways on my recent Live Out There blog:


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