Alberta makes available a full line up of activities. There are urban areas to explore with festivals that celebrate the local culture. Edmonton’s Klondike Days Exposition is one of Canada’s biggest and most exciting fairs.
Edmonton also hosts the Heritage Festival with food, music, dance, sports, arts, crafts and artifacts from over 65 different world cultures.
Calgary boasts one of the world’s oldest and finest rodeos, The Calgary Stampede along with the Calgary Folk Festival and the world famous Banff Arts Festival.
Take an expedition through the pristine outdoor surroundings where you can just look or dig in and get wet and wild. Find out why Alberta is called Canada’s Rocky Mountain Playground.
The land in Alberta is rugged so it is a great vacation idea for those families that are adventurous. Whitewater rafting and mountain climbing are popular here.
If your idea of a Canada family vacation is more reserved but you still want to enjoy the outdoors then try hiking, fishing, canoeing, float trips, or horseback riding. You can hire a guide for most of these activities and make it a real expedition and get the most out it.
The Great Canadian Adventure Company will set you up on a bicycling tour of Alberta’s Rockies. The whole family can bike along the Icefields Parkway alongside glaciers, rivers, lakes and wildlife. The panoramic glacier views make this a vacation idea not to be missed.
If fresh water fishing is your idea of a Canada family vacation then go to Manitoba in the heart of Canada. The Greenback Hunter is Manitoba’s premier fishing guide service.
Their experienced guides can turn this fishing vacation idea into a memorable experience for the whole family. Manitoba has some 100,000 lakes so it is the ideal family vacation spot for fresh water beachcombing, board sailing, kayaking, sailing or fishing.There is no better place than Manitoba for wildlife viewing. Bird watching is especially good here as two-thirds of Canada’s 500-plus birds are lured here to the lakes, rivers and marshes. Other wildlife to observe are moose, elk, black bear, wolves, fox, beaver, white polar bears, arctic fox and beluga whales.
Spend your Canada family vacation relaxing as you paddle a canoe along winding Canadian streams and rivers. Glide along through gentle prairie farmland and beneath looming forest trees. Pack a lunch or bring your camping gear and pick a spot on the endless riverbank for an overnight stay.
Right on the border of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is Canada's Eastern Townships area. This is an excellent spot for a family vacation with a large lodging network and a vast array of activities available.
You will find hundreds of miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. Mountain-biking and cycle-tourism are especially popular. There are various centers that offer "Excursions/Adventures" packages where you can try parachute jumping, sailing excursions and many other varied outdoor fun things to do.
Vancouver is an excellent choice for Canadian family vacation ideas. There are plenty of things to do with the kids. Granville Island, downtown Vancouver, is a vibrant 37-acre island of activity for everyone, including the kids. The Kids Market features locally handcrafted educational toys.
It's the home of Granville Island Waterpark and there is staff that offers free games and activities for the kids. On Grandville Island and the city area there are lots of festivals, shows and performances to enjoy. You can see it all on a self-guided tour or by guided bus or boat.
On Canada's southwest coast is the city of Burnaby. It's just over the border from the U.S. and is an excellent family vacation spot. There's Central Park with its nature trails, picnic facilities, several miles of walking and cycling paths and the 18-hole Pitch and Putt golf course. Enjoy contemporary and historical artwork at the Burnaby Art Gallery and Century Gardens.
Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel is an authentic turn of the century town with a restored vintage 1912 carousel. Burnaby also has an ocean beach, two beautiful fresh water lakes, and plenty of pristine Canadian forest and mountain landscape to explore.