From Lack of Sleep to Luxury – A Parents Guide to Vacations

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Becoming a parent changes everything, including vacations. Gone are the days of tossing clothes in a suitcase and hitting the road with a devil-may-care attitude. With little ones to care for in this world, planning becomes paramount to ensure your children are safe, comfortable, and have everything they need as they explore new places and experience new things. Balancing the needs of your children with your desire for them to see the world can be challenging, but if you’re Vancouver Island-bound, Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort has the perfect solution.

Every parent who has ever tried to spend a week in a hotel room with their children, two to a bed, making breakfast in a ten year old microwave knows the importance of a fantastic home base. In your luxury suite at Sunrise Ridge, you will have a home-away-from-home-base to ensure maximum comfort and security for your family. Our suites come fully-equipped, and feature a gourmet eat-in kitchen, full bedrooms each with a queen-sized bed, between one and three full bathrooms, in-suite laundry, and a living room with plush furniture, a pullout sofa, and a cozy fireplace to warm up in front of in the evening. It’s the perfect place to settle in with your family before setting out for some island exploration.

Whether you stay for three days or two weeks, the suites at Sunrise Ridge provide optimal comfort. With a full kitchen at your disposal, you can say goodbye to the hassle of finding a family-friendly restaurant that suits your whole family’s palates. Are the little ones sand-caked after a day playing on the beach? Just toss everything in your in-suite laundry and leave the days of rinsing clothes out in hotel bathroom sinks in the distant past. Sunrise also provides the perfect place to rekindle your romance with your partner. Put the little ones to bed in their own bedroom, and open a bottle of bubbly on your private balcony overlooking the ocean.

With nothing to worry about but how to fill the days, it’s time to start planning your island getaway. Parksville offers a plethora of family-friendly activities that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Just a short walk from your suite you’ll find Rathtrevor Provincial Park, which boasts a beautiful sandy beach and sun-warmed ocean water, perfect for building sandcastles next to the surf.

Just around the bend you’ll find Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf, home to two exciting mini golf courses, laser tag bumper cars, and an arcade. If your little ones catch the mini golf fever, head downtown for a second round at Paradise Fun Park. A fairy-tale like park featuring a giant mother goose boot and an explorable pirate ship, you can choose from one of two courses or play them both, and then head over to the bumper boats for some wet and wild fun.

Take a drive out to Coombs to visit the Old Country Market, which features goats on a grass-thatched roof, a mouthwatering ice cream shack, a variety of shops, a courtyard displaying larger than life statues, and more. The Market is a must-see for visitors of all ages.

Head out a little further into Coombs and you’ll find Butterfly World, an ethereal garden setting with thousands of butterflies and other creatures wandering free. With gentle hands, children can reach out and let butterflies land on little fingers – a guaranteed delight.

Make nature the theme of the getaway and head out to Tiger Lily Farm to enjoy their barnyard, petting zoo, and even take a trail ride through the enchanting forest surrounding the farm. For family members too little to ride, they’ll still love farm with its abundance of baby animals.

Regardless of how you want to spend your island family vacation, you’ll find plenty to do that will please the entire family, and when you book your stay with Sunrise Ridge, you’ll have all of the comforts of home and all of the privacy. Leave cramped, dated hotel rooms behind you and you’ll never have to perk up with no-name instant coffee after spending the night with an eight year old’s feet in your face. Reserve your stay today!