Let’s Welcome Old Man Winter
Old Man Winter is on his way! Chilly temperatures and longer nights…yes, the advent of winter is here. While some embrace the cozy feels of being indoors, toes warming by the fireplace and a glass of wine in hand, we know it’s unbearable for some as they scroll through ‘summer throwback’ images waiting for the sun to return.
We have solutions to your woes!
Embrace the Season at Bighorn Meadows Resort!
Bighorn is located in the heart of the Kootenays, which is pure winter magic. The mountains are decorated with the softest and lightest powdered snow, the trees often crystallized like images out of a storybook. Frozen lakes invite residents and guests to grab their ice skates and experience Canadiana at its finest. True to the stereotype, you’ll see everyone in toques, mittens, and their favourite parkas and plaid jackets. The Kootenays celebrates winter.
Specific to the area, Bighorn is located in Radium Hot Springs, known for après-winter adventure hot springs soaks, its central location, and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountain range. Wrapped in your favourite fuzzies on your private patio, a cup of coffee or tea never tasted so good. When you step out of your front door, you can start cross-country skiing right away with the resort situated on Springs Golf Course. Within a 30 to 60-minute drive, choose from seven renowned resorts to snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe. Bighorn’s amenities include a heated outdoor pool, two hot tubs, and fitness room.
Or, you can head to Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser Valley for a Harrison Beach Hotel retreat.
While not as cold as the Kootenays, Harrison’s picture-perfect landscape is still known for its frosty setting. Whether it’s summer or winter, Harrison Lake is beautiful and brings peaceful lakeshore walks. Located only 90 minutes from Vancouver, it’s an easy drive that has guests feeling like they are farther away. Whether you’re looking to soak in the mineral-rich hot springs, venture into town, or, simply, taking a step back to be one with nature, you can find it all in Harrison. New this year is Harrison’s Lights on the Lake Light Festival from November 24th to January 28th. Unlike other festivals, Lights on the Lake is a Sasquatch-themed light display, sharing Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors. Watch for Sasquatch hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, and windsurfing. Illuminated streets, painted storefront windows, and Christmas trees lining the plaza will have everyone loving the Christmas feels. Harrison Beach’s cozy suites and spacious lake-view patios is the perfect complement.
If Milder Temperatures Continue to Call You, Head to Vancouver Island.
Rumour has it that Vancouver Island is challenged with a lack of winter sunshine. While the west coast gets its fair share of overcast weather, long stretches of blue skies are common. Another myth is that there is nothing to do. Definitely not true. Quaint shops and cafés are found in most communities and a drive up to Mount Washington brings you to a sunny, winter wonderland–perfect for sledding, skiing or snowboarding. Some of the best surfing is in the winter, given the stronger swells and wind-borne waves. Now add that many golf courses are open year-round.
Located only two hours apart, a few days at each resort makes for a relaxing escape. Sooke is known for its lush rainforest, whale-watching, fishing, and multitude of beaches. It’s a calendar image of BC’s rugged west coast. And, Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina has all the amenities of home, with touches of luxury. Choose from a 2-bedroom unit to a penthouse suite, complete with full kitchens, laundry, fireplaces, and outdoor hot tubs. You can even bring your pooch!
Also, located in Sooke is SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort. This oceanside Resort offers premium luxury suites with an unrivaled oceanic vacation experience, an ideal home base for any traveler. Each beautifully fully furnished studio, 1, 2, or 2+den bedroom suite offers breathtaking and undisturbed ocean views.
In Parksville, Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort is all about the ocean. A short jaunt from Vancouver to Nanaimo and then Parksville, your family will have the best time. A must-see is making your way to Coombs Village. Shop for local meats, cheeses, bakery items, artwork, home & garden décor, and other artisan goods. From the resort grounds, or right from your private patio, enjoy being surrounded by the quietness of nature and watch abundant wildlife–seals, sea lions, and over 250 different species of birds including loons and bald eagles. This is island living at its best.