Unique Summer Travel Ideas In BC {Giveaway}


Summer is finally here! Are you planning any fun family road trips this year? Arm & Hammer is encouraging families everywhere to “Try Something Fresh” this summer with some unique summer activities that will be sure to make your family summer travels a memorable affair. Check out the fun list of spots to check out in British Columbia below:

  • Rocky Mountain Adventure

At Kootenay National Park, enjoy this famous natural attraction with the whole family! If you’re looking for more fun activities, try the bike trails, hike the ancient fossil bed or relax in the natural Hot Springs!

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

Offering a towering rope bridge, rainforest nature trails and a collection of totem poles it’s a thrill seekers paradise! For additional excitement explore Treetops Adventure, a series of seven interconnected suspended bridges 110 feet above the forest floor.

  • Historical Fort Langley

Check out the exact location where fur trade giant now known as the Hudson’s Bay Co. established its very first trading post. Really get into the spirit and give your kids a chance to partake in Explorers. A program that gives them a chance to participate in blacksmithing, barrel-making and trading!

  • English Bay

Try your hand at windsurfing in English Bay and take in the beautiful natural scenery of one of Vancouver’s favorite attractions, or go kayaking with your kids in the saltwater inlets!

  • Fisherman’s Wharf and whale watching

Enjoy the beauty of wild Orcas in their natural habitat on a whale watching trip from the inner harbor at Fisherman’s Wharf. Or take their guided whale watching tour and a chance to see Race Rocks Ecological Reserve!

What are some great spots to check out in your province?


Arm & Hammer is running a fabulous giveaway for a chance to Try Something Fresh and win an exciting 3-day, 2-night family adventure. Be sure to visit their site HERE to enter. Contest ends on July 25th.

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121 responses to “Unique Summer Travel Ideas In BC {Giveaway}”

  1. Can’t wait to check out some local hot spots this summer.

  2. I think Stanley Park and the seawall along yaletown are pretty awesome spots to check out.

  3. the botanical garden is nice

  4. Clear Lake in Manitoba is a great place to check out 🙂

  5. High Park

  6. the Okanagen

  7. RaysTown Lake

  8. Niagara Falls is a great place to check out in my Province.

  9. Algonquin park is gorgeous!

  10. High Park…

  11. Sandbanks Provincial Park, Wasaga Beach, St. Jacobs, Niagara Falls…..so many to choose from.

  12. All the museums in Ottawa, Wonderland Amusement Park, Elora Gorge, Niagra Falls, Kitchener Farmers Market and Octoberfest, Science North in Sudbury, so many in Ontario!!

  13. I’m from BC and I think 3 places that are also great to check out are Stanley Park, Whistler, and the Britannia Mine Museum.

  14. Besides the obvious (Jasper, Banff, Calgary & Edmonton), Elk Island is a great park where you can see tons of wild bison.

  15. Pinery Provincial Park, St Jacobs Farmers Market. Toronto Zoo and Niagara Falls in Ontario!

  16. Niagara Falls

  17. If you are in the GTA you should get out of the city and head to the Kawarthas! The Peterborough area has trails, awesome downtown with great restaurants, beaches, a zoo (FREE!) with a great splash pad. Definitely a great weekend away!

  18. I live in Alberta and I really love the Drumheller area!

  19. I live in BC you named many of the highlights in the lower mainland, Stanley Park is a gem. If you’re into gold panning, ghost towns and gold trails, you can follow gold rush routes and catch a little history, perhaps visiting a few ghost towns here and there. The Power House at Stave Lake is very informative too 🙂

  20. well in Alberta there is the Rocky Mountains, banff, Jasper and Drumheller

  21. Fort Rod Hill, Butchart Gardens, Mt Finlayson are just a few places

  22. Tidal Bore Rafting 🙂

  23. Canadas Wonderland in Toronto, Ontario

  24. Longest covered bridge!

  25. “Wine Country” is the Okanagan, so if you like wine, there are some great tours!

  26. So many wonderful parks in Ontario, Algonquin and Pinery to name two. African Lions Safari, Toronto Zoo, Canada’s Wonderland, etc…

  27. Assiniboine Park and Zoo, The Forks and the museum of man and nature and all are in Winnipeg

  28. The Vancouver Aquarium and Stanely park are great in Vancouver and then you can travel up the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler

  29. Definately Georgian Bay Country

  30. Parliment buildings in Ottawa, Niagara Falls.

  31. C in Tower, ripleys aquarium, blue jays game are some great places to hang

  32. Drumheller, Calgary Zoo, Banff National Park

  33. CN Tower, Ottawa and many great northern parks

  34. The Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, Rocky Point park 🙂

  35. The Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the greatest places to visit in my city.

  36. Fort Steele, in Southern BC

  37. High falls in Muskoka

  38. On vancouver island so much to see and do.

  39. Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

  40. Niagara Falls!

  41. Hopewell rocks here in NB is beautiful.

  42. Niagara Falls Canada’s Wonderland … great beaches along the Gre

  43. Drumheller, Banff, Calgary (especially right now during the Stampede), Jasper. So many great places in Alberta.

  44. I love Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake. There’s so much to do in these areas.

  45. Lots of nice towns and cities in Ontario…. Lots to see!

  46. There are some beautiful mountains in our area. But the skeena river is a beautiful sight.

  47. The mousntains in Terrace are beautiful. But I also recommend the skeena river!

  48. Barkerville BC is a wonderful historic town close to me 🙂

  49. The old Quebec city, very european style

  50. Everyone loves to go to The Forks here. The lakes are beautiful also!

  51. There is so much to see and do in Toronto! We have everything from CN Tower to Thousand Islands. There’s is something for everyone!

  52. The Whiteshell provincial park in MB

  53. I would have to say Niagara Falls and Toronto, lots to do in those two places

  54. the Aquarium in TO has to be seen

  55. Whistler, BC

  56. Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium

  57. The Bay of Fundy and Hopewell Rocks in NB are beautiful.

  58. Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort and Saskatchewan Western Development Museum.

  59. Banff & lake louise for hot spring dip, hike or gondola ride
    Tryrell museum in Drumheller
    Calgary zoo/ Calgary stampede
    So many fun activities and places to visit in ALBERTA 🙂

  60. I love going to Wasaga Beach, Cobourg, Downtown Bowmanville has great festivals!

  61. Hopewell rocks and Bay of Fundy – has some of the world’s highest tides. 🙂

    • I got to go to Bay of Fundy 4 years ago. I loved it!

  62. anywhere there are mountains there are wonderful hidden gems such as Emerald Lake. thanks

  63. osoyoos BC is the only desert in BC … really cool – rattlesnakes, quails, scorpions, …. and wineries 😉

  64. I’m in BC too so I’ll just add to your list 🙂
    Wells Gray Park has Helmcken Falls which is just spectacular. Harrison Hot Springs has natural hot springs and a great lake for water activities including boating, swimming, wind surfing etc. Kilby has a lot of historic stuff and a petting zoo as well as a great beach

  65. you need to check out Victoria Beach in Coburg Ontario

  66. Niagara Falls

  67. Niagara Falls, Toronto Zoo

  68. some great spots to check out in my province are Algonquin Park, Center Island, Niagara Falls and all the great trails in & around the city.

  69. OMG, he botanical garden… sounds splendid, divine,. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity.

  70. Well I live in Niagara Falls, so you can guess where I would suggest checking out… the Falls of course!

  71. wild play kelowna

  72. Twillingate whale watching,Kona Beach,Terra Nova Park,lots of great places!

  73. I am from BC and a great spot to check out would be Tofino.

  74. Stanley Park, Grouse mountain, Whistler so many exciting places to see in b.c.

  75. We would really love to go up Muskoka, but also the aquarium in Toronto. There is a ton more, but there isn’t enough space!

  76. So many hidden gems in the Okanagan! Just enjoyed Gellatly Nut Farm to go swimming, sit in amongst the nut trees for a picnic and then wander around the nut farm, or if you are little boys-race as fast as you can between the rows! In the fall we go and harvest a bucket of nuts as a fun way to spend and afternoon.

  77. So many beautiful spots in NS. Blomidon Park is great, Rissers beach is our favorite spot

  78. Centreville, cn tower, Ripleys aquarium….endless possibilities if you live near Toronto!

  79. i would definitely have to say Niagara Falls!

  80. Assiniboine Park

  81. gotta check out vancouver island!

  82. Bay of Fundy

  83. Stanley Park and the Seawall in Vancouver BC is amazing to check out any time of year, but summer is extra pretty!

  84. we have nice lakes here and beaches, when they are not flooded, which they are now in manitoba.

  85. the oceans with there sandy beaches .

  86. Banff and Jasper national parks!

  87. I`m close to Winnipeg in Manitoba, there are many wonderful lakes here, Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba are both huge with lots of great camping and beaches. One of my favorite place in Manitoba is Riding Mountain National Park, it`s so beautiful and there`s so much to do there! It`s quite a drive, though, about 4 and a half hours from here, but worth it! Also the Whiteshell provincial park is beautiful, too, but also quite a ways, close to Ontario.

  88. In Ontario, everyone must check out Niagara Falls!

  89. North Bulk Lake is gorgeous!

  90. The Muskoka area is such a wonderful spot to relax.

  91. I would definitely say Niagara Falls or Canada’s Wonderland.

  92. Hmm kinda boring in ottawa I guess hockey

  93. The museums of nature in ottawa is a good spot

  94. Historic Fort Langley so incredibly interesting that would be to visit!

  95. Can’t wait to see some of this!

  96. Ontario is full of great locations, nature, city.. whatever you want to see!

  97. Banff, Lac Louise, Jasper and Drumheller are some of the great spot in ALberta

  98. Whistler, BC, has the most amazing mountains…it is a world away from the city!

  99. Wow, Nova Scotia is full of nice places to see, you just have to drive the old highways instead of the new 100 series. There’s Peggy’s Cove, Queensland Beach, Cabot Trail, Citadel Hill, Louisburg, Crystal Crescent beach (which you can drive on!!) and many many more!


  100. Pancake Bay Provincial Park, local lakes and rivers, Sault Ste. Marie Boardwalk, Historic Locks,and Hub Trail.

  101. Niagara falls region, of course, but we recently did Bonnechere Caves up near Ottawa and it was quite informative and fun! Be sure to check out lovely Bon Echo Provincial Park, too!

  102. We live in a beautiful area in Ontario, small town but lots to visit. The capital and all it’s sights are only a couple hrs away, but close to home we have a few Whitewater rafting resorts, the Bonnechere Caves and gorgeous countryside charm.

  103. niagara falls!

  104. Niagara Falls! 🙂

  105. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

  106. Niagara Falls! 🙂

  107. there are a lot of really neat places in Ontario, the 1000 islands, flower pot island, scenic caves, Niagara Falls, Muskoka Region.

  108. Riding Mountain National Park

  109. Banff National Park

  110. I think Savary Island and Tofino are two amazing places to visit.

  111. Gros Morne National Park is a beautiful place in Newfoundland to check out

  112. Vancouver Island, Granville Island, Vancouver Aquarium, Harbor Tower, Vancouver Zoo, BC Ferries,

  113. I may be biased, but being from Hamilton I’ve got to say the waterfalls here are amazing! Lots of variety (big, small, easy to find, etc) and the hiking trails to get to them are wonderful also.

  114. Stanley Park

  115. Bon Echo Park, Niagara Falls, the Out skirts of Ottawa

  116. Banff and Jasper for sure!

  117. Cranberry Flats, twenty minutes outside of Saskatoon!

  118. I love Algonquin Park… all of it.

  119. Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland

  120. So many beautiful spots in NW Ontario. Sleeping Giant National Park, Terry Fox Lookout on Lake Superior, Amethyst mines,

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