Canada has some awesome destinations made for families with kids below 9, whether you’re on the coast or inland. Here are some of the top locations in Canada for the whole family.
Royal Tyrell Museum – Drumheller
Dino kids will love the this interactive museum with its collection of 130,000+ fossils. Canada’s main center of palaeontological research, the museum lies just 6 km (4 mi) from Drumheller in Alberta. Located ideally in the Late Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation, it houses permanent exhibits that cover the cretaceous, palaeozoic, and triassic periods. Immense yourself in the world of fossils, ancient reptiles and mammals. Kids can walk the length of the world’s largest known marine reptile–21 meters long–or explore the world of woolly mastodons and sabre-toothed cats.
1500 North Dinosaur Trail, AB. Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Black Creek Pioneer Village – Toronto
Take a step back in time to the reenactment village of Black Creek. With historic buildings, skill demonstrations, period costumes and hands-on activities for the kids, this is a spectacular introduction to the world and lifestyles of 1867. Try your hand at archery dodgeball or axe-throwing, or learn about the spooky history through haunted walks. Check their calendar for special events like live musical performances and haystacks. Not in Toronto? – there are several similar places all over Canada: Upper Canada Village, Muskoka Heritage Place and Fort William Historical Park.
1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON. Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, 11am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
Whistler Blackcomb – Whistler
A well-known winter escape, Whistler is THE place for powdery slopes, breathtaking mountain views and engaging snow activities. Whistler Blackcomb is one of the largest ski resorts in North America, where kids can boost their skills at skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing and ski jumping. Book a chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of the mountains.
4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC. Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Marineland – Niagara Falls
Marineland is a fantastic place to take the kids to meet belugas, killer whales, dolphins, walruses and other marine mammals. First opened in 1961, Marineland is just a short stop from the world-famous Niagara Falls. They also boast their fair share of rides and attractions like roller coasters, ferris wheels and more.
7657 Portage Rd, Niagara Falls, ON. May 19 to October 7, 2018.
Canadian Children’s Museum – Gatineau
The Children’s Museum is a special attraction made just for kids. Opened in 1989, kids of all ages are welcome to run around, play and try their hands at arts and crafts, toy car races, cooking with clay, and theatrical performances. Don’t forget to pick up a Children’s Museum passport, so your little ones can collect their stamps as they pay visits to all the corners of the world.
100 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC. Monday to Sunday, 9:30am-5pm
Toronto Zoo – Toronto
One of the largest zoos in Canada, Toronto Zoo boasts more than 460 species, from the short-beaked echidna to Bennett’s wallaby. Praised for its interactive, educational exhibits, you’ll want to head over to the Discovery Zone, to climb on the tree house slide, dig for dinosaur bones and interact with alpacas and rabbits. In the summer, be sure to hit Splash Island, two awesome acres of fun in the water.
2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON. Daily 9:30am-4:30pm.
Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver
British Columbia’s beautiful port city boasts amazing exhibits of 50,000+ aquatic creatures at their aquarium. Watch the mesmerizing manta rays or come see the adorable sea otters at play. There are loads of fun shows too, like the Dolphin Trainer Talk, Meet-A-Penguin, and Shark shows. Ask about the unique Family Sleepovers, where participants explore the galleries and participate in fun tours after closing hours!
845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC. Daily 10am-5pm.
Ontario Science Center – North York
The cool science center is interactive, with an awesome Planetarium and Kidspark, a learn-through-play arena that’s fun for all ages. The center frequently hosts Day Camps for 5-12 year olds, to delve deep into biology, chemistry, bubbles and pirates! Check the calendar for special events and to keep tabs on the rotating art and science installations.
770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON. Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Centreville – Toronto
Surrounded by 600 acres of parkland, this summer island escape offers more than 30 rides and attractions, and 14 food outlets. Centreville was made for smaller kids–with adorable rides like the 1907 antique carousel, teacup rides, mini golf and paddleboats. To get there, hop on a ferry from 9 Queen’s Quay West in Toronto. You can also enjoy a picnic in the sun or rent bicycles to explore the rest of the island.
Centre Island Toronto. Monday to Friday 10:30am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-8pm.