14 Incredible Destinations for Families in Canada

Canada’s diverse landscapes, pristine wilderness, progressive cities and friendly residents make it a perfect destination for families. Best of all, you can get wildly different experiences visiting in winter and summer. As a proud Canadian, I am excited to share with you 14 incredible destinations for families in Canada as recommended by some of the best family travel bloggers out there. Canada is a massive country and it can be difficult to figure out where to go. Hopefully we can help inspire you to find your perfect Canadian holiday family destination.

Toronto is home to many amazing things and the perfect Canadian home base for our family. For families visiting Toronto there’s plenty of attractions such as the Science Museum and the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada BUT the fun side of Toronto is exploring the various neighbourhoods. Families with kids of all ages will enjoy grabbing a day pass and riding the streetcar or the subway to explore spots like Little India where kids can sit in a tuktuk before enjoying some delicious Pakistani dishes at Lahore Tikka House or running through colourful Kensington Market photographing the street art before grabbing some dim sum from Chinatown.

Quebec is a fantastic vacation for families in the U.S. and Canada because you really do feel like you’re having a European vacation without leaving North America. The upper and lower old towns are made for wandering around, taking photos, popping into patisserie or candy shops and for dining. We had a wonderful prix fixe lunch at the very charming and child-friendly Lapin Sauté. The Funicular is a must with kids, as is exploring inside the Chateau Frontenac (which can offer surprisingly good deals off season). In the warm months you’ll find plenty of street performers along the upper town promenade, and great views all year long.


We rented a car for a day and drove to the impressive Montmorency Falls and picturesque Ile d’Orleans. You can take a cable car up to the top of the falls, walk across a bridge that spans them and come back down via the cable car or a set of stairs on the opposite side of the falls. If you have kids the right age, leave time for a play break at the playground at the top (to the left). The island has a loop road that takes an hour if you don’t stop. But leave time to pop into the chocolate shop, peruse the roadside stands selling jam, maple syrup and other homemade goodies, and to take some scenic photos before heading back to the city.

We rented a car for a day and drove to the impressive Montmorency Falls and picturesque Ile d’Orleans. You can take a cable car up to the top of the falls, walk across a bridge that spans them and come back down via the cable car or a set of stairs on the opposite side of the falls. If you have kids the right age, leave time for a play break at the playground at the top (to the left). The island has a loop road that takes an hour if you don’t stop. But leave time to pop into the chocolate shop, peruse the roadside stands selling jam, maple syrup and other homemade goodies, and to take some scenic photos before heading back to the city.

Though Kelowna’s best known for it’s thriving wine culture and stunning lake and mountain scenery, there are plenty of things to do in Kelowna for families. The city has a bustling downtown with a kid-friendly boardwalk that runs the length of the waterfront on Okanagan Lake, complete with sandy beaches, a water trampoline park, a huge playground and a kids spray park. Nearby, you’ll find all the hiking, kayaking and outdoor activities your kids can handle.