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We just came back from a wonderful short getaway on Vancouver Island! It felt amazing to feel the sea breeze, dip our toes in the ocean and explore the island.
As part of our paid partnership with Choice Hotels® Canada, we received enough Choice Privileges® points to book our hotel stay for this trip. For us, using our Choice Privileges® points was a fun and easy way to go on a new adventure within Canada.
It just goes to show, you really don’t have to travel across the globe to have new experiences as a family. We had a blast on our road trip to Vancouver Island, and just as much fun during our earlier Kelowna family staycation.
On Vancouver Island, we explored tidal pools, visited local waterfalls, checked out a wild animal rehabilitation centre, stared in amazement at old growth forests, ate delicious local food, saw some goats on a roof and let our cares melt away.
We even had a blast at a local mini golf course, and then got soaked on bumper boats, all a stone’s throw from our hotel.
We stayed at the lovely Bayside Oceanfront Resort in Parksville, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. It’s part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, which is part of the Choice Hotels family.
Just look at that view from our oceanfront room!
There was great swimming mere feet from our room (when high tide was in) and so much to explore and fun to be had when the tide went out.
I just love a cozy, clean hotel room. I couldn’t wait to sink into the bed!
There was even a wonderful welcome gift waiting for us: A gift certificate for the hotel restaurant, complete with an oceanfront patio.
Our experience booking with the Choice Hotels® mobile app
Everything was so easy with the Choice Hotels® mobile app! It was so fast to book our stay, manage our reservation, and even keep track of our Choice Privileges® rewards!
I booked our stay on the app in about one minute flat (no exaggeration), using our points. I love how easy that was!
Even better, Choice Privileges® members can get exclusive member rates, making for amazing savings!
The Choice Privileges® program
As Choice Privileges® Canada ambassadors, we’re excited to share how the program works.
We’ve been Choice Privileges® members for over a decade and have collected points for years, long before our ambassadorship started.
What is the Choice Privileges® program?
Choice Hotels®, which most Canadians know best for its Comfort Inn and Quality Inn brands, has its own loyalty program: Choice Privileges®.
Whenever you book a night or use one of the Choice Hotels® services at any of their thousands of hotels worldwide, you can earn points which you can then use for free hotel stays, services the hotel offers or even gift cards to local attractions.
It’s free and easy to join online, and Choice Privileges® member benefits begin the instant you join. Members can even get reduced prices for their stays so it’s worth signing up even for single night trips!
We've been traveling around the world since 2003, first as a couple and now as a family of four. We love sharing our adventures and the lessons we've picked up on the road. Contact us or check our About page for more info.