Mar 4

6 Fun Staycations For Spring Break (And Beyond) in the Fraser Valley

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As the ground thaws across the Fraser Valley and the colours return to our mountains and city streets, families are ready to bust out of winter hibernation for Spring getaways full of exciting outdoor activities. Each community offers unique opportunities to experience the magic of the Valley at this time of year and awaken your sense of adventure with all the epic Spring Break activities on offer, and well on into summer too. Here are just a few ideas on ways to spend a few family fun days in the Fraser Valley.

1. Chilliwack

Tee up your morning on the golf course at Toptracer Lounge at the pristine Cultus Lake Golf Club. At the totally unique and indulgent driving range and restaurant all in one, golfers of all ages and skill levels can learn the game or hone their skills through nine fun and engaging game modes. When you’re not up, sit back and relax on comfy couches and order off their full menu and have it brought promptly to your table. No matter how you played, reward yourself with dessert at nearby Kent’s Ice Cream Co with some of their decadent homemade ice cream sandwiches! 

Spend the afternoon with some adorable farm animals and learn about the history of Valley agriculture at Greendale Acres Farm, whose season kicks off with a farm-wide Easter Egg Hunt March 29 – 31. Greendale’s Sweet Spring Flower Festival is a perennial favourite chock full of spring flower gardens, visits with baby animals, creative photo displays, playful farm activities, and hours of rural family fun. Enjoy even more of Chilliwack with a stay at Vedder River Inn, centrally located near fabulous dining and shops to hunt for one-of-a-kind local souvenirs of the ultimate family trip.

2. Abbotsford

Get ready to kick your day into high gear at Project Climbing’s rock climbing gym—where the fun climbs up, up, and away! Rainy day blues? Not a problem at this indoor adventure playground! Whether you’re a veteran “rock-star” or a total newbie just figuring out the ropes, this place is a blast. Scale tall vibrant walls, swing like a superhero, and take your morning to new heights! After conquering “mountains,” head over to EcoFarm for an exclusive peek behind the scenes of a cutting-edge dairy farm. Watch technology in action as it enhances animal care and minimizes the environmental footprint—it’s a double whammy of fun and learning!

Plan your trip to sync up with a thrilling Abbotsford Canucks home game and witness the future stars of the National Hockey League today! The Abbotsford Centre hosts awesome theme nights like Top Dogs Night and Community Heroes Night, ensuring wholesome fun for the entire family. Cap off your adventure with a cozy stay at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre, conveniently close to various family-friendly activities in Abbotsford.

3. Langley

Giddy up and rally your gang at Glen Valley Stables for an adventure-packed horseback ride through the breathtaking trails of Campbell Valley Park! They’ll hook you up with the perfect horse, no matter if you’re a rookie or a seasoned rider. And the fun doesn’t stop there—dive deeper into the wild side with a visit to the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Get up close and personal with over 50 species from across the globe. You can even take a stroll with dinosaurs on the Mesozoic Adventure! 

After the sun sets, whisk the kiddos away for a nostalgic night out at the Twilight Drive-In Theater. It’s in its grand finale season, and it’s the absolute last gem of its kind in Metro Vancouver! Catch all the latest Hollywood blockbusters out under the stars. To top it all off, wrap up your day with a cozy stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Langley. They’ve got a heated indoor pool and a whirlpool right on-site for the perfect ending to your adventure-packed day!

4. Harrison

Take in the dazzling beauty of the Harrison River Valley’s crown jewels – the magnificent Harrison River and the sparkling Harrison Lake! Go for the royal treatment with a thrilling adventure on a Shoreline Tours Boat Cruise, where you can glide through the waves on a fantastic 62-foot family-owned charter boat, complete with wide, safe decks perfect for little explorers. Follow your appetite back on land to Black Forest Steak and Schnitzelhouse to indulge in mouthwatering, authentic German delights while basking in the view of the lake from their iconic spot on the shore!

Fueled up and ready to go, embark on an enchanted adventure through local hiking trails. Wander through fragrant cedar forests, traverse charming walking bridges, and stroll along sandy beaches that boast some of the most breathtaking views in the Valley. Elevate your stay at the Fraser River Lodge to unforgettable heights, where your window becomes a front-row seat to the captivating sight of wild bison roaming freely in their natural habitat, all set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the majestic Mount Cheam. It’s a stay that promises not just comfort, but a front-row ticket to nature’s spectacular show!

5. Mission

Does your family love movies? Travel through the screen to Hollywood North on the Mission Movie Moment tour to relive the magic of your family’s beloved movies and TV shows by exploring their actual shooting locations. Dive into the world of Twilight, Riverdale, Percy Jackson, and more as you recreate your favourite scenes. Grab a guide brochure at the Mission Visitor Centre and create your own epic stories! 

For a little more local “real-life” history, take a walk through the Powerhouse at Stave Falls. This engineering marvel, constructed a century ago, was the powerhouse that kept these parts buzzing with energy. Now a National Historic Site of Canada, it’s not your typical museum—it’s a dynamic science center that packs a punch with informative displays, electrifying demonstrations, and hands-on exhibits that bring history to life.

Then, rev up your evening with the thrilling “Thunder by the River” at Mission Raceway Park, the undisputed motorsports hub of the Fraser Valley for a whopping 60 years! Brace yourself for heart-pounding action as Mission Raceway hosts various race series, ensuring an adrenaline-fueled experience that never disappoints.

Cap off your incredible day at the Best Western Plus Mission City Lodge, nestled in the heart of the city and just steps away from fantastic family restaurants where you can unwind and look back on a day you won’t soon forget.

6. Hope, Cascades & Canyons

You can spend a whole Spring Break playing in the snow at Manning Park Resort, its own natural mountain amusement park! Set off on 64 kilometers of perfectly groomed cross-country ski trails, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Cascade Mountains. With day passes, you can roam freely and let the snow be your playground. And don’t worry if you don’t have your gear—rentals for all ages are available at any time. For those who want to venture where skis can’t quite reach, Manning Park has a whopping 300-kilometer network of snowshoe trails. Discover the park’s hidden nooks and crannies as you trek through the snowy wilderness. Need a guide? Manning’s got you covered with awesome guided tours that might even throw in some mouthwatering culinary delights along the way.

The kids will love the Polar Coaster Tube Park (and grown-ups too!) with its groomed runs split between beginner slopes and more advanced thrills. You’ll be having so much fun up the mountain, you won’t want to leave. So don’t! Camping at Manning offers the chance to immerse yourself fully in the natural beauty of an unforgettable stay. Skyview RV Campground is your go-to spot, boasting over 60 spacious sites. Fully loaded with power and water, it’s the perfect home base. And their bright, modern washroom is open year-round, adding a touch of luxury to your rugged escapade. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, snag one of the more rustic sites available through BC Parks.

Get the most out of your next family road trip, Spring Break, or any time you’re looking to escape the ordinary, and start planning your Fraser Valley vacation today!