9 Places Every Canadian Kid Should See

Squamish, British Columbia

Conveniently situated between Whistler and Vancouver, Squamish is the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. Start with the Sea-to-Sky Gondola for breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains.

Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke, known for skiing, transforms into a family playground in summer. Kids will love the Enchanted Forest with its fairytale figurines and B.C.'s tallest treehouse. SkyTrek Adventure Park offers a forest jungle gym, while the mountain coaster provides thrills at controlled speeds.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria boasts numerous kid-friendly attractions within close proximity. The Inner Harbour features the Bug Zoo, Miniature World, and the Royal B.C. Museum. Take a harbor ferry to spot orcas, sea lions, and porpoises. Visit Oak Bay to greet the resident seals and explore a charming bookstore and toy shop.

Vernon, British Columbia

Less busy than the Okanagan region, Vernon is surrounded by lakes and orchards. Visit the O Keefe Ranch to see rare Jacob Sheep and nearby Kangaroo Creek Farm for more exotic animals. Stop at Davison Orchards to ride the Johnny Popper tractor and pick your own fruits and veggies.

Canmore, Alberta

Minutes from Banff National Park, Canmore offers wildlife and wilderness without the crowds. Hike the easy Grassi Lakes trail or rent bikes for the Legacy Trail. Cool off in Quarry Lake or choose a condo with an outdoor pool. Enjoy Canada Day with a pancake breakfast and parade.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Located two hours from Calgary, Dinosaur Provincial Park is Canada s Jurassic Park. Explore the prehistoric past on fossil safari tours. Stay in safari-like comfort camping suites. For a unique experience, visit the Patricia Hotel's saloon on Sunday.

Edmonton, Alberta

Beyond West Edmonton Mall, explore the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village where kids can help role-playing pioneers. Camp at Elk Island National Park, but watch out for bison traffic jams.

Regina, Saskatchewan

Regina offers affordable family fun. Tour the RCMP Heritage Centre to learn about Mounties, then go geocaching at Government House. Visit the Saskatchewan Science Centre for hands-on exhibits at a fraction of big city prices.

Waskesiu Wilderness Region, Saskatchewan

Experience Canada as it was 150 years ago in the Waskesiu Wilderness Region. Take a horse-drawn wagon to see Canada s only free-ranging bison herd. Camp in a tent or stay in a yurt surrounded by forests, swimming lakes, hiking trails.