The following are our hand-picked family accommodation favourites for all budgets in Vancouver and Whistler. Luxury family hotels in Vancouver for those looking for a splurge also include the Fairmont Waterfront, with a year-round outdoor heated pool, harbour and mountain views, double double rooms and suites with sofabeds, and even its rooftop bee colony producing honey for the restaurant. For those on a more modest budget, the Best Western Plus Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites has rooms for up to six, some with fridges and microwaves. Or try the HI-Vancouver Downtown Hostel, with four-bed dorms or family rooms for three, plus outdoor space, games room, a kitchen, a laundry, tours and activities, and mountain-bike hire.
When venturing outside Vancouver, a motorhome will save you money on accommodation and eating out while allowing you the flexibility to explore at least part of this vast region. Yoho National Park (see Overview) has a number of (expensive) lodges or campsites dotted about it – book ahead, though, as this park is very popular. We also love the Wya Point Resort on Vancouver Island, with luxurious oceanfront lodges, yurt glamping, and tent and RV camping in spectacular old growth forest.