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It’s the country with several of the world’s leading ski resorts, the impressive Canadian Rockies, hundreds of vast lakes, thousands of islands and an indigenous cultural heritage that dates back 10s of 1000s of years.
Immense forests and endless wilderness spaces are the definition of the great outdoors and fantastic modern cities with lovely historic quarters are never far away from the coast or countryside.
Visit with kids and they’ll probably never want to go anywhere else except Canada, ever again.
Direct flights all year round from to Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary from most large U.S. hubs.
Canada has 47 National Parks, six of which have World Heritage designation. Families love to do a road trip through Canada to the provinces and territories to discover the changing landscapes throughout these parks!
Sixteen UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites include Quebec’s enchanting historic quarter and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump just over an hour’s drive south of Calgary.
Whistler Mountain, home to North America’s No. 1 ski resort Whistler Blackcomb, is under 2-hours drive north of Vancouver. Mont Tremblant, Eastern North America’s No. 1 Overall Best Ski Resort, is less than 2-hours drive from Montreal.
Beautiful Vancouver Island, home to the Pacific Rim National Park, is one of Canada’s top whale-spotting areas.
Quebec City Winter Carnival, Toronto Cavalcade of Lights and Vancouver Festival of Lights are annual winter events usually enhanced by plenty of snow.
You may not be that familiar with Alberta, but if you love nature, we’re sure you’ve heard of Banff National Park. Canada’s first national park sits right in the heart of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains but just over an hour’s drive from Calgary. The type of natural splendor that could only be Canadian, this is the ultimate outdoor adventure holiday for kids. Visit in winter to ski the Big-3 (Lake Louise, Banff and Sunshine). Spring and summer are the seasons for hiking, climbing, walking and exploring. Banff is one of the loveliest places to go camping but there’s no shortage of fantastic hotels tucked into the wild and unbelievable grandeur of this magnificent national park.Take Me to Alberta
Big city excitement, mountain adventure, seaside fun and just about everything else from theme parks to world class museums, outstanding skiing and fascinating history, British Columbia is a great all-round family holiday. Start with Vancouver. Almost just a hop across the border from Seattle, Vancouver’s weather doesn’t go to the extremes of northern Canada, even in winter. And in summer, it’s sunny, warm, big on beaches and a great place to do some day-to-day island hopping. Other must visits in British Columbia include Whistler for unparalleled skiing and Victoria to explore the province’s capital.
Find yourself in Ontario, and you’ll most likely head straight to Toronto. Canada’s biggest city is a true icon from its CN Tower dominated skyline to the make-or-break Toronto Film Festival. New and shiny at first glance, Toronto has an old heart and, as haunted tours of the historic districts prove, more than a few tales to tell. It’s a lively city for kids with an endless parade of activities indoors and out, amazing zoos, enormous parks and the powerful attraction of Canada’s Wonderland – the country’s biggest and most thrilling theme park.
Don’t forget, Niagara Falls shares a border with the U.S. and some of the best parts of the Falls are located right in Ontario! Make a day trip to to Niagara from Toronto, only a two-hour drive.
In Canada’s northeast awaits its province of Quebec, an easy drive for visitors from the American northeast. French is the predominant language, and with its historic cities and natural surroundings, families can experience a new culture. Founded almost 400 years ago, Montreal is Quebec’s oldest city and the second largest French speaking city in the world. Quebec City, the province’s beautiful historic capital, offers a European vibe in North America, as well as nearby skiing on the picturesque slopes at Mont Tremblant.
A biodome, insectarium, planetarium and botanical garden all in one brilliantly exciting and pretty big space.
One of the country’s biggest and wildest theme parks with a well justified reputation for the ridiculous size of its rollercoasters.
Almost everyone agrees Vancouver is one of Canada’s prettiest city, make up your own mind the old fashioned way on a sedate city tour.
Hop aboard the cute little False Creek ferry and spend the day in one of the country’s great waterparks – there are plenty of other island activities too.
Canada’s largest zoo is almost all outdoors and has giant pandas among its thousands of wild residents.
In a city full of icons, this 230-foot-high footbridge over the Capilano River is always the one by which others are measured.
Home to over 70,000 sea creatures, porpoises, whales and penguins, this is Canada’s largest aquarium.
Old Montreal is a wonderful district to visit with kids and this enormous outdoor rink is a must-do.
Canada’s first national park and third oldest in the world is a vacation in itself.
For over 6,000 years the Plain’s People drove vast herds of buffalo over these cliffs to their death. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It’s a big country and everyone drives, so renting a car for your vacation is an essential. Park and ride is big in cities and public transport is varied and very high standard. Inter-province domestic flights are the best option for longer journeys.