Where Families Play Together...Beach Acres Resort
by Sandy Faust
Contributor to Travelink Publishing
Beach Acres Resort is reminiscent of the great family resorts of days gone by, with families returning summer after summer, to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
Located on Parksville’s Rathtrevor Beach, this resort offers twenty-three acres of family fun. On top of endless stretches of sand, logs for climbing and tide pools for exploring, Beach Acres’s carefree summer camp feeling is available to all kids, and even exhausted grownups.
After checking in, I found myself looking greedily at the tennis courts and tether-ball pole, while my two sons, ages six and one, spotted the bright colours of the playground. With one glimpse of the beach, though, I knew we would be starting off this family getaway experience with buckets and shovels. Before we had even unloaded the car, out came the beach gear followed by the short trek leading to sand. While we rested on a log, our kids puttered happily in the warm tide pools and ran wild and barefoot. Buckets heavy with shells, we finally made our way back to our forest cottage.
Settling in, my husband and I collapsed onto the comfy, country-style furniture, while the boys took stock of our spacious accommodation. Guests also have the option of two bedroom tudor-style beach cottages and ocean view town homes. Each sleeping up to six visitors, they offer full kitchens, gas or wood fireplaces, TVs, and private patios.
My family escaped to toss some horseshoes, try a game of shuffleboard and enjoy a romp on the adventuresome playground while I peacefully prepared dinner for their ravenous appetites.
The well-known Maclure House Restaurant and Inn is another dining option while staying at Beach Acres Resort. Independently owned, this heritage structure, constructed by Samuel Maclure, stands right in the middle of the resort. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers a reasonable children’s menu.
Saturday morning came early, as it always does in our family, and after a leisurely breakfast we still made it to the beach in time to have it all to ourselves. After brushing the sand off, we later headed to the three tennis courts for a roaring match, and while the baby toddled around with a racquet of his own, our older son enjoyed the playground. Thanks to its adjacent location, he was able to play independently, yet still be within range so that we could see and hear his every move. Our grand activity finale for the day was a dip in the indoor pool followed by some relaxation time in the hot tub and sauna. Basketball and volleyball were also available, and for golf enthusiasts, there are seven courses nearby.
After our very tired kids were tucked in, we sat on the patio with a glass of wine and, although nearly every cottage around us was occupied, the evening was miraculously quiet.
Every parent’s perfect family vacation involves happy children, plus a few quiet adult moments. Carefully designed with families in mind, Beach Acres Resort should keep everyone happy, especially during holiday times when their free, drop-in ‘Kid’s Klub’ offers supervised swim time, scavenger hunts, crafts, movie nights, sand castle contests and other activities, led by qualified staff.
Just twenty minutes north of Nanaimo, this great ‘us’cape also entices with golf holidays and special packages for romantic getaways...something to consider the next time we plan a visit to Beach Acres Resort.
If You Go:
Beach Acres Resort
#25 - 1015 East Island Highway
Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2E4
Ph.: (250) 248-3424
Fax: (250) 248-6145
Web site: www.beachacresresort.com
Vancouver and other lower mainland travelers: B.C. Ferries accommodates travelers from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay terminals to Duke Point orDeparture Bay. General Information for sailing schedule is 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779)?
For our State-side Neighbors:Either the Victoria Clipper, The Princess Marguerite, or the Washington State Ferries will meet your needs
Take Island Highway #19- twenty minutes north of Nanaimo
Take exit 19A to Parksville.
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