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Best Family Vacations in Canada

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.

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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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Niagara Falls

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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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Vancouver

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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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Montreal

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Toronto
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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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Toronto

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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. Plan an early spring trip when you and your family can enjoy all the delicious fun that accompanies maple harvesting season. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Quebec City

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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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Banff
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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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Banff

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Ottawa
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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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Halifax
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Why go: Halifax boasts plenty of educational to-dos for kids, including the Discovery Centre — Nova Scotia's only hands-on science center. When you all need some fresh air, take the ferry to the small town of Dartmouth for a bevy of trails, parks and lakes. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Halifax

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