Where to go on a family vacation in Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you'll immediately notice that the you get more with a Canadian dollar than you do with an American dollar. Kids meals are about half the price of the US and family tickets for visitor attractions, theme parks and museums can stretch your holiday budget effortlessly.

With Canada's very low crime rate, safe streets (day and night) walking home to your hotel with your family after an evening out can be done without fear or worry you might walk down "the wrong street".

Ski resorts have activities available to all the family and most are open all year regardless of weather - there is more to do than snowsports!

Theme parks can be found dotted all over the country.

Museums, art galleries, theatres, science centres, outdoor activities and parks are in an abundance in Canada.

Many hotels have special rates for children where they stay for cheap or sometimes free. Restaurants also have similar offers.

Recommended family vacation destinations in Canada
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Trail Canada recommends the following destinations for family vacations in Canada:

Kelowna and Big White, British Columbia

Winter activities at Big White include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleighrides, a kids park and a day spa. Nearby on the shores of Lake Okanagan, Kelowna is in the heart of the Okanagan Valley (Canada's west-coast vineyard epicentre).

Sun Peaks, British Columbia

The three famous mountains at Sun Peaks are popular amongst visitors all year round. All the usual snow activities can be enjoyed here along with dog sleding, snow mobiling, hiking and relaxing in the mountainside village.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Surrounded by mountains and the Georgia Strait (leading into the Pacific Ocean), Vancouver is rich with beaches, parks (including the famous, 1000 acre Stanley Park), filled with things to do for all the family and just minutes away from ski mountains. The diverse nightlife and cuisine can be sampled in every corner of this beautiful city.

Victoria, British Columbia

On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a beautiful, peaceful town where watersports such as sailing, scuba diving and canoeing can be enjoyed all year. Hiking trails, mountain biking and the beautiful Butchart Gardens make this a great family spot.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in the world but there is lots more to do here than just ski. Fishing, snowcat tours, ski lessons, or day trip to Vancouver are all popular and during the summer, mountain biking, hiking and climbing are also available.

Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta

Located in Banff National Park, Banff and Lake Louise are great places to visit for golf, skiing, wildlife watching, hiking, photographing, and the frequent special events.

Calgary, Alberta

Home of the famous Calgary Stampede and Rodeo. Shopping, the zoo, loads of museums, galleries and interesting places to visit in and around the city make Calgary a great family destination. Banff is also not far away.

Jasper, Alberta

In the heart of Jasper National Park, north of Banff National Park, Jasper is a small community which offers a real back to nature opportunity for visitors. The town is often filled with more wildlife than tourists and trails lead from the town all around the Rocky Mountains, suitable for walking, hiking, and mountain biking.

Lethbridge, Alberta

In the heart of Jasper National Park, north of Banff National Park, Jasper is a small community which offers a real back to nature opportunity for visitors. The town is often filled with more wildlife than tourists and trails lead from the town all around the Rocky Mountains, suitable for walking, hiking, and mountain biking.

Regina, Saskatchewan

Home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the capital of the province. Regina is a quiet city where everything is within walking distance. The hands-on science centre, IMAX and Wascana Lake are popular amongst visiting families.

London, Ontario

Families visiting Canada, especially with young children, will find London a great destination with its hundreds of visitor attractions, many designed specifically for the younger audience such as Adventures on Wonderland and Storybook Garden.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The giant waterfalls are a splendour to all who visit. Niagara Falls also offers many visitor attractions for all ages and most within walking distance of downtown hotels and motels. Day trips to the Niagara wine region, the United States and other areas of Ontario are possible from here.

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada's national capital has hundreds of worthwhile museums to visit. The government buildings are also worth visiting along with the Rideau Canal (the world's longest skating rink when frozen in winter) and many events can be enjoyed here.

Toronto, Ontario

The biggest city in Canada and also one of the most vibrant. Day and nightlife here never stops and families can enjoy the array of different places to visit such as the CN Tower, waterfront, the Toronto Islands, loads of museums and sport / music events.

Montreal, Quebec

The cultural capital of Canada. Montreal offers more than most cities and with a French-Canadian twist. Keep an eye out for comedy events, special shows and festivals that happen throughout the year.

Quebec City, Quebec

During the first 2 months of the year Quebec is transformed into the biggest winter carnival. During the summer the beautiful historic city can be explored easily. Museums, art galleries and entertainment in both English and French is easy to come by.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

The small city of Fredericton has many historic tourist attractions, farmers' market, mountain bike trails and a large science centre.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

A great place to visit if you love seafood with many restaurants and festivals following this theme. Other attractions include museums and places significant to the founding of Canada. Charlottetown is in the centre of Prince Edward Island making it a great place to explore Canada's smallest province.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

In and around Halifax you'll find many tourist attractions, museums, cafes and places of interest. Peggy's Cove is nearby and during the summer you can enjoy watersports, hiking and mountain biking.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

One of Canada's most eastern points, St. John's has a special relationship with the ocean and the visitor attractions are heavily influenced by this which include museums and art galleries. Located in the city is the deep water harbour and many historic sites which shouldn't be missed when visiting.

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