Family Travel

Winter Escape To Emerald Lake

Escaping for a few days has been on our mind for awhile lately. We’ve been doing our best at self isolating and restricting our visits out. But I’ve gotta say our mental health needed some clarity. We packed up the kids and Macy and drove to Emerald Lake Lodge. It has become one of our most loved places because it is also very isolated. There is little to no service, so our phones are off and our minds are also disconnected. It honestly feels so good.

This time we had met our friends and their kids there to spend three nights together hanging out and exploring. Let’s just say for as secluded it is here, there are a lot of fun things around that are great for social distancing. I’m here to share with you seven really great fun family things to do while staying at Emerald Lake Lodge! We will be sure to be back again. It’s honestly addicting to visit and disconnect!

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Sneaking Away To Osoyoos Watermark Beach Resort Family Fun!

Osoyoos

Checking off another bucket list place for us to visit this past weekend, Osoyoos! We’ve always heard so much about this place and finally got the chance to visit with Watermark Beach Resort. It was a quick three hour drive from our home and it always amazes me the different kinds of terrain we come across travelling around British Columbia. We entered into a very desert like community filled with wineries and Okanagan Lake. There is just so much surrounding this cute little town!

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The Perfect Fall Getaway Emerald Lake Lodge

Well we snuck away for about 5 days on our very first longgg road trip with the kids. A total of 6 hours to our first stop visiting Emerald Lake Lodge. We all made it there in one piece thankfully! This was also our first family trip since self isolation and the announcement of COVID. We’ve been very cautious with travelling and felt like things had all been put into place to make things safer now.

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Thankful for This Thanksgiving Visit With Family at The Cove Lakeside Resort

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

We hope you all spent it well and enjoyed all the food and family time. Drew, myself and the kids did something a little different this year and went away on a little family trip to The Cove Lakeside Resort in Kelowna. We had the perfect opportunity to visit some of our family from Nova Scotia there while they were passing through. So we tossed in our traditional turkey dinner and headed for some family time & sushi!

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Oh Victoria, We loved you | Our Quick Trip & Places We Visited While There

Oh Victoria, you’re beautiful! And wish that our trip had been longer. But we certainly did manage to fit a lot in our 24 hour stay. The four of us had been planning this trip for sometime now and finally the stars aligned and we made it happen. Next time making it happen a lot longer.

We squeezed this quick trip into two days because while there we got to meet some new puppies, one which will be coming home with us very soon. So it was our visiting weekend. Lucky for us we got to make it a fun family vacation to Victoria. We absolutely love Vancouver Island and take any chance to go visit. Victoria had been one location that we haven’t been to and thankful we got to absorb it all in.

I mean really, we are quite happy if the only things we do there are explore the trails and beaches. But you know us, we like to keep busy and to us experiences are way more rewarding for our family than stuff and things.

These memories our children will grow up knowing for a lifetime to come! Now, let’s get to the good stuff….

Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours

For years Drew and I have been desperately wanting to explore the Pacific and go Whale Watching. But every time it seemed like one of our littles were way to little to go aboard. Until now. We found a really awesome, well recommended whale watching tour in Victoria that accommodates all ages. Eagle Wing Tours is the best!

It was perfect. This boat was covered just in case it rained or became too cold. The kids could easily go inside or outside to enjoy the sun and ocean breeze. From afar we got to see a family of 6 killer whales, 2 humpback whales and lots of seals swimming in their natural habitat. Videos over on Instagram

The Rootcellar & The Coffee Project

Randomly, we stumbled into this awesome grocer and coffee place. The Rootcellar and The Coffee Project. Tons of great produce, lunches and just about everything to make a really delicious meal. We ended up going twice! It was great. Grabbing coffee’s on the way out. Our family does love picking up our own stuff before dining out. Totally recommend this place!

Hotel Zed | Victoria

Gahhh, this place has been on our travel bucket list for awhile now Hotel Zed and so happy we got to spend the night here. It is absolutely the coolest retro-vibe hotel ever. The first thing that everyone loved when pulling up was all the bright colours. It was a show stopper. The pool, the waterslide and the hot tub.

Ping pong table and board games. Long boards and laundry room. Free parking & free coffee! I could go onnnn. Everyone is so chill and relaxed. So easy going. We loved the vibes and our stay here. We all slept like babies and some more than others!

Honestly, its in such a perfect location too. Right across from Mayfair Mall, not that far down from downtown Victoria. If you’re looking for a fun eccentric place to stay go here!

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Fishermans’ Wharf

The coolest spot! If you do go to Eagle Wing Tours you will have to go here. It’s such a cool little hidden spot we never knew about. Loaded with tons of parking. The water taxi is located here. So many awesome seaside restaurants to eat at. Ice cream. So much!

Everything is located right on the wharf along with some really pretty colourful houseboats and sail boats. We loved the energy in this cute little spot!

Victoria Scenic Drive

This is basically it, the most beautiful scenic drive ever. It really reminds us of Nova Scotia, back home if you just drive along the coast you end up finding the most beautiful beaches and spots to tour. Thats what we did. Went beach hopping along this scenic drive. Stopping to throw rocks and explore a trail. You just follow the signs…

Parkridge Doodles

Our final stop before heading home, Parkridge Doodles. We have been connected with this sweet golden doodle breeder for sometime now and have completely fell in love with this place. The puppies, the owners, the love and quality. So good! So we decided to add a new family member…more on that coming soon…

We had the opportunity to visit and connect up close with the puppies and while there, of course take photos of puppies… so we did!

We did it all. Packed everything we could into this tiny little visit. And it was all worth it! We already have a million other places we want to visit when we go back….

{ Hotel Zed & Eagle Wing Tours were both gifted experience’s to enjoy}

Day Trip Visiting Manning Park

Well, today was a fun one! Yesterday we got home from camping and today we went right back to exploring. The four of us jumped into the Acura and headed to the road. To Manning Park! We have been before a few times but always in the Winter and usually heading up to snowboard and go sledding. So it was super cool seeing it all in the Summertime.

Lightning Lake

First stop was Lighting Lake. So gorgeous! It was sunny and perfect out. It’s the cutest little spot for a day trip and picnic. The kids loved just walking around and next time we go I really want to rent a kayak with them!

Alpine Meadow

After touring around the lake we headed to Alpine for a little tour. This road took us up to the highest point of the mountain and overlook the whole area. It was breathtaking and completely worth the drive. It was a little scary watching Ella try to be a risk taker. But she reminded us she was just sitting!

This place is so nice no matter what season! Best part limited service to be totally disconnected!

Keisha lynne, xx

SummerLand WaterFront Resort & Spa, Heck Yes!

A couple weekends ago we set our sights on Summerland Waterfront & Resort. We packed into the Honda Clarity and off we went! A scenic and easy ride it was. Kids got along in the back, it was awesome. This was our first time visiting Summerland and won’t be our last. We’ve come to grow quite fond of Okanagan Lake and the whole area throughout this beautiful place.

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Eco-Friendly Family Trip To Harrison Hot Springs

The idea of a family road trip being eco-friendly is seriously music to any of our ears. When you add up all the costs and pit stops it can be a lot to wrap your head around. And let’s face it a family road trip is sometimes not the most relaxing thing in the world so why not cut off some of the stress! Right?

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Summer Sun & Protecting Your Eyes with IRIS Stylish Sunwear

{Disclosure this post was sponsored post as part of an collaboration program, however all opinions are my own}

Summer season is upon us. Can you feel it? The hot days that lead into warm evenings. The sun seems to be lasting longer for us throughout the day and with that we’ve been reminding ourselves to protect our eyes. I mean it definitely doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be something really, really fun when you include Sunglasses and IRIS. When it’s nice out we generally feel the want to spend our whole day outside soaking in all the suns beauty. It’s super important to not only stylize our eyes but to also take care of our eye health. 

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Things To Do. Places To See | Kelowna

Hello Summer vacations and setting free. Freedom that loving word that is attached to Summer for our little ones. That carefree no stress Summer that they long await for. Ohhhh to be a kid again… We want our little ones to remain little for as long as they can. To enjoy that kid freeing feel that we adults all miss so much.

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