Planning a trip this summer should be exciting for you and your family. We point out the best family vacations in Canada that your family will love to go on this summer. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation we have the best options for you.
It’s no surprise if you’re having a hard time choosing a family-friendly vacation spot in Canada- there’re simply too many awesome places to choose from!
You want somewhere that will keep your kiddos entertained, but also wow the adults with Canada’s natural beauty and interesting things to do.
Rest assured, the perfect destination for your family vacation lays in this expansive country.
To help you choose, we’ve listed the top 10 spots for family vacations in Canada. Keep reading to pick your destination.
1. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
This first one may come as a shocker because it isn’t notorious for being a tourist-driven city, but the family-fun to be had here is off the charts.
Saskatoon sits on the east and west of the Saskatchewan River, offering gorgeous sunrise and sunsets over the water. Enjoy the views in this city-meets-country destination.
Kids will love hopping onboard the Prairie Riverboat or gliding down the ice at the Cameco Meeqasin Outdoor Skating Rink. They can learn about pioneers at the Western Development Museum and then check out the Apex Trampoline Park to get their energy out.
Traveling with kids is no small feat. If you’re looking for advice on how to make this vacation the best it can be, check out the Bill Bailey Travel Club for tips, tricks, and guides.
2. Calgary, Alberta
Calgary is the Nashville of Canada. It’s got deep country roots with a passion for music and rodeos.
In fact, it hosts the Calgary Stampede each year; it’s the perfect time to bring your family for a fun vacation. During the Stampede, watch the different events and gasp as the rodeo clowns tame a bucking bull.
Aside from the legendary Stampede, your kids will have a ball at the Calgary Zoo, The Hangar Flight Museum, and at the various live music concerts.
3. Arviat, Nunavut
Nunavut is a land less traveled; very few Canadians have been to this part of their own country. Which is a shame because Arviat is one of the most beautiful and unique Canada getaways.
If you want your kids to learn about Canadian history and the indigenous people, Arviat is the perfect place to go. You can learn all about Inuit culture, traditions, and food and even spend time with elders in their homes (if you sign up for a tour).
Later, watch a Qaggiqtiit performance (drumming, dancing, and singing by Inuit performers). Keep an eye out for caribou during migration season!
4. Churchill, Manitoba
If your kiddos are animal lovers, there’s nowhere like Churchill to make their dreams come true.
Here, you can see wild polar bears wade through the snowy tundra. You can even get up close, from the safety of a vehicle, if you sign up for a tour. Go dog sledding and you’ll likely see wolves, moose, and caribou.
Since Churchill sits on the coast of Hudson Bay, snorkeling is an activity you can enjoy with your family. Every year, beluga whales migrate through the Hudson Bay allowing visitors to see these majestic beings up close.
5. Quebec City, Quebec
For a taste of Europe in North America, head to Quebec City. The architecture, cobblestone streets, and old-timey atmosphere feel straight out of a Shakespearean play.
Families vacation here every year to enjoy the French-Canadian culture so unique to this province.
Your kids will love checking out the Aquarium de Quebec, lounging on the sands of The Baie de Beaufort beach, and exploring Chateau de Frontenac castle. And, you can catch a free circus performance every night on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
6. Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.)
This tiny little island is where Canada was born; it’ll full of history and fun things to do.
Start by checking out the legendary Anne of Green Gables house where the classic novel was based. Then, collect sea shells down the white sandy beaches as you pass by the iconic lighthouses.
There’re family fun attractions like the Shining Waters Family Fun Park where you can pet mini horses, go on pirate themed petal boats, and get soaked on the water slides.
7. Algonquin Park, Ontario
Every kid needs to go camping at least once in their childhood, right?
Algonquin is the perfect campground for families. There’s a clean and clear lake for swimming with freshwater that doesn’t hurt your eyes. Lots of space for mountain biking, picnicking, fishing, and canoeing.
Kids can learn all about the heritage of this land in the Junior Ranger Program. It’s the perfect destination for a family vacation in the great outdoors.
8. Corner Brook, Newfoundland
All hockey lovers will know why this is the best place to visit. It has the Newfoundland Hall of Fame featuring all of the East Coast’s best hockey players.
Your kids will love the Hall, as well as feeding swans at Glynmill Inn Pond. The natural beauty of Newfoundland is unparalleled. There’s plenty of land for camping, mountain biking, and parking your RV.
Don’t forget to go zip lining over the Humber Valley!
9. Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax is an awesome city for families to learn about the East Coast’s history, eat some amazing food, and have a blast outside.
Start with the ship-themed playground before you go to the Maritime Command Museum and learn about the navy.
Trek along the rocky shores of Peggy’s Cove, one of the most beautiful spots in the area. You must try a fresh seafood dish at one of the hundreds of great restaurants in Halifax. You won’t be disappointed.
10. Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, giving it access to everything the island and the mainland have to offer.
Check out the Butterfly Gardens for a glimpse at tropical wildlife. Your kids will love seeing the flamingoes, tropical birds, and thousands of butterflies.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try zip lining through the treetops before kayaking through the Upper Harbour. There’s no shortage of things to do outside with your family in Victoria!
Want More Ideas for Family Vacations in Canada?
This exquisite country has a long list of fascinating places to explore and cities to have fun in. Its wide expanse allows various ecosystems and environments to thrive, making each destination uniquely different from the next.
If you’re interested in learning about more ideas for family vacations in Canada, or anywhere else in the world, check out my blog.