Family Activities in Canadian Cities

While it may feel like spring break just ended for school-aged children, summer vacation will be here before you know it. If you find yourself in one of these five great Canadian cities this summer, these are some activities the whole family will love.

1. Vancouver

Vancouver provides a plethora of options for active families. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting and skiing are all popular activities. For those who prefer putting their feet up, there are beaches and parks aplenty. You may also want to bring the youngsters by a family-friendly attraction, like the Granville Island shopping district, or the “naturally thrilling” Capilano Suspension Bridge.1 Mix in a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, and you have plenty of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.

2. Toronto 

When it comes to keeping the kids entertained, Toronto’s got it covered. The Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre are two attractions sure to appeal to children. If you have a full itinerary, you should consider a CityPass — which saves you 50% on admission to five of the city’s top attractions, including the CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum.1 And depending on where you’re coming from, you may find it worthwhile to drive the extra couple hours to take in the wonder of Niagara Falls.

3. Montreal

For a dose of Canada – both old and new – Montreal is the place to be. Venues like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Montreal Biodome will keep you fascinated; while the La Ronde Amusement Park will have your children smiling and your adrenaline pumping. All the while, the French cuisine throughout the city gives you a taste of the history of French-speaking Quebec.1

4. Quebec City

If your children enjoy castles and the culture that surrounds them, they’ll be happy walking the cobblestone streets of Old Québec! This city is the only walled city north of Mexico. Inside, cafes and antique shops surround historic attractions like the Citadel and the Notre-Dame Basilica. You can also combine history and nature with a walk along the scenic Terrasse Dufferin.1

5. Ottawa

Ottawa’s great museums are a hit with families. The Canadian Museum of History2 (home to Canadian Children’s Museum), lets kids “travel the world” by exploring a North African market, a traditional Japanese house, or an Egyptian pyramid. It also provides a close look at Canada’s history with totem poles and model homes of native peoples. For families with more specific interests, the city also features the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Canadian Aviation Museum, Canadian War Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada.2


1 U.S. News & World Report. (n.d.) Best family vacations in Canada. Retrieved on 17 April 2015 from

2 (n.d.) Things to do in Ottawa, Canada. Retrieved on 17 April 2015 from