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Canada with Kids

From coast to coast, kids will enjoy Canada's Great Outdoors and also the theme parks, children's museums, and other attractions that make Canada's cities fun for families.

Top Things to Do in Montreal in Summer
Montreal is a terrific city for summer family vacations: visitors feel as if they've landed in Europe, yet English is widely spoken. Families can stroll in Old Montreal, pick up some history at kid-friendly museums, walk down to the Old Port and visit the Montreal Science Center, bike for miles along riverside bike paths, visit a Biodome,...

Montreal Botanical Gardens: Magic of Lanterns, Halloween Fun
Families visiting Montreal's Botanical Gardens in October can enjoy fall foliage and autumn weather, plus Halloween activities and the annual "Magic of Lanterns", colorful displays of lit boats and figures on a pond in the Chinese Garden area.

Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology
This traveling exhibition debuted in Montreal and combines movie memorabilia from the classic Indiana Jones movies with real-life history and archeology, making use of multimedia handheld devices.

Quebec City
A visit to family-friendly Quebec City can feel like a mini-trip to Europe. Families can enjoy the historic areas, the French-speaking ambiance (note that those in the tourist trade speak English too), and a cool museum that's geared to kids. In winter, take a ferry across the river through thick ice, and be sure to ride the giant ice slide by...

Quebec Carnival
Quebec City is delightful in summertime and fall, but perhaps the best time to visit is in winter, when -- for seventeen days-- the city joyously celebrates the world's largest winter carnival. See also: a closer look at Fun Things to Do at the Quebec Winter Carnival .

Quebec City Plus Skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne
A great combo winter getaway: visit historic Quebec City, and add on some skiing at Mont-Ste-Anne just a half-hour away.

Quebec Ice Hotel
The only Ice Hotel in North America is just ten minutes from downtown Quebec City. The Ice Hotel is beautiful and well worth a visit; kids will like the novelty and the ice slide inside the entrance hall. The Ice Hotel's season is from early January to late March.

Top Things to do in Toronto with Kids
Toronto -- situated on one of the Great Lakes-- is Canada's largest city, and has plenty of family-friendly sightseeing. The city is proud of its ethnic neighborhoods, upscale shops and restaurants, and live theater scene which typically has a family show running.

Banff, Alberta, Canada
Few towns are nestled so scenically in huge, showy mountains: Banff is surrounded and dominated (in a good way) by mountain peaks. Banff is extremely popular as a summer destination, and in wintertime visitors can ski at a number of nearby ski resorts. Banff is 128 km (about 80 miles) from Calgary.

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC
Tips about visiting Vancouver's top tourist attraction with kids: including the Vancouver Aquarium, the Ghost Train, Christmas Train, summer waterplay zone, and more.

Vancouver BC: Three Ski Mountains, 30 Minutes from Downtown
Vancouver gets top marks for scenery thanks to its setting with mountains right by the sea. From late November to April, visitors can ski on those mountains, all within a half-hour drive from downtown. Two of the mountains offer terrific views of the sea and city below - not many ski resorts can offer that! Visitors can rent ski-wear as well as...

Visiting Bowen Island BC
Beautiful and kid-friendly Bowen Island is an easy day-trip from Vancouver BC: take a short ferry and scenic ferry ride, then take a walk in a park and grab a bite in the local restaurants. Sea kayaking is available in summer months.

Vancouver Island BC
Tips for driving across Vancouver island, for those taking a ferry from Vancouver BC --which is on the mainland-- to the Island, and driving across it to reach destinations such as Tofino, a popular spot for whale-watching.

Tofino BC Whale-Watching
Tofino is a small town on the west coast of Vancouver Island that's popular with visitors as a surfing spot and as the launching point for whale-watching tours.

Family Ski Resorts in Canada
It's not called the Great White North for nothing. You can find some great family ski resorts, stretched across the very big country of Canada. Most are in the provinces of Quebec, Alberta (for skiing in the Rockies), and British Columbia, which offers great skiing in several different regions, and even has three ski resorts just a half-hour drive from Vancouver on the West Coast.

Canada Travel
About.com's guide for Canada Travel covers all the major cities and tourist destinations, and has plenty of family-friendly suggestions.

Theme and Amusement Parks in Canada
About.com's Guide for Theme Parks covers Canada's amusement parks. Though Canada has no Orlando or Disneyland, a number of cities do have a theme park or amusement park where families can ride coasters and enjoy attractions for all ages.

TRYP Quebec Hotel PUR
Read about this family-friendly TRYP by Wyndham hotel, in the trending St. Roch neighborhood.

Whistler-Blackcomb Ski Resort in Summer
Visitors flock here to bike and hike: don't miss the alpine interpretive hiking trails and Peak2Peak gondola between the two mountains; have a feast on the mountaintop. Also try fun activities in the Adventure Zone.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
This resort offers kid-friendly luxury and a great location just steps from the Blackcomb ski lift in winter. In summer, the lift takes visitors to alpine hiking, and a Family Adventure Zone offers bungy jumping, mini-golf and other fun right at the lift base.

Big White Ski Resort
This mid-sized ski resort has some great features for families: ski-in, ski-out lodgings, complimentary family activities in the evening, and fun activities such as an ice rink and an Ice Tower.

Visiting Vancouver BC for Family Vacations
Have a look at some great suggestions for each season of the year, including skiing.

Quebec’s Ice Hotel Teams with Disney for a "Frozen" Suite
Quebec's famous ice hotel gets some Disney magic with it's "Frozen"-themed suite in 2014.

Where to Celebrate Maple Sugar Season
In late winter and early spring, take the kids maple sugaring in the Northeastern US and Canada

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