Fab Ideas For Families Visiting Canada

It has to be said that if you’ve got plans to travel with your family then Canada is one of the best countries to visit and well-worth the long haul flight if you’re heading out from Europe.

National Parks, such as Banff and Jasper, are just brimming over with beautiful natural sights and no one is going to complain about a trekking trip with the prospect of seeing a grizzly bear or watching whales spurting offshore.

So, without further ado, check out the smorgasbord of Canadian family favorites below and let the good times roll in the land of the maple leaf.

National park adventures

The protected park lands of Canada stretch across the length and breadth of the country are filled with more natural beauty than you’ll know what to do with. The likes of Banff in Alberta, the Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia and Glacier in British Columbia are all exceptional places to visit and each well-worth your time for their own merits. Best advice for families visiting any national park in Canada is to check in to the closest ranger station and learn more about the wildlife, camping facilities and suitable trekking routes prior to investigating further.

Picnics in the park

No matter which city in Canada you find yourself in there’s always going to be an urban park nearby where you can rest, relax and allow the kids to let off some steam. Heritage trails, recreational facilities and just a whole heap of potential for people watching are all ideal for park dwellers and there’s no best better on a sunny day to lay down the rug and have a picnic. Top picks for families: Stanley Park in Vancouver, Beacon Hill in Victoria, Halifax public gardens and Mont Royal in Montreal.

Visit the Maritimes

If you’ve got plans to travel to the east coast of Canada with your family then you simply must pay a visit to one or all of the three provinces that go to make up the Maritimes. Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick all offer a quintessential images of what life is like on the Atlantic coast as well as holding some of the country’s most impressive areas of natural beauty. Wildlife trails, historic waterfronts and more lobster rolls than you can wave a slice of lemon at, there’s a reason that families love Canada and the Maritimes is up there with the best of them.

There she blows!

Thanks to Canada’s northerly location you’ll find no end of opportunities to spot a spurting blow hole or catch a glimpse of a dripping tail whilst you’re on tour with your family. Blues, Humpbacks, Belugas and Orcas can all be seen at some point or another during the summer months and no matter if you’re out at sea or watching from a prominent hillside, this is one experience that you’ll never forget. The best places to take you family whale watching include: Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia and around the Maritimes on the east coast.

Ooh la la!

Although you’re taking your family out of Europe there’s still every chance that you may come into contact with a few locals who don’t or won’t speak English and this couldn’t be further from the truth than good old Montreal in Quebec. As French is the official language of this, the second largest city in Canada, it will come as no surprise that dusting off your old phrase books is definitely a good idea and what better chance to help your kids learn a bit of the lingo whilst on tour. Also, as Canada’s undisputed cultural capital, Montreal has loads of fun things to do for families as from jazz and comedy festivals to art galleries and more churches than you’ll be able to photograph, this is a superb base from where to enjoy your Canada holidays.

What about Wonderland?

Ok, so you’ve got outdoors and enjoyed a bit of culture as well as plenty of pancakes and lobster rolls, what’s left to do? Wonderland of course! This theme park is over 300 acres in size and offers all manner of rides, slides and areas just for kids all within easy access north of Toronto. With sixteen ‘coasters and a designated splash zone this is just as good as it gets for families looking to let loose in the summer time and with loads of options for public transport there’s no excuses for getting out of the city when the sun begins to shine.

Chris is really looking forward to taking his family on a tour of Canada one day and can’t wait to check out the national parks in the Canadian Rockies on an overnight camp in the woods.

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