Best Family Vacations in Canada

When looking for the perfect destination for your next family vacation, don't be too quick to dismiss America's northern neighbor. Canada overflows with ways to entertain the young and the young-at-heart, from zoos and aquariums to amusement parks and even rodeos. Here is a list of the best places in Canada to visit as a family.

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Why Go: Your teenagers will surely recognize this city as the backdrop to the popular vampire film, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," but there's more to Vancouver than its Hollywood reputation. Vancouver is known for its family-friendly environment and top attractions completely devoted to kids. You'll find most of them in Stanley Park and Granville Island. Read More»

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Why Go: There's no shortage of things to do in this massive city. Start by getting a feel for the city from the top of the CN Tower. From there, you'll have your pick of activities: The Toronto Zoo and Ontario Place are always a hit with the kids, while the Ontario Science Centre and Fort York offer more educational (and fun) experiences. Read More»

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Why Go: This francophone city is a hub for history and art, not to mention delicious French-inspired cuisine. When your kids grow tired of museums and religious sites, take advantage of Montreal's host of child-centric activities. Head to the Montreal Biodome for some scientific exploration or to La Ronde Amusement Park for a roller coaster ride. Read More»

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Why Go: Nothing says "family fun" like a good, old-fashioned rodeo. So gather the herd and plan a July trip to Calgary to witness the famous Calgary Stampede, a Wild West fest catering to all ages. During the rest of the year, Calgary's cowboy culture can be found at Heritage Park, a massive living-history village. Read More»

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Why Go: The thrill of the ice-slide at Terrasse Dufferin or the street performances in the Quartier Petit-Champlain can easily enchant visitors of any age. But for a truly unique experience, plan on an early spring trip when the maple trees are ready to be tapped; you and your family can spend an afternoon making maple syrup together. Read More»

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Why Go: Wintertime visitors shouldn't miss ice skating along the Rideau Canal (not to mention warming up with a cup of canal-side hot chocolate). And if you're planning a June trip, take part in the annual Children's Festival. No matter when you visit, the Canada Science and Technology Museum's hands-on exhibits will keep kids occupied for hours. Read More»

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Why Go: The 170-foot waterfall is the main attraction and there is no shortage of ways to experience it. For example, the Maid of the Mist boat tour may lead to a soggy wardrobe, but it sure won't put a damper on your trip. The falls aren't the only thing worth visiting: Head to the Aquarium of Niagara for a look at fascinating underwater critters. Read More»

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Why Go: Victoria and Vancouver Island are home to several family-oriented attractions: Your kids will enjoy flitting about in the Victoria Butterfly Garden and hiking in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. But the one opportunity you shouldn't pass up is a whale-watching tour: Orcas are common in these parts. Read More»

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Why Go: If the sea beckons to your kids, a trip to Halifax will prove both entertaining and educational. This harbor town is home to the most substantial maritime museum in the country, which houses a notable exhibit on the Titanic. When you're ready for dry land, head over to the Citadel for a free guided tour led by a kilted soldier. Read More»

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