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Where to go with a baby in summer?

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Where to go with a baby in summer?

We are heading out to Vancouver to visit family but would like to tack on an extra week or so to go somewhere else (or two somewhere elses). We may have some big kids (early 20s) with us as well as a one year old baby. The baby isn't a huge fan of the car so a couple hours from Vancouver is the maximum. Hubby and I like hiking, spas, beautiful scenery, art galleries and would prefer to stay out of big cities. The baby will like the beach. The boys like sports and activities.

We've been to Tofino a couple of times, the Okanagan and the Rockies, so we are thinking more coast or island. Sunshine coast, gulf islands, Vancouver Island, etc. Any suggestions? I have been looking for days and everything looks so beautiful I don't even know where to start! Thanks!

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1. Re: Where to go with a baby in summer?

Parksville/Qualicum on Vancouver Island fits the bill close to everything and some amazing beaches @ lower tides.

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2. Re: Where to go with a baby in summer?

What Sam said. P'ville is about 3.5-4 hours from Vancouver, with half that time not driving.

Sand Sculpture event: http://www.parksvillebeachfest.ca

Rathtrevor Park, Englishman River Falls, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Coombs Country Market, Cathedral Grove.

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3. Re: Where to go with a baby in summer?

First choice. Parksville. Stay at the Beach Club. Beach volleyball on at the City Park nearby. Day trips abound.

Second choice. Brand new Qualicum Inn opening soon. Looks beautiful. Walk to Qualicum Beach.

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