Valuing experiences over things on our recent getaway to Parksville, BC


I value them. I cherish them. I learn from them. I crave them. And they make me happier!

I used to think that buying things would make me feel happier, but this wasn’t creating long-lasting happiness and memories. This was creating a vicious cycle of buy to feel good, then feel like crap, then buy something again. It was addictive, caused way too much clutter in my closet, and didn’t truly fulfill me within.

What does fulfill me, however, is exploring new places, enjoying new experiences and going on adventures with my family.

Studies show that experiences elicit more happiness than buying material things and I totally believe this!

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless, they remain separate from you.  In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”

It’s no wonder that after a mini getaway with my family I feel so much more connected with them. The experiences we share with one another become a part of each of us. The memories we’re making together on our experiences whether we fly to Hawaii or take a helijet for an 18 min ride to Vancouver Island are invaluable.

Our latest family experience to Parksville, B.C

Parksville is a definitive British Columbia summer town! The beaches here are postcard crescents of golden, hard-packed sand beaches that are smooth, broad and caressed by gentle Pacific rollers, not pounding surf. While summer by the sea is a major lure here, Parksville is a four-season outdoor destination. Golf, hiking, and mountain biking enthusiasts are well served in a rare, splendidly protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This area is notable for its pristine watersheds, deep lakes, extensive parkland, forested tracts and challenging trails to see-forever viewpoints.

On our most recent family experience to Vancouver Island, we explored Parksville, B.C. But first, our experience began with our very first Helijet ride.

We stayed at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort a year-round Vancouver Island destination, offering spacious vacation rentals, beachfront resort accommodations, and luxurious amenities. Located just 37 km north of Nanaimo, this Vancouver Island Resort is situated in a spectacular natural setting, surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes, and rivers.

The weather was awesome and the kids loved being in the outdoor heated pool at Sunrise Ridge Resort. I stayed in the hot tub because… I’m a chicken like that.

The resort is just steps from the beach, the suite we stayed in was very spacious, with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and a living room with a pullout sofa!

We made breakfast both mornings in the kitchen, with local Vancouver Island groceries, including eggs, cheese and produce.

Our youngest daughter kept saying it felt like a home at the resort. And she was right. It really did. The deck was also massive with a barbecue, and a front and center view of the pool, and gorgeous ocean.

In addition, the resort has a beautiful outdoor fireplace and the resort offer bike and kayak rentals.

We spent a lot of time at the pool because the weather was so great for October (and the pool is heated). On our last day, we rented bikes and rode along Rathtrevor beach Park. It was such a beautiful day and one of the highlights of our trip to Parksville, BC!

All in all, it was a truly memorable mini family getaway. We loved exploring Parksville and I can’t wait to go back.


Other places we explored in Parksville, B.C

We loved strolling through the market! The market has international foods, imported gifts, in-store baked goods, and the infamous Goats on the Roof. They also have a restaurant, a deli and fresh produce all under the same roof. The girls loved the toy section, and I especially loved browsing through the imported foods. In addition, I bought myself a hat, the girls got some mini goat stuffed animals as souvenirs, and I bought some gifts for my parents. 

Cathedral Grove – MacMillan Provincial Park 

Cathedral Grove is a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island in British Columbia (BC), Canada. The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference. They are the survivors of a forest fire that ravaged the area some 350 years ago and the even more devastating invasion by Europeans who colonized Vancouver Island from 1849. Although spiritual in meaning, “Cathedral Grove” is a name embedded in a romantic and Eurocentric attitude toward BC nature that does not adequately acknowledge the stewardship of the indigenous peoples, First Nations, who cared for this biological treasure over 1000s of years and preserved it as a big tree heritage for fall beings. In 2007 Cathedral Grove was shortlisted for a national contest called “Seven Wonders of Canada.


Paradise Fun Park                        

Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park provide two exciting 18 hole courses for you to choose from right in Parksville. Play on either of the two courses, The TURF ‘N SURF or Treasure Island! These are only a few of the adventures awaiting you. Your day doesn’t have to end with golfing either. They have some great package deals on a combination of Mini Golf  & Bumper Boat rides for day-long fun and entertainment!

  • Rathtrevor Beach

Sunrise Ridge Parksville beach resort is located on this beautiful 5 kilometer sandy beach. A short walk from Sunrise Ridge takes you to Rathtrevor Park, with its woodland and oceanfront trails, and picnic grounds. At low tide the ocean recedes, at times, up to a kilometer from the shore.


Have you been to Parksville, BC? If not, I highly recommend a visit to this gem of a town on Vancouver Island!

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