Travelers looking for a great getaway need look no further than America’s northern neighbor Canada for an exciting family adventure. If you’ve never been to this great country be ready for an adventure not easily matched. From the friendly natives to the breathtaking sites many of Canada’s top destinations feature kid-friendly attractions that are fun for everyone.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Iconic Niagara Falls stretches across the American-Canadian border, and visitors will find exciting attractions in and around Niagara Falls, Ontario. Outdoorsy kids will enjoy the botanical gardens and Bird Kingdom while the entire family can enjoy good food and live entertainment at the Oh Canada, Eh? dinner show. The Niagra SkyWheel and Dinosaur Adventure Golf are ideal after a day at the falls, and a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge equates to an in-house water park.
Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City boasts a number of unique attractions, and the city itself has a storybook atmosphere accentuated by lively street performers. Families can visit one of the many museums including ones dedicated to naval submarines, doll-making and even chocolate. Early spring travelers can visit the sugar shacks and make their own maple syrup; during winter, check out the Terrasse-Dufferin ice slides where visitors can speed down a toboggan run.
The capital of Canada offers a diverse array of entertainment for families and vibrant history of this great country. In late spring, the city hosts the International Children’s Festival, a week-long event featuring the best in live children’s entertainment. An ice skating session on the Rideau Canal is ideal in the winter, while the interactive, hands-on exhibits at Canada Science and Technology Museum are open year round. With this museum and many others you will be sure to find something that will be fun for everyone in this great city.
Off-the-radar Edmonton’s biggest attraction is the West Edmonton Mall, a shopping center that houses an ice rink, water park, mini golf course and amusement park. The living history village at Fort Edmonton Park offers a history lesson alongside a 1920s Midway featuring a carousel, ferris wheel and carnival games. TELUS World of Science, the largest planetarium in Canada, is also located here.
Victoria and Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Home to the Victoria Butterfly Garden and the enchanting Craigdarroch Castle, visitors can explore these family-friendly attractions in Victoria before hopping a ride on the Alberni Pacific Railway. The functioning steam locomotive takes families back in time as it travels through Port Alberni and surrounding forests. Nearby Vancouver Island is a top whale-watching destination, and whale-watching trips allow families to get up close and personal with orcas.
Canada’s diverse selection of cities offer great family adventures that can suit nearly anyone’s interests. From exploring castles and historic cities to discovering native wildlife, these five family-friendly cities exemplify the best Canada has to offer and memories for all.