Best family fun in Canada

Travelling Canada with children creates cherished family memories. From tiny tots to teenagers, these are the best family travel experiences in Canada for any season.
Dodge the frozen giants of Canada’s Iceberg Alley
See icebergs of every hue and shape in Canada's awesome Iceberg Alley. Read more
Rise with the tide at the Bay of Fundy
Go with the flow when there world's most extreme tide happens.  Read more
Experience the thrill of a dog sled ride across Yukon’s frozen lakes
Glide across the frozen expanses of the Yukon powered by man's best friend. No visit to Canada is complete without experiencing the energetic thrill of an authentic ride with a sled dog team across a frozen Yukon lake.   Bred to enjoy hurtling alongside their sled teammates across icy expanses, the excited barking of huskies anticipating their next outing will greet your ears before you even see them. [caption id="attachment_20709" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dog sledding on Annie Lake; Yukon.[/caption] Typical tours involve riding either solo or duo, but in both cases you’ll be taught how to steer up to 16 dogs as they rocket full-tilt across one of the Yukon’s beautiful frozen lakes.   With up to 80 centimetres of ice below you covered with a cool 20 centimetres of snow on top, you’ll feel exhilarated as you and your team hurtle from the expansive white bliss of a frozen lake to pull up at your log cabin where a roaring fire awaits. Get going: Mushing is best between November and March. Book a Yukon trip with Adventure World (adventureworld.com.au). Location: Yukon is in the north-west corner of Canada, bordering Alaska. Connecting flights arrive here from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. By bus you can travel the Alaskan highway on a Greyhound. [caption id="attachment_20710" align="alignnone" width="1024"] It's all smile while dog sledding on Annie Lake; Yukon.[/caption]  “Sway your hips and move from foot to foot as your yelping, barking team of excitable dogs strain at the leash.” – Nikki Bayley   <<Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Soar over the ice fields of Kluane National Park
Fly over one of the most striking views in Canada, if not the world.  Read more
Explore 400 years of history in Old Québec
Stroll back in time, treading the streets of a city that's more than 400 years old.  Read more
Forget the snow and follow Whistler locals to Russet Lake
Venture to an alpine lake that just begs to be plunged into. Read more
Ply the Inside Passage with British Columbia Ferries
Venture through the intricate waterways of British Colombia's Inside Passage. Read more
Frolic at sea with the orcas off Vancouver Island
Meet the ocean's most incredible mammal as part of a boat ride to remember. Ironically the great white whale of whale watching isn’t the white whale – it’s the elusive orca, which is actually a very large dolphin.   Sometimes (a little unfairly) known as the “killer whale”, from April to October each year the Canadian west coast boasts relatively large numbers of orca pods, and during a self-guided paddle or an organised tour from Vancouver Island, you’ll likely see orcas, dolphins, sea otters, tufted puffins, bald eagles and more. [caption id="attachment_20759" align="alignnone" width="1024"] An orca plays in the waters off Vancouver Island- photo courtesy of Shawn McCready.[/caption] What’s more, the better tours – such as those run by Orca Spirit, operating directly out of Victoria – are hosted by marine biologists who can talk you through everything you’re seeing and answer questions.   If the waters are calm enough, you may get to listen in on a hydrophone, lowered directly into the water to pick up the vocalisations of the travelling pods as they frolic and call to each other in and around the Haro Strait where the Canadian and US waters merge. GET GOING: Spot an elusive orca from April to October, when they’re at their most prevalent, with B.C.'s Coastal Adventure. For more on Vancouver Island's wildlife and nature experiences, go here. LOCATION: Vancouver Island is in the south-west corner of Canada, and Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, lies on its south-eastern tip. Near Victoria, orcas can be spotted in the Haro Strait to the east, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the west. [caption id="attachment_20761" align="alignnone" width="1024"] An orca waves to sightseers.[/caption] “Watching these incredibly intelligent animals hunt for salmon in the wild waters off Victoria has to be one of the best animal experiences available anywhere.” – Craig Tansley   <<Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown   var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Take a walk over the wild side for the best view in Toronto
Get on top of the world with one of Canada's best urban views.  Read more
Soar above the craggy peaks of Canada’s Tombstone
Soar above a stunning Canadian scene that time forgot.  Read more
How to have an epic Whistler ski day
Shred to your heart's content at one of Canada's finest ski resorts.   Read more
Crack the Hermetic Code in Manitoba
Do your own super-sleuthing in one of North America's most mysterious buildings.  Read more
Make merry with L’Acadie in Canada’s New Brunswick
Live, love and be merry in a festival about Acadian culture. Read more
For an epic RV getaway, head to the Yukon
Get on the open road under the Yukon's midnight sun. Read more
Indulge your sweet tooth at a Canadian maple sugar shack
Let your taste buds have a holiday at a traditional Québécois sugar shack. No visit to the country that reveres the humble maple leaf so wholeheartedly is complete without a pilgrimage to a traditional “cabanes à sucre”, or sugar shack. [caption id="attachment_20846" align="alignnone" width="666"] A woman enjoys some maple syrup at a sugar shack.[/caption] The onset of spring signals the moment maple sap begins to flow in earnest, which means the annual maple syrup harvest isn’t far behind.   A uniquely Québécois tradition, the 200 or so sugar shacks still in operation throw open their doors to visitors from all over the world eager to join in the fun.   Long tables are laid and vast platters are ordered for crêpes, tarts, ham, bacon, pies, veggies . . . It’s considered extremely poor form not to cover everything in delicious maple syrup. [caption id="attachment_20847" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A sugar shake worker ladles out maple syrup.[/caption] Then, when you’re almost too full to move, head out into the chill and make your own maple taffy by dripping syrup directly onto the snow.   It’s a tradition that dates back centuries, and yet the window each year is tiny – the start of March to end of April and that’s it, so be sure you don’t miss out. GET GOING: Tuck in at a sugar shack (Québecregion.com/en/maple-sugar-shacks) from March to April. Or book an Eastern Canada, USA & Canada New England Cruise from Scenic. [caption id="attachment_20848" align="alignnone" width="652"] It's tasting time at a sugar shack.[/caption] LOCATIONS: Scattered throughout rural Québec Province, surrounding Montréal and Québec City, you’ll find tiny family-owned sugar shacks, as well are larger more commercial operations, within a comfortable driving distance. “Reaching Sucrerie de la Montagne in rural Québec takes a little effort, but it’s worth it to experience an authentic sugar-shack feast served in the middle of a maple forest.” – Katrina Lobley   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Live like a cowboy in Canada’s Grasslands National Park
Go back in time to an age where cowboys ruled the Saskatchewan plains. Read more
Fill up the tank for an iconic Lake Superior road trip
Hit the road- and not just any road, but one of the most beautiful you'll find anywhere. Read more
Cruise among the Palaces and Palisades of Canada’s glorious Thousand Islands
Meander back in time aboard a classic Canadian day cruise.  Read more
Glide along the world’s largest skating rink in Ottawa
Get you skates on and glide along one Canada's prettiest canals. Read more
Pedalling around Vancouver’s picturesque Stanley Park
Experience one of Canada's most tranquil city parks in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Stanley Park offers myriad recreational opportunities, be it swimming off one of its pretty beaches, strolling in the botanical or Chinese gardens, marveling at the many landmarks and totems, or relaxing on one of the beautifully kept lawns. [caption id="attachment_20584" align="alignnone" width="666"] Totem poles in Stanley Park.[/caption] But the best way to experience all 400 hectares of the peninsula is atop a rented bicycle, as the park has an intricate system of purpose-built pathways – including a fringing 10-kilometre loop, ideal for running, which is around the seawall. [caption id="attachment_20585" align="alignnone" width="1024"] One of Stanley Park's lovely paths.[/caption] Offering stunning views of the city to the south, Vancouver Harbour to the east, Lions Gate Bridge and the mountains to the north and sparkling English Bay to the west, walk the entire loop in a leisurely three hours, or knock it over by bike in just over one. [caption id="attachment_20586" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Vancouver's Stanley Park from the air.[/caption] There are many opportunities to picnic, sightsee or tackle a dirt mountain-biking track. Get Going: Spokes Bicycle Rentals has been offering high-quality bikes for rent since 1938. Travel there with APT Touring. LOCATION: Close to downtown Vancouver. [caption id="attachment_20587" align="alignnone" width="1024"] MS Maasdam Cruise Ship on the St. Lawrence River.[/caption] “Join the locals in jogging around the park – a perfect cure for jetlag.” – Katrina Lobley   <<Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Get your motor runnin’ with a Harley ride down Canada’s Icefields Parkway
Get hog-wild on one of the world's great motorcycle journeys. Read more
Why you should make time for Banff’s Moraine Lake
Spend some time on a lake whose scenery is on the money.  Read more
See red salmon fill Canada’s Fraser Canyon Rapids
See one of nature's great exoduses as salmon fill Fraser Canyon Rapids. Read more
Allow your woes to float away on Canada’s Lake Louise
Relax alongside, on, or perhaps even in Canada's beautiful Lake Louise. Read more
Scale the Skyline Trail in Alberta’s Jasper National Park
Venture into Canada's gorgeous Jasper National Park, following the beautiful Skyline Trail.  Read more
Saddle up for the Calgary Stampede
Channel your inner cowboy at the world famous Calgary Stampede. Read more
Legendary Revelstoke, also known as, heli-ski heaven
Enjoy your powder multiple ways at one of Canada's great hidden ski resorts.  Read more
Explore yourself at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Explore yourself and the nation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Read more
Catch your breath on British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Gondola
Ascend into heavenly views on the wonderful Sea to Sky Gondola. Read more
Learn how to howl with wolves in Canadian wilderness
Get in touch with the dog in you while you howl at the moon.  Read more
Experience the rush of gold fever in Canada’s wild Klondike region
Travel like the settlers of yesteryear in the historic Klondike.  Read more
Soothe your soul by paddling Ontario’s Great Spirit Circle Trail
Get in touch with the spirits of Canada in north-eastern Ontario.  Read more
Seeking refuge: Discover the story of immigration in Canada
Learn about the story of modern Canada at the Immigration Museum at Pier 21.  Read more
Celebrate Celtic colour and culture in Cape Breton
Channel your inner William Wallace right in the middle of Canada. Read more
Feel the spray of Niagara Falls aboard Canada’s Hornblower
Experience the awesome power of one of the world's most famous waterfalls.  Read more
Go overboard for oysters on Canada’s Prince Edward Island
Taste the delicate nature of the sea itself on Prince Edward Island.   Read more
Step into the island home of Canada’s beloved Anne of Green Gables
Frolic like one of literature's favourite daughters on Prince Edward Island.  Read more
Why you need to bask under Canada’s beautiful midnight sun
Experience the beauty of perpetual daylight under Canada's midnight sun. Read more
Better than a doughnut, bite into a beavertail in Ottawa
Bite into a sweet, sticky piece of Canadian culture that you won't regret. The stunning scenery isn’t the only thing of beauty to be found in Canada.   The culinary delights on offer at Ottawa’s ByWard Market are national treasures in themselves. Located in bustling downtown Ottawa, ByWard is one of the oldest and largest farmers’ markets in Canada, cherished by locals and visitors alike. [caption id="attachment_21109" align="alignnone" width="1024"] ByWard Market, home of the legendary Beaver Tails.[/caption] It’s home to myriad iconic Canadian delicacies – with one of the standouts unquestionably a BeaverTails (no relation to the furry animal), a doughy, golden, flattish tail-shaped pastry that’s best served drenched in maple butter or covered in hazelnut Nutella. [caption id="attachment_21111" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A delicious pastry ready to be devoured- photo courtesy of Connor Turner.[/caption] Even sweeter than the pastry is the success story behind it: what began literally as a Mom-and-Pop operation at a community fair in 1978 is now an international franchise, with stores as far-flung as Japan and South Korea.   But the first bricks-and-mortar BeaverTails remains here at ByWard – a place that US President Obama made a point of visiting for a spot of takeaway on a Canadian visit in 2009.   If it’s good enough for Barack … GET GOING: Stock up on BeaverTails at Ottawa’s ByWard Market year round. Travel there on Trafalgar’s Best of Eastern Canada End Toronto. [caption id="attachment_21112" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The legendary Beaver Tails pastry show at ByWards Market.[/caption] LOCATION: ByWard Market is so big it is its own district in Lower Town, Central Ottawa. “A signature (and diet-busting) Canadian treat that will reveal your inner sweet-tooth.” – John Lee   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more
Kick up your heels and experience the magic of Carnaval de Québec
Revel at the wonderful Carnaval de Québec, one of the world's largest outdoor festivals. Read more
Experience majestic views atop Montréal’s pretty Mont Royal
Stretch your legs and feast your eyes with a walk to the top of Mont Royal.  Read more
Dig for giant clams on Canada’s Prince Edward Island
Dine on the freshest seafood while feasting on the most gorgeous views.  Read more
Forget vegemite, feast on a smoked meat sandwich in Montréal
Open wide and get ready for one of the world's greatest sandwiches. Talk about indulging the senses.   With a deceptively simple smoked meat sandwich that could take on (and beat!) many of New York City’s finest delis, Schwartz’s in Montréal has been a local institution for nearly 90 years. [caption id="attachment_21034" align="alignnone" width="667"] The wonderful smoked meat sandwich.[/caption] You’ll rarely approach without encountering a huge line of people craving the famed beef brisket that lies within, but for the true pilgrim patience is rewarded.   Sitting shoulder to shoulder in the packed surrounds is an unforgettable way to tackle your smoked meat sandwich on rye with just the right amount of tangy yellow mustard, and, of course, a cherry coke to cut through the fat and work its magic on the saltiness of the main event. [caption id="attachment_21035" align="alignnone" width="667"] The facade of Schwartz's in Montreal.[/caption] Nothing this delicious is ever easy to come by so do your time and get in line.   You won’t regret it.   But if you are time-poor, here’s a tip: the lengthy lines are for the full dine-in experience.   If you just want to be blown away by the sandwich, skip the queue and grab one from the take-out counter next door. It’ll still taste incredible on the street. GET GOING: Fill your belly at Schwartz’s Deli (schwartzsdeli.com) from 8 ’til late. [caption id="attachment_21036" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Diners enjoy the sandwiches at Schwartz's.[/caption] LOCATION: The oldest deli in Canada, Schwartz’s can be found at 3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montréal’s cultural and culinary artery known locally as “The Main”.   << Previous | Next >> Return to the ‘100 Things to do in Canada Before You Die’ countdown var axel = Math.random() + """"; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write('');  Read more