With kilometres of mountainous terrain, and excellent dining, arts and cultural options to experience, Vancouver’s environs beg to be explored. Here, a few getaway ideas made for the mature adult.
Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs draws visitors year-round to its quaint community alongside the sandy beaches of Harrison Lake. While many come to the area for a soothing soak in the natural hot springs, there are lots of other activities to do including watersports, boat tours, wildlife viewing, hiking, golfing, spas, agri-tours, fishing and festivals taking place year round. Overlooking Harrison Lake, Harrison Hot Springs Resort is the town’s most luxurious accommodation option and offers a package for adults over 60, which includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast in the Lakeside Café each morning, a Chef’s Three Course Dinner in The Copper Room and a souvenir gift to take home. Add on a soak in the hotel’s hot spring pools (and a spa treatment) and you’ve got a blissful weekend getaway. Starting from $408 at Harrisonresort.com
Just a ferry ride and a short drive from the Pacific Northwest’s oldest city, highly walkable Victoria makes a relaxing, but culturally rich, weekend getaway. Luxury boutique hotels such as the 64-room Magnolia Hotel & Spa offer a quaint and charming place to rest your head after a day of sightseeing. Start with breakfast at the offbeat vegetarian restaurant Rebar then spend the morning exploring the natural history exhibits and films at the Royal BC Museum. After high tea at the Empress (a must!), pick up some local crafts at Victoria Market Square, then head for a stroll and take in some fresh sea air along the Inner Harbour before dinner at the French fine dining Saveur restaurant. On your way out of the city, make a stop to take in the lush tropical flora at the botanical Butchart Gardens. Tourismvictoria.com
Set alongside the glittering green Lac Beauvert in Jasper National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is rustic luxury at its finest. The 700-acre year-round mountain resort offers fall and spring getaway packages targeting mature adults, which include activities geared to this age group (think gentle fitness programs, craft making classes, lectures, card games and bingo). A three-night package makes you the resident of one of the charming cedar chalets dotting the winding forest paths of the property and includes food, some transportation and activities. Bonus: Golf lovers will appreciate the award-winning course. Fairmont.com/jasper