The Keep-it-Easy-Peasy Vacation—and Don’t Skimp on the Extras!

After this year, it’s safe to say that many of us are long overdue for a vacay. With stop-in-your-tracks natural beauty, delicious dining options and plush accommodations, you won’t have to travel far to experience the relaxation and indulgence of your dream vacation. The Mighty Peace is calling you (and you deserve it).

The keep-it-easy-peasy vacation—and don’t skimp on the extras. Is this you? You’re somewhat reserved at work, but you’re indulgent and carefree on vacation. You’d like to be taken care of, so you’re free to enjoy yourself. You want your fill of fine food, drink, massage, romance and/or shopping. Well, you’re in luck, the Mighty Peace has your upscale vacation covered for less than you would spend elsewhere. Escape and just do what you love, nothing more, nothing less. You’ve earned it.

Choose a Suite Place to Unwind.

Make meaningful moments and enjoy life’s pleasures in a relaxed, safe environment. Play it smart with the security and luxury of an upscale hotel suite in Peace River, such as the ones at Chateau Nova, Best Western Plus, Sawridge Inn or in Grimshaw at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites—many have Presidential Suites and/or room service. Or, perhaps you’d rather unwind in a luxury boutique hotel, like Peace River’s Third Mission Heritage Suites.

Go for Breakfast & Spend Your Morning Country Side

Want something baked fresh in house to get you started? J’s Java Domain in Peace River has bagels, fresh bread and cinnamon buns. They pride themselves on their specialty coffee and homemade soups. Looking for something light? Try their yogurt, granola and berries.

In the mood for pancakes instead? Smitty’s in Peace River stacks them up as high as you want. Their skillets are loaded with hashbrowns, protein and all the fixings.

Now you’re ready for the great outdoors. Take a coffee to go and take a walk along the river on an elevated walking path that runs across most of the east-side of town. Take a selfie with the wooden 12’ Davis statue in Riverfront Park. Look for beautifully painted murals—one beside Riverfront Park, one on 97 Ave, one on the side of Boston Pizza and one beside Su Casa (restaurant), to name a few.

Driving in-and-around the valley is its own marvel. There are a number of marked scenic points overlooking the river valley such as the 12’ Davis Gravesite and Sagitawa Lookout.

Drive down the stunning Shaftesbury Trail toward Grimshaw. Along the way visit Fort Fork, the (Alexander) Mackenzie Cairn and St. Augustine’s Mission.

Spend a Leisurely Afternoon in Grimshaw  

After Shaftesbury Trail, spend some time in the homey, tight-knit community of Grimshaw. Grab a unique gift or keepsake at Riverside Ranch Décor or Raediance Florist & Gift Shop. For further shopping options, check out our guide here!

Utilize the Mile Zero Regional Multiplex’s impressive recreational facilities—use the fitness centre to work off your breakfast or shoot some hoops for fun. The multiplex also hosts an indoor rink if you remembered to bring your skates.

Now grab some lunch, and head back to Peace River and enter the valley from the west side (on HWY 2). Once there, it’s time to relax. You deserve it. Take in a yoga session at the Bodhi Tree or get pampered at Zen Spa. Maybe you just want to change into your swimsuit and spend some time in the hot tub.

Wine and Dine 

Peace River has an eclectic array of fabulous restaurants for all tastes and palates—from steakhouses to brewhouses to authentic Mexican (Su Casa) and Japanese/Chinese (Kita North). If a charcuterie board and wine is how you like to start the evening, try the Board ‘n’ Barrel. If you’re all about steak and cocktails, MR MIKES Steakhouse Casual is delicious and hip. Peace River Brewing is perfect for the beer connoisseur, serving delicious finger foods with fresh, local ingredients.

After Dinner

Now that you’re satiated with a delicious meal, take in a movie at River City Cinema. Or, you can drive up Judah Hill (Hwy 744). It’s a great spot to experience the night sky lit up by millions of stars, the big bright yellow moon and, if you’re lucky, an Aurora Borealis light show (the northern lights).