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Best Family Vacations in Canada

When looking for the perfect destination for your next family vacation, consider Canada for its wide range of multi-generational entertainment — from zoos and aquariums to amusement parks and even rodeos. Based on recommendations from travel experts and our readers, U.S. News rounded up a list of Canadian destinations that cater to familes with spacious lodging as well as kid-friendly attractions and dining options. Use this ranking to plan your next trip north, but vote below for your choice destination before you head out.

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Why Go: Your teenagers will recognize this city as the backdrop to the popular vampire film, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." But Vancouver is also known for its family-friendly environment and kid-centric attractions. You'll find most of them in Stanley Park and Granville Island. Read More»

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Why Go: Keeping the family entertained won't be hard in Toronto. 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. 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»

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Why Go: The falls are the main attraction, and there are plenty of ways to experience them. The Maid of the Mist boat tour may leave you soggy, but it won't put a damper on your trip. The falls aren't the only thing worth visiting: Save some time for the Aquarium of Niagara. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Niagara Falls

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Why Go: The ice-slide at Terrasse Dufferin or the street performances in the Quartier Petit-Champlain will enchant visitors of all ages. For a truly unique experience, plan an early spring trip; you and your family can spend an afternoon making maple syrup together. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Quebec City

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Why Go: Wintertime visitors shouldn't miss ice skating along the Rideau Canal. 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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Ottawa

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Why Go: 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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Halifax

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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. 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: 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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Victoria & Vancouver Island

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