Are you planning a road trip through Canada or wondering what to do on your family’s vacation this year? Canada has countless family-friendly attractions, from amusement parks to museums to national parks. No matter what your family enjoys, Canada has it.
To help you plan, we’ve put together a list of the 11 top places for family fun in Canada. Continue reading to learn more about these top destinations for you and your family.
Are you and your family lovers of all things marine? If so, head to Toronto and visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. This massive water exhibit hosts 5.7 million litres of salt and freshwater habitats filled with all species of fish and other marine life. There are over 20,000 specimens throughout the aquarium, so you’ll have lots to see.
Make sure you have plenty of time on your hands, as it takes 2 to 2.5 hours to get through the aquarium, and you still won’t see all the species in just one trip. There are also diving shows and other exhibitions for a change of pace.
Timed tickets range from $12.50 for kids ages 3 to 5 to $44 for adults (14 and older). There are also annual passes ranging from $30 for kids ages 3 to 5 to $100 for adults (14 and older).
Mount Royal Park in Montreal is great for adults and kids of all ages. You can take in the massive 30-metre-tall Mount Royal Cross or the breathtaking view of downtown and the St. Lawrence River from the Kondiaronk Belvedere. You can even rent a rowboat and paddle around Beaver Lake in the summertime. In the wintertime, the lake turns into an ice skating haven. Prefer the arts? Check out the International Sculpture Symposium, where 11 sculptures from international artists are sprinkled throughout the Glades and nestled between the Smith House and Lake Beaver.
Stanley Park covers 400 hectares, making it the third-largest park in North America and Vancouver’s first and largest urban park. This park has so much to offer everyone, including a 5.5-mile running path and numerous hiking, biking, and walking paths. It also boasts multiple beaches, impressive views, restaurants, treehouses, canoeing and kayaking, and even Canada’s largest aquarium.
There truly is something for everyone at Stanley Park. The park is open from 6 am through 10 pm, giving you plenty of time to see and do it all.
No family trip through Ontario, Canada is complete without a visit to Niagara Falls, which straddles the U.S. and Canadian border. Here, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of these legendary waterfalls, the biggest of which is the Horseshoe Falls. You can also get up close and personal with the waterfalls on the Maid of the Mist boat tour.
But Niagara Falls is more than just a series of waterfalls. It’s an entire city that has numerous other family-friendly activities to offer. These include numerous hiking and biking trails, white water rapids, the WildPlay Zipline into the mist of the falls, skydiving, golf, mini golf at Dinosaur Adventure Golf and Clifton Hill, countless parks and gardens, and more.
You may need an entire week’s vacation to take in everything Niagara Falls, Ontario has to offer — it’s one of the best family attractions you’ll find in Canada.
This resort in Quebec is home to two water parks: an outdoor park in the summertime and an indoor four-season waterpark. So, no matter what the temperature is outside, you can come splash around in its pools or zip down its waterslides. The 102,000-square-foot indoor park is home to 14 waterslides, a wave pool, a family pool, an adventure river, a surfing attraction and much more, and is perfect for wintertime fun. The outdoor waterpark has 35 slides, 100 water games, two theme rivers, and a huge wave pool for those hot summer days.
If you’re swinging through Quebec, make sure Valcartier Vacation Village is on your list of stops. The outdoor waterpark tickets run $54.99 per day or $99.99 per season. Bora Parc, the indoor waterpark, runs $44.99 for a day pass or night pass.
This amusement park in Vaughan, Ontario is home to 17 roller coasters, two children’s areas, and even an 8-hectare waterpark. Whether you want to tackle the 230-foot tall Behemoth or you prefer to relax in their water park’s Lazy River, there’s an attraction for you. Plus, this four-season amusement park even holds an annual Halloween Haunt and WinterFest celebration.
Daily theme park tickets start from $54.99 and rise to $79.99 for a two-day pass. If you plan to come often, you can get a season pass for $95.99 to $250, depending on the pass level you choose.
Up for shopping and excitement on your next getaway? Visit the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, the West Edmonton Mall. This massive complex not only has 800 stores where you can shop til you drop, but it’s also home to 20 restaurants, a tropical rainforest, a roller coaster, the Galaxyland theme park, the 17-slide World Waterpark, mini golf, go-kart racing, bowling, and much more.
It’s a one-stop shop for fun, shopping, and dining. The complex is open daily from 10 am to 9 pm, but each attraction has its own hours.
If Toronto is your family travel destination, CN Tower is a must-visit attraction for the whole family. This massive 553-metre-high skyscraper is visible from everywhere in Toronto, making it one of the most famous landmarks in the city.
Close to the top of the CN Tower is the observation deck that offers a panoramic view of Lake Ontario. You can even catch a glimpse of the mist from Niagara Falls on a clear day. But you’ll also want to visit during nighttime too, as the view of a lit-up Toronto is quite the sight.
If you’re the daredevil type, you can attempt the death-defying CN Tower EdgeWalk. For $195, you can walk to the tower's edge and lean over for a once-in-a-lifetime view of the city.
Planning a road trip through Canada? Check out Banff National Park in the mountains of Alberta. This historical park is the flagship of Canada’s national park system and boasts a range of great outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and more. You can also visit the Banff Park Museum. This historic site is the oldest natural history museum in western Canada and offers over 5,000 vintage botanical and zoological specimens.
Nearby, you’ll find world-renowned restaurants, energetic nightlife, spas, and luxury lodges for a posh overnight stay. You can easily lose yourself for a day in this vast, beautiful park.
Located in Quebec City, this historic district is located in the upper part of the town and boasts preserved ramparts, stations, gates, and defensive works. The old city was also the religious and administrative centre, filled with beautiful ancient architecture.
Not only will you get lost in the old town’s beauty, but you can also spend hours perusing its various shops and restaurants.
If you’re heading towards Victoria, British Columbia, the Royal BC Museum is one place you won’t want to miss. This world-class natural and human history museum is filled with vast galleries of totems, masks, and other cultural treasures. Be sure to explore the language forest, too, where you’ll hear greetings in 34 indigenous languages.
This is an affordable attraction as well, as tickets are only $5.00. Quite a bargain for an attraction that’ll take you several hours to get through.
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