Reasons to visit Canada…
Ever since my trip to Toronto in Canada when I was a teenager, I have been desperate to return. I was lucky enough to explore the city, and even ride the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls – and no I won’t be digging out the delightful photos of myself in a bright yellow poncho…
Canada is perhaps one of the most desired countries to live in for many reasons including low crime rates and an open-minded and multi-cultural society. Another huge plus point is the country’s spectacular scenery – from mind-blowing glaciers and mountains, kilometres of Instagrammable beaches, forests, lakes as well as vibrant cities mean that Canada is also a sought-after travel destination.
But when you have a huge country that spans over six different time zones, and with so much to see and do – it’s a daunting prospect to even begin planning where you might even visit first. But don’t let its vast expanse put you off, Canada is made for families. Here are four reasons to visit Canada with kids.
The epic wildlife
Where to even begin… Canada is a mecca for wildlife sightings. If you’re looking to see grizzly and black bears in the wild then head to British Columbia, where you might even observe them fishing for salmon from August to September. Polar bears can also be seen in Churchill – Canada’s polar bear capital – during the season of July-November.
If bears are not enough to blow your minds perhaps you’d like to spot some moose, eagles, elk and whistling marmots, which can also be found in the Canadian Rockies.
Meanwhile, Canada is also one of the best places in the world to see killer whales from Quebec to Nova Scotia, the chances of you seeing a pod is pretty high.
The great outdoors
Canada is the second largest country in the world – and with it comes plenty of outdoor and open spaces. Perfect for getting away from the crowds, exploration, and a wealth of exhausting, fun and physical adventures that can be had by the whole family.
The list is absolutely endless. Highlights to shout about include the all-year-round ice-skating in Montreal; skiing and snowboarding in the winter months in Whistler, BC; mountain climbing and kayaking in Alberta’s Jasper National Park – a natural adventure playground for all: having your breath taken away by witnessing the glimmering magnificence of the Northern Lights in Hudson Bay; and white-knuckle whitewater rafting in Nova Scotia. Hiking, camping, mountaineering – Canada’s outdoors really means you can get back to nature. But don’t want to get your hands dirty, or feel out of breath? You also enjoy from a distance – perhaps by taking a train journey across the country in the infamous Canadian train, or perhaps hop aboard the Rocky Mountaineer – and watch the scenery fly past from the comfort of your seat.
There are 19 UNESCO heritage sites in Canada and the most well-known is the Rocky Mountains – a region of alpine lakes and majestic mountain ranges – these alone are reasons to visit Canada. With a plethora of scenic drives including Dempster Highway, Yukon and Northwest Territories, and the Icefields Parkway in Alberta, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes and natural scenery.
Visit one of five beautiful National Parks including Kootenay, Yoho and Banff where you can enjoy natural hot springs and the serenity of Moraine Lake; perhaps you might want to watch the amazing tidal waves in the Bay of Fundy which stretches from the northern coast of Maine into Canada between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia? Go looking for dinosaur fossils just two hours from Calgary at Dinosaur Provincial Park where you can discover evidence of 35 different dinosaur species that roamed the earth 75 million years ago. Or hear and see the roaring magnificence of Niagra Falls in Ontario. Perhaps one of Canada’s most popular beauty spots, don’t let the crowds put you off – the waterfalls are gargantuan enough for all to enjoy.
There are many reasons to visit Canada including the country’s diverse cities offer visitors a multi-cultural mix of distinct personalities, a wealth of history, maritime culture and a melting-pot of good food, and vibrancy. For families – larger cities such as Vancouver is the perfect base – from the Vancouver Aquarium, four playgrounds and the 450-foot-long Capilano Suspension Bridge, there is much to see and do. While the cosmopolitan Toronto is bursting to the seams with family-friendly attractions including the CN Tower, Ontario Science Centre, Zoo and museums galore, which means a fun day out for the whole family. The biggest draw in Montreal is the city’s Old Town, and families can immerse themselves in French history and influences, while smaller cities such as Edmonton, Quebec, and Victoria are drawing in visitors, too.
* This post was written in collaboration with Flight Centre