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5 Great Canadian Destinations to Take Your Kids This Summer
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Canada is a large and diverse country that is filled with fantastic destinations that are perfect for your next summer vacation with the kids. But with so many popular places to choose from, each offering their own unique things to do and see, planning your trip can quickly become a daunting process. To help you narrow down your choices to the very best, check out the five great Canadian destinations below and then plan your next family trip that will be unforgettable and a lot of fun.
By far one of the most well-known and beloved of all Canadian destinations is Niagara Falls. You can view the falls from the famous Skylon Tower, or you can choose to get right down onto the water with one of the many super exhilarating Maid of the Mist boat rides. A tip to remember is that the Falls are lit up in brilliant colors at night, so be sure to stick around and catch a glimpse of them not only by day but also after night falls.
Once you have your excursions for the day complete, you can head back to one of the many lovely yet cheap hotels in Niagara Falls that will keep you in the center of the action without having to break the bank.
Whistler is in British Columbia, within the Coast Mountains. It is a mere two hours north of Vancouver and it is an ideal destination for those who are looking for a west coast experience. Although the mountains are extremely popular throughout the winter, when families vacation there for skiing and other fun winter sports, you can also head to Whistler for a thrilling summer vacation. Be sure to book a ride in the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, which will give you a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding landscape and is absolutely stunning. Nature lovers will also thoroughly enjoy exploring the many glorious hiking trails, and you can even go on a tour that will let you see bears in their natural habitat. Lakeside beaches are perfect for relaxing and the Family Adventure Zone is a popular destination for the kids.
Speaking of Vancouver, you can also head there to spend some time with your family during your summer vacation. This thriving city is stunning and it is also surrounded by amazing beaches and mountains that the entire family will love exploring. You really get the best of the urban world and the natural world in one place, thanks to Vancouver’s proximity to outdoor activities and its modern atmosphere. After eating at some fantastic restaurants and doing some shopping, you can go on adventures that include whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. Or you could relax on the beaches or at a park. Don’t forget to also check out the museums and attractions like the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Granville Island.
Quebec City, which is in—you guessed it—Quebec, is yet another one of the many family-friendly vacation destinations in Canada. There, you will find adorable cobbled streets, plenty of French Canadian culture, and friendly locals. Check out the architecture, too, like the Chateau de Frontenac, which looks a lot like a castle. Or, visit the Old City to see the quaint architecture there. A really fun attraction for the kids is the Musée de la Civilisation, and you can also spend some time at the beach, where the kids can play volleyball and have some fun in the sun. After all, isn’t that what summer is for?
Also located in British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful place that is known for its old-world charm. Visitors can participate in a wide range of activities that include seeing the Butterfly Gardens, which kids will absolutely love, the historic castles and churches, and the famous Craigdarroch Castle Tower, where you will be able to experience some of the most outstanding views in the entire area. History buffs will also want to make it a point to see the country’s oldest West Coast lighthouse, but nature buffs will definitely want to go zip lining, kayaking, and hiking in the great outdoors, as well as spend a day or two at the beach.
With these five amazing destinations to choose from for your Canadian vacation, you are sure to book a trip that your entire family will enjoy. There are so many things to do and see throughout Canada that people of all ages will have a spectacular time.
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