Fall is my favourite time to travel because it’s not so busy, the prices are lower at hotels and the weather is still gorgeous. With my husband having time off and Adelina is now over a year old, I thought this would be the perfect time to take her on our first vacation together and we chose Parksville Qualicum Beach because it holds a special place in our hearts. We first fell in love with the city in 2010 and have returned every other year (our sixth visit this time) and every time we come back we discover something new and exciting. And speaking of new, this time we discovered the Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort located along the famous resort drive and had a fabulous 2 night stay at their spacious and modern west coast style 2-bedroom suite! Just a short ferry ride from Vancouver, Parksville in my opinion is the most family-friendly part of Vancouver Island and delights family with tons of options and activities to eat play and stay. What I also love about Parksville is that you don't need a ton of planning because there is so much to do and see and just a quick Google search and you will find plenty of great hotels, restaurants and activities for kids and adults. So if you are thinking of traveling this fall with your little ones, make sure to make Parksville Qualicum Beach your most desired destination.
Over the Victoria Day Long weekend my whole family was invited by the River Rock Casino Resort for a 2-night staycation. It was our very first family trip since having Adelina and we couldn't have asked for a better experience than at the River Rock Casino Resort. What I love most about our stay was how family friendly everything was but also with plenty of things for adults which made for an unforgettable long weekend. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the River Rock Casino Resort is situated in a picturesque setting with stunning views of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains! The only Four-Diamond Casino Resort in Western Canada it really is the ultimate staycation destination with great restaurants, an award winning Absolute Spa on-site and a 70 foot water slide for kids and not to mention its conveniently located by the skytrain and the airport with FREE parking, I mean how amazing is that?
Finally now able to look back, October was sure a hectic but fulfilling month for me! I got the chance to attend many amazing events and also bring my husband along which made it so much more memorable! One such experience was a short romantic getaway to Rowena’s Inn on the River, an English style manor bed and breakfast located in beautiful Harrison Mills. Now a lot of you that live in Vancouver probably have heard of Harrison Hot Springs but Harrison Mills is quite a different story. A land filled with “pristine wilderness, cascading mountain peaks, tranquil rivers and undiscovered treasures” Harrison Mills is home to the world’s largest winter gathering of bald eagles in November. We were there too early to view this sight but I can imagine how spectacular it will be witness such an account. If you get a chance and just a short drive from Vancouver, I highly recommend you jump on the chance to experience such a display from nature.
So I'm finally able to show you some of my vacation pictures and outfit from my recent trip to Sechelt, which is located in the Sunshine Coast of Vancouver Island. We've driven across this place many times when we took the ferry but never got the chance to come for a vacation until now. We were invited by some lovely friends to spend a weekend with them and their families and it was certainly a memorable and super fun trip. From staying at a cottage for the first time (Tuwanek Resort), to clamming, to eating fresh fish and mussels caught by the boys earlier in the day, to bbqs and hottubbing in our private jacuzzi late at night- all was too perfect until I drank way to much more than I can handle ;) But nonetheless, I will always remember our trip to the beautiful sunshine coast.
The last from my trip to Kelowna and Osoyoos, this look is the one I am most excited to share with you. Incredibly memorable and one of the hardest shoots I have ever done, we were so glad that it turned out well. What happened was, we drove all the way up the mountain on a bumpy, unpaved road only to find out that the pace we wanted to go to was closed down. Apparently, they don't update their website and as I was feeling quite dejected, my resourceful husband was able to find another spot to take some photos. Standing high above this abandon skate park, in the blazing heat and with my heels overlooking the valley - it was truly a sight to be seen and we were so lucky to be able to capture a spontaneous and beautiful moment.
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