There are two words parents never want to hear from their kids while they are on vacation and that is: “I’m bored.”
Luckily, you’ve chosen the right spot for a family holiday. Along with ziplining, there are plenty of fun things to do in British Columbia, and particularly in the East Kootenay region. A visit to the Columbia Valley and, in particular, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is a must.
1. Try the latest lines in ziplining
If you’ve ever wanted to keep your kids in line, now’s the chance. As long as they weight 50 pounds or more, they can zip at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s newest attraction, Mineral Mountain Ziplines.
Located in the headwall of the Rocky Mountains, you and your family will fly along six different lines ranging from 135 to 1,542-feet long, and see such stunning views of Columbia Lake and the area’s natural hoodoos.
Ziplining is not only safe (all guests are clipped into safety harnesses, wear provided helmets, and are led on the course by two certified guides), your brood will be buzzing about their adventure on the lines for days afterwards.
2. That time at adventure camp
Besides ziplining, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort offers plenty of activities for kids so that they will be occupied for days on end.
A visit to the resort’s Activity and Adventure Centre is one way to harness all that energy. You can book kayak tours and rentals, rent bicycles, and sign your kids up for golf and adventure as well as day camps. The resort’s Adventure Base Camp, located at the main lodge, offers bouncy castles, mini golf, tennis courts, volleyball, equipment rentals, and more. Activities also include organized crafts, treasure hunts, and bingo nights.
3. Swim and splash all day long
For those who have visited the Columbia Valley, you know there is no shortage of water, and going for a swim or paddle is a great way to cap off a day that includes ziplining.
A must-visit is the swimming pool and hot springs at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, where kids can splash and play all day then soak in naturally warmed mineral waters to calm them before a nap or bedtime. You can also hit local beaches at Lake Windermere and Columbia Lake, or take a lazy float or paddle in a kayak down the Columbia River.
4. A fun way to learn history
For those who have a day to spare and want their kids to experience what life was like during the B.C. Gold Rush of the mid-to-late 1800s, a visit to Fort Steele should be put on your list of things to in BC with kids.
Located just under an hour’s drive south of Fairmont Hot Springs on Highway 93/95, near the cities of Kimberley and Cranbrook, Fort Steele offers living history in the same vein as Calgary’s Heritage Park or Barkerville, BC, with colourful characters that roam the streets, museum and heritage buildings, a live theatre, train rides aboard a steam engine, heritage gardens, livestock displays, and much more.
Want to try ziplining and experience more fun things to do in BC, visit our blog: 5 Things that Make Fairmont Hot Springs the Ultimate Family Vacation.
Mineral Mountain Ziplines gives kids and their families a birds’ eye perspective of the wilderness around them. Plus, it’s a complete rush for that little adventurer inside of all of us. Visit zipmineral.com to book a tour.