comScore
U.S. News Best Vacations Badge

Best Family Vacations in Canada

U.S. News Best Vacations Badge

When looking for the ideal destination for your next family vacation abroad, consider Canada for its wide range of multigenerational entertainment – from zoos and aquariums to amusement parks and even rodeos. Based on recommendations from our editors, travel experts and you, our readers, U.S. News rounded up a list of Canadian destinations that know how to cater to families. Use this ranking to plan your next trip north, but vote below for your choice destination before you head out.

Change Ranking

Explore More Rankings

Canada Rankings


Niagara Falls

#1 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: The Maid of the Mist boat tour may leave you soggy, but it won't put a damper on your trip. When you're not admiring the falls, marvel at the blooms at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Read More

Niagara Falls View 18 photos
Belongs on List? Yes No

Vancouver

#2 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: You'll find most of Vancouver's kid-centric attractions in Granville Island and Stanley Park. The nearly 1,000-acre park boasts the Vancouver Aquarium, plus four playgrounds, an outdoor water park and a miniature train. Read More

Vancouver View 29 photos
Belongs on List? Yes No

Quebec City

#3 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: The ice slide at Terrasse Dufferin or the street performances in the Quartier Petit-Champlain will enchant visitors of all ages. Plan an early spring trip when you and your family can enjoy all the delicious fun that accompanies maple harvesting season. Read More

Quebec City View 22 photos
Belongs on List? Yes No

Banff

#4 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: Whether you're visiting in winter or summer, you'll find plenty of outdoor attractions suited for the whole family. Hop on the Banff Gondola for an unbeatable view, whisk down mountains on a snow tube or relax in natural hot springs. Read More

Banff View 18 photos
Belongs on List? Yes No

#5 Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park

#5 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: At Jasper National Park, families can take in the scenery with a drive along Icefields Parkway. Or explore on foot, where you're likely to spot elk, moose or a bear on one of the hiking trails. In the winter, snow sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice skating a bound. 

Jasper National Park
Belongs on List? Yes No

Montreal

#6 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: This francophone city is a hub for history and art, not to mention delicious French-inspired cuisine. You'll also uncover a 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

Montreal View 24 photos
Belongs on List? Yes No

Victoria & Vancouver Island

#7 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: Victoria and Vancouver Island feature several family-oriented attractions. Your kids will enjoy a visit to the Victoria Butterfly Garden or a hike in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. One opportunity you shouldn't pass up is a whale-watching tour: Orcas are common in these parts. Read More

Victoria & Vancouver Island View 25 photos
Belongs on List? Yes No

#8 Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

#8 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: The backdrop for the Anne of Green Gables stories, Prince Edward Island offers a variety of outdoor experiences – from sandy beaches to water sports like kayaking to explore one of eight lighthouses. Plus, PEI is a quick flight from almost anywhere on the east coast. 

Prince Edward Island
Belongs on List? Yes No

Toronto

#9 in Best Family Vacations in Canada

Why go: Keeping the family entertained won't be difficult in Toronto: 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) outings. Read More

Toronto View 20 photos
Belongs on List? Yes No

Vote to Add these Destinations to the Rankings

Vote to Add

Kelowna

Kelowna

Belongs on List? Yes No

Ottawa

Ottawa

Belongs on List? Yes No

Halifax

Halifax

Belongs on List? Yes No

Calgary

Calgary

Belongs on List? Yes No

Recommended Articles

Best Airfares