Canadian family vacations have been on the rise because more and more people are discovering what an amazing and beautiful country Canada is! Canada celebrated its 150th birthday in 2017 and the country went above and beyond with its celebrations and promotion of tourism. Suddenly, the whole world had their eyes on Canada!




As one of the largest countries in the world, Canada has a very diverse landscape and plenty of things to do. A family vacation in Canada could mean hikes through a rainforest or ziplining over a waterfall. The possibilities are endless!


Canada Need To Know

  • – Getting to and around in Canada is easy to do. All major cities have international airports and most are also connected by railway.
  • – If you’re a fan of road trips, don’t worry, your American driver’s license is valid in Canada (just make sure you have proof of insurance).
  • – Canada’s currency is the Canadian Dollar (you can click here for current exchange rates).
  • – Although French is an official language, you can get by speaking only English.


Where To Stay In Canada

For your family vacation, we recommend cabin rentals in Canada. Staying in a home will give your vacation a much more personal and authentic feel. It’s also perfect for larger families or if you’re traveling with multiple families (no one likes sleeping on a hotel room sofa!).


Places To See In Canada

As we stated earlier, Canada is huge and there is a lot to see and do. Canada has ten provinces and three territories, but for this post we’re going to focus on three of its provinces: British Columbia (BC), Ontario, and Quebec. We hope that you will find this helpful for your family’s visit to any of these areas in Canada and that it will give you some ideas for a fun family vacation.


BC Family Vacation Ideas

Just a few hours north of Seattle, Washington is British Columbia. This Canadian province is surrounded by both ocean and forest, with landscapes that will leave you breathless. Victoria, BC’s capital, is home to museums, parks, and great dining. Incredibly, Victoria is also known for its wildlife. Families can easily book tours to see whales, bears, and many types of birds. Could you imagine seeing a grizzly bear??

Canadian Family Vacations, bear watching

Grizzly Bear


Did you know that many films and TV shows have been filmed in Vancouver? There are walking tours available that will introduce you to the city as well as point out where filming has taken place. The popular show The Flash has been filmed in Vancouver, so we know kids (and some adults!) will love it.

Vancouver skyline

Vancouver Skyline


Whistler has been voted Top 10 Family Vacations in Canada, and it’s easy to see why. Families can explore waterfalls, go mountain biking, or try snowboarding!

Snowboarding in Whistler

Snowboarding in Whistler


Ontario Family Vacation Ideas

Ontario will always have a special place in our hearts, specifically Toronto, because it’s the first part of Canada that we explored. Toronto is such a diverse city, with fun things for the entire family. One of our favorite attractions there was the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. It has awesome tanks, including the world’s largest horseshoe crab touch tank!

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada jelly fish

Jelly Fish


Ontario is also known for its waterfalls. The most well-known is of course Niagara Falls, but there are many others in the province. Make sure to stop in Hamilton, considered the “Waterfall Capital of the World” with almost 100 waterfalls. There, visitors will find Albion Falls. Words cannot describe its beauty.

Albion Falls

Albion Falls


Of course, your family may also enjoy some time out on the water. With over 250,000 lakes, that shouldn’t be hard to do! Rent a boat and enjoy some quality time together.

Huckleberry Island family vacation

Huckleberry Island


Quebec Family Vacation Ideas

As the largest city in Quebec, Montreal has a lot to offer its visitors. It’s known as a foodie city (did you know Canada has the most donut shops in the world?) so we highly recommend taking your family on a food tour. Depending on what time of the year you go, you might also be able to enjoy one of the many fun festivals that Montreal hosts as well.

Canadian Donuts

Canadian Donuts


Quebec City, the capital of Quebec, is full of European charm. Enjoy a walk along cobblestone streets or enjoy delicious pastries. And just outside of Quebec City, is Montmorency Falls. This is yet another set of Canadian waterfalls that will leave you amazed. It’s only 15 minutes from downtown, is 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls, and has a double zipline at the top!

Montmorency Falls

Montmorency Falls


Boasting some of the best ski resorts in the world, Mont-Tremblant is another fun place we recommend for families. There are plenty of activities in the area like skiing and snowboarding (for all levels), ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and even dogsledding.




So if you are planning your next family vacation, we hope you will consider a trip to Canada. From metropolitan cities to tranquil mountain towns, this country has it all. We think it’s easy to please everyone in your family because of the variety of things to do. There might even be too many things to do!! Hopefully, however, we have been able to provide you with a few ideas of where to go and what to do in Canada.


If there is anything else you would recommend for our other readers, feel free to comment below! 🙂


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Planning a Canadian family vacation? We've got plenty of fun ideas, by province, to ensure your family makes the most of amazing Canada!