Planning a family vacation is very difficult and quite different than organizing a journey with your friends or a romantic trip with your sweetheart. One of the main concerns for the parents planning such an event is the safety of the children, but other things which should be taken into consideration are the preferences of different kinds of entertainment the adults and the children have – and if the age difference between the children is big enough (e.g. teenagers and preschoolers) the task becomes even more difficult, that the children would probably want more energetic and active ways to spend their time during vacation, and the parents would more likely want to have a rest, and last but not least, the effort to arrange more educational activities for the children.
The vast territory of Canada provides all kinds of entertainment for the whole family and for families with various lifestyles – there are national parks, museums, historical areas in the cosmopolitan cities, amusement parks.
If your family likes to spend a lot of time outdoors the many national parks in Canada give the opportunity to explore different natural environments and ecosystems – Wood Buffalo, Gros Morne, Fundy etc. If you like to observe natural landscapes, but you prefer to do it in a more comfortable atmosphere, you might take the train on White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, which dates back to the Klondike Gold Rush. Beaches might not be strongly associated with Canada, but there are some really beautiful ones like Parlee Beach, Murray Beach, or Cavendish Beach, where you can spend the day resting, sunbathing and swimming, while the kids are playing. If you specifically like winter sports, you must visit Banff or Whistler. Among the miracles of nature in Canada there are many waterfalls, the most famous which are Niagara Falls.
In case you prefer the cosmopolitan atmosphere and want to explore Canadian culture, you might want to spend your vacation in one of the major cities – Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, or Toronto, where you may enjoy the classical architecture and the local cuisine, and also to learn a lot about the history of the country. If you want you see another aspect of the Canadian society and history, you might want to visit Peggys cove – a fishing community dating back to 1766, famous for its Lighthouse and the St. John’s Anglican Church.
And if you choose the children’s entertainment to be the centre of your trip, you might choose to visit the some if not all of the various museum and exhibitions specifically made or accommodated for children: Manitoba Children’s Museum, Johnson Geo Centre, where they can learn about the cosmos and the way the earth formed, Canadian Children’s Museum, Telus Spark Science Museum, T-rex Discovery Centre etc. The zoos are another option, for example Magnetic Hill Zoo or Toronto Zoo. And if you want to spend a day or more in pure fun, you may visit some of the famous amusement and waterparks like Calypso park, which is the largest theme waterpark in the country, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark or Canada’s Wonderland.