Family Holidays in Canada
Nothing quite beats a family holiday in Canada! From the spectacular scenery, to the wildlife, to the festivals and the cities this awe inspiring country has so much to offer families. But as the world’s second largest country, where do you start?
Planning a family holiday in Canada is no easy task; just like in Australia there are vast distances between towns and cities so what might look like it’s not too far on the map could actually be a couple of days driving time. Self-drive tours are so much fun though, and one of the best ways to get up close and personal with Canada's natural wonders.
So, what might you want to include on your family holiday in Canada?
Well I guess that’s partly going to depend on the age of your family. Young kids may be annoyingly underwhelmed by the spectacular Canadian scenery, but if you can combine sightseeing with activities and attractions that will interest them you can make it a holiday to remember. For example, take a ride on the huge all-terrain vehicles out onto the Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield in the Rockies, or walk the Skywalk glass floor attraction – it’s the perfect way to see some of the most amazing scenery in the world while keeping your kids occupied too.
No lack of things to do for all ages
In British Columbia take the kids to the impressive Vancouver Aquarium, or ride the cable car up Grouse Mountain for amazing views over the city. Go on an adventure, kayaking in pristine waters or take the kids camping by a crystal clear lake in the mountains. Hike, fish, and go mountain biking in the summer, or ski, snowboard, snowshoe and ice fish in the winter. Take a thrilling dog sled ride, or an unforgettable sleigh ride, or just grab a tube and go snow tubing – it’s so much fun!
While we think of Canada for its majestic scenery and outdoor activities first, the country has ample culture to offer too. If you’re visiting the cities be sure to check out their great museums. Ottawa, the capital, is such a family-friendly little city and home to the Canadian Museum of History that takes a look at 20,000 years of human history in Canada. There are exhibits here that will interest children, such as the towering totem poles, but for more fun and family-friendly exhibits head into the Canadian Children’s Museum right in the same building.
Then there are the festivals
From coast-to-coast Canada has many festivals and events to get involved with. The biggest party usually takes place on Canada Day, July 1st, when all Canadians celebrate the day their country was born. Every city puts on festivities and they usually always culminate with a spectacular fireworks show after dark. Other big events and festivals include Winterlude in Ottawa, the Celebration of Light in Vancouver, the Calgary Stampede, and the Canadian National Exhibition and Caribbean Carnival, both in Toronto.
Lots to tempt the tastebuds
Families on holiday in Canada can also enjoy the food. Try the tastiest and freshest seafood on the Atlantic Coast and the Pacific Coast, or indulge in a juicy steak or fall-off-the-bone ribs. Try something different, like a Bison burger or elk, and sweet treats like Beaver Tails.
Canada really has so much to offer for a family holiday, and this is only touching the surface of what you can see and do on your next visit.
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