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Why Sunrise Ridge Resort is Wonderful for a Girls Getaway Weekend

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Sunrise Ridge Resort is Wonderful for a Girls Getaway Weekend

Sunrise Ridge Resort in beautiful city Parskville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is the perfect oceanfront getaway with your girlfriends. Check out our review of this beautiful location and the surrounding area that is a great setting for reconnecting and relaxation.

Unless you’re already on Vancouver Island then the most popular way to get to Parksville is via a BC Ferry from either the Tsawassen ferry terminal (the one I take) to Duke Point terminal in Nanaimo or Horshoe Bay to Departure Bay. It’s a comfortable ride where you can drive your car on or come on as a walk-on passenger.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getaway

Disclaimer: Our accommodations and ferry rides were comped however, this does not affect our review. We always give our 100% honest opinions. 

I’ve done both and either way, there are amenities to make the two-hour trip comfortable from food to entertainment and oh the views, especially on a gorgeous day can’t be beaten. Check out the photo above with my two close friends & I who enjoyed this girls getaway weekend and the photo below leaving Vancouver Island.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayBeautiful view to see while waiting at Duke Point Ferry Terminal on Vancouver Island to go back home to Vancouver. Thank you, BC Ferries, for the smooth sailing. Obviously, it’s windy on deck, more so on some days than others but it’s always worth it to go out on deck to check out the fabulous views both going to and leaving Vancouver Island.

If you’re not familiar with one of my favourite places in the world, the city of Parksville & Qualicum Beach area on Vancouver Island you are missing out. Seriously, this is one of those places whose natural beauty and serenity and combination of amenities with a small-town feel are not to be missed. Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getaway

Oceanfront view at Sunrise Ridge Resort

Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getaway
Enjoy local goodies such as Little Qualicum Cheeseworks cheeses are not to be missed. Local produce, some fabulous wines and Island Farms dairy products such as their ice cream, my favourite!


There are tons of things to do and see around Parksville, Qualicum Beach, nearby Coombs and more. The area has amazing sandy beaches, ocean views that are breathtaking, amazing biking and hiking trails, and all of the perks and charms of a small-town community.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayI always head into Coombs to stop by the Goats on a Roof Old Country Market, there’s shops and eateries and yes goats on the roof. One of my favourite restaurants anywhere Cuckoo’s Trattoria is one of the places to eat in this great little area and above is a peek at some of the yummy food we ate there on this trip. I love their pizzas and I’m not even a huge pizza fan but this no run of the mill pizza!

I’ll be sharing more details in another upcoming article on all the things to do in this area including the ones I just mentioned. Here’s a glimpse though for this girls trip while it’s not the first time I’ve seen the goats on the roof of the market, it’s the first time I got such great photos of them like the one below.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayWith all the fun things to do and see in the area, of course, you want to find the perfect place to stay for a girls getaway and as I’ve hinted Sunrise Ridge Resort fits the bill.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getaway

About Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort

Located just 37 km north of Nanaimo, this Vancouver Island Resort is situated in a spectacular natural setting, surrounded by park-like scenery and just a short stroll to the ocean views.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawaySunrise Ridge ResortSunrise Ridge Resort offers spacious vacation rentals with all the amenities in the 1-3 bedroom suites and a waterfront villa. All are fully-equipped with a gourmet kitchen, balcony or patio with BBQ, washer & dryer, private bedrooms, and large living areas.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayMy two close friends Stacey and Tammie who came with me on this girls getaway. That is the oceanfront views at Sunrise Ridge Resort behind them.For those who don’t need all that space they also have a cozy studio or junior suite which offer a hotel-style stay in Parksville.

My girlfriends and I stayed in a lovely two-bedroom suite which gave us each our own sleeping space with one friend sleeping on the pull out couch in the living room. She said it was quite comfy. Below is a short video giving you a tour of our luxurious two-bedroom suite at Sunrise Ridge Resort.

Sunrise Ridge Resort Property Amenities:

  • Seasonal Outdoor Heated Pool & Hot Tub
  • Fitness Facility
  • Meeting Room
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet
  • Lounge Area
  • Free Local Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping Available

Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawaySunrise Ridge Resort is also a short walk to an award-winning spa that was listed as 1 of 12 sensational B.C. spa destinations the Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort. Every time I go to Parksville which has been about 5 times now over the years I go to the Grott Spa to enjoy either treatment and/or the dip and dine. The dip and dine gives you access to their beautiful mineral pool and the Treetop Tapas which is AHmazing gourmet food. I’ll be share more on our most recent experience at the Treetop dining experience but check out our last one three years ago HEREsunrise ridge resortNot only is the food amazing but it’s a unique experience as everyone eats in spa robes. It might sound weird but you’re thankful in the end for the robes because the “endless” tapas fill you up. No more on that as I’ll share more on it in my next article that is coming soon.

Even though the video shows you our beautiful two-bedroom suite at Sunrise Ridge Resort I just wanted to share some close-up photos and the things I loved most about the suite.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayRelaxing living area where we’d all gather to end our day on a relaxing note with some conversation, maybe a glass of wine or a late-night snack. Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getaway Hello master suite that is spacious, has its own ensuite and this soaker tub!sunrise ridge resortThe spaciousness of the suite itself, no one felt crowded at all. I loved that kitchen even though we had easy prep food it was still a dream to use the kitchen and I loved sitting around the island. sunrise ridge resortI hate sleeping in a new bed so it can be a challenge for me to be comfortable when travelling. Some beds just aren’t comfortable for me but that was not the case at Sunrise Ridge Resort. I slept better than a baby (hello, I don’t know about you but when my daughter was a baby she was a horrible sleeper – whoever came up with the phrase slept like a baby must not have had one like mine!). Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayView from the patio that gives you a great look at the beautiful green grounds and one of the paths leads to the oceanfront for views like the one below.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayOkay, the photo above is not of the suite but it’s the amazing views just a short walking distance away. This is one of the views that the waterfront villa can see from their windows and deck.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayI could not help myself, I had to take a photo of Stacey taking a photo of the beautiful waterfront.Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayThe paths on the grounds of Sunrise Ridge Resort are surrounded by majestic forested areas.

While we were there I noticed several families with young children and I can see why it’s great for everyone, couples, girls getaway, there was even a bachelorette at the oceanfront villa while we were there. Yet not once was there a “noise” problem at any time and the resort never felt or looked crowded as it has spacious grounds, well-built accommodations and more.

Sunrise Ridge Resort Parksville British Columbia girls getawayWhether you’re travelling solo, with friends or family with kids Sunrise Ridge offers the opportunity for a wonderful getaway.

I also like to offer some things that are good to know ahead of time. Like many (if not all) of the resorts in the Parksville area the accommodations do not have central air conditioning. Most don’t need it even in the summer as the ocean provides a nice breeze, however, our suite did have a portable unit which you may have seen in the video.

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There are stunning ocean views, and there is an entry point to go onto the beach, however, there is a sign that says enter at your own risk. That part of the oceanfront is not a big sandy beach area for walking. That said you can walk less than five minutes away to a big sandy beach area over at Tigh-Na-Mara where anyone can go on the beach.

However, you still get to see stunning views, listen to the gentle waves lap against the shore and get close to the clear water like the one in my 15-second video to give you just a glimpse of the serenity to be found at Sunrise Ridge Resort.

If you’re looking for luxurious accommodations with all of the amenities that offers comfort and more for your next getaway you’ll want to consider Sunrise Ridge Resort! Check them out on their website: sunriseridge.ca.






By on July 31st, 2019

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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28 thoughts on “Why Sunrise Ridge Resort is Wonderful for a Girls Getaway Weekend”

  1. This place is gorgeous!! Just looking at the pictures relaxes me already! My girlfriends and I used to go away together, just to catch up on what’s happening in our lives and to let go and have some fun without the husbands and kids! Yeah! We can’t talk to them like we can our friends. I have a few friends that I have known for over 50 years. They have stuck by me through everything and I have with them too. I would love to go to this place with them! Pinned! Thank you for suggesting it!!

  2. This looks like such a relaxing and beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing all the information and lovely pictures. I sure need some time away because it has been so busy and crazy here over the past several months. I need more than a weekend! LOL

  3. This looks like a fabulous place for a girls’ weekend, but it’s too far away from us for a weekend trip (maybe a weeklong instead?!)

  4. Hi Michelle.

    We just returned from our trip to Sunrise Ridge and we weren’t disappointed! It was for my father’s 80th birthday party and we had a blast! The room was gorgeous and the event room (where we hosted 64 people) was perfect! We had a lot of older guests attending the party so one thing people with mobility issues need to be aware of is that there is no elevator at the resort. There is, however, a great pool, hot tub and – as I mentioned – classy and beautiful rooms!

    • Hi Tracy,

      Thanks so much for coming back and sharing, so thrilled you loved it as much too. For the elevator do you mean in the main building where you had the party? The building where our suite was had an elevator but I know for example my two friends who were with me they got to the room before I did and went up the stairs with the luggage because they did not realize there was an elevator…. so there is an elevator where the suites are so I’m curious if you mean where the lobby etc.. is located. I have mobility issues so I do make sure to see if there’s an elevator but I didn’t look at that in the building where the lobby is since it wasn’t something I needed but it would be good to know! Thanks again and happy belated 80th birthday to your dad 🙂

  5. Sounds like I need to add a visit to my Bucket List… I just wish it wasn’t so far away! But the photos sure make it look beautiful, and I have always wanted to visit that area, so just maybe!

  6. Looks like a great place to get away. Gorgeous scenery. I would love to see what this is all about. Even better to get away with great friends.

  7. What a beautiful place to spend time with friends. The views the food every thing would be so relaxing and fun.

  8. Wonderful getaway spot. I feel that I would go there just to see the goats on the roof. It has been awhile since I have been to Vancouver Island but this makes me realize I need to plan a trip there soon.

  9. This post really makes me miss Canada. I grew up in Toronto. I’ve never been to Vancouver, and this place looks amazing and relaxing. That pizza does look so yummy. I would love to visit this area someday.

  10. I’m heading to Sunrise Ridge on Saturday and accidentally happened upon your review. Now I’m even more excited about my trip! Thanks for this great review Michelle!


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