Ontario offers much in the way of family fun. Canada’s largest city, Toronto is a bustling, sophisticated city. It’s fun and fashionable with abundant markets, boutique shops and restaurants and lies a short distance away from one of the world’s great natural wonders, Niagara Falls.
French speaking Quebec offers plenty of outdoor action, sports and recreation and great city breaks. Montréal, Québec City and Gatineau are all nicely situated alongside great waterways, each are quite unique in their own right. Québec offers an exciting cultural scene, top-notch hotels and gourmet offerings that reflect the very best culinary traditions. Montreal is another great option with its Colonial mansions and gothic churches.
In Alberta, you can view prairie vistas, rolling foothills, majestic mountains, and countless lakes which offer loads of possibilities for outdoor activities. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the prehistoric world in Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Alberta’s largest city, Calgary offers western hospitality in cosmopolitan style. The region also has some of the best skiing on the planet is less than 2 hours from an international airport.
Nova Scotia is an incredible destination with its mix of dramatic seas, scenic lands, Celtic music and friendly, welcoming people. The province’s capital is the seaport of Halifax and other towns worth visiting include Lunenburg where you can see the home of the world-famous Bluenose II. At the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, kids can get up close and personal with slimy sea creatures at the unique touch tank. You can also go whale watching off of Cape Breton Island and discover dinosaurs at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. Another great option is the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park where you can explore nature in this 40-hectare park with its fantastic interactive displays.
British Columbia offers amazing diversity and a temperate climate with mountainous scenery, historical sights and endless beaches to comb. It also offers a host of cosmopolitan cities to explore such as Vancouver. Vancouver has some great attractions for little ones including the Maritime and the Science museums as well as the fantastic Grouse Mountain Skyride or the cliff walk and crossing the Capilano River over the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The CN Tower and the Roger’s Center in Vancouver are great attractions in this city which lies on the shores of Lake Ontario. Despite its damp, misty weather, this city is very laidback and absolutely packed with attractions that will keep the whole family entertained.
If skiing and boarding are more your speed, the beautiful resorts of Whistler, Banff and Fernie can offer a family snow holiday at affordable prices.
Canada’s capital is Ottawa, a pleasant but not very exciting town on the southern bank of the Ottawa River on Canada’s eastern tip. While it’s not necessarily on every tourist’s must-see list, it does have its fair share of impressive buildings and museums, and is a good base for sightseeing, fishing and rafting trips on the scenic Ottawa River.
See our regional information sections for more details on where to go and what to do in Canada.