Hinder moans of “I’m bored” from your kids by going on an adventurous holiday in Canada, where the scenery embodies unexplainable magic that entertains all ages. No matter where you go, adventures will follow, leading you to incredible views of your choice! Take your pick on a glistening seascape waiting for you to kayak or surf, bright blue alpine lakes nestled below snow-capped peaks, or wakeboarding and tubing on a boat on a hot summer’s day.
If you can imagine your family enjoying one (or all) of these activities, do yourself a favor and read on for regions that boast epic Canadian adventure tours!
1. The Canadian Rockies
You’ve probably seen the Canadian Rockies plastered across most Canadian postcards: a vibrant blue lake backed by snow-laden mountains. If this is the type of scenery you want, hiking and camping tours in the Canadian Rockies are where you want to look for your next vacation! The Rockies boast of a network of trails, ranging from highly challenging to mild, but no matter where you go, you’ll find exceptional panoramas. Expect to see many local families taking their kids on similar adventures too!
While camping and hiking are the predominant activities in the Rockies, there are also fun mountain towns: Banff, Jasper, Canmore, Lake Louise. Banff may be the most crowded, but your kids will enjoy the fudge shops, candy stores, tourist shops, and variety of restaurants lining its core.
2. Okanagan Valley
Looking for outdoor fun, but with a little more water and slightly less backcountry? The Okanagan Valley is a fantastic place for families of all ages. Younger kids will enjoy hours of building sandcastles along Okanagan Lake or Kalamalka Lake while you soak up rays and read a book. Outside of lazing on the beach, you can also check out some wineries and cideries that have lanes of apple trees and grape vines ready for kids to explore (and you get to try out wine and ciders while they tire each other out). But that’s not all!
There are also a crazy amount of family-friendly hiking trails scattered across the Okanagan—and most of them unveil a bird’s eye view of one or more lakes tucked in the valley below. Consider Kalamalka Provincial Park in Vernon or Knox Mountain Provincial Park in Kelowna for your first few walks before looking into some shaded forest creekside explorations to escape the heat.
One of the best ways to experience the Okanagan, though, is to rent a boat and spend days swimming in the middle of the lake, wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, and finding lakeside camping spots. Consider houseboating on the Shuswap as well!
So you want to rough it? Consider looking into tours in Yukon for some incredible adventure possibilities. This northwest Canadian territory may not be at the top of the list for most families, but it deserves to be, especially if you have tweens and teens keen on immersing in the wild.
Think canoe trips, hiking along alpine meadows and supernatural scenery in Tombstone Territorial Park, and catching a glimpse of history in the once gold-rush boomtown, Dawson City. The Yukon is embroidered with quintessential Canadian views, and it’s worth taking your family here at least once in your life—especially if you’re a Canadian citizen!
4. Vancouver Island
Feel like your family is living out a montage in some epic, kid-friendly movie, where you happily travel from salt-scented waves rolling onto the shoreline in Tofino to hiking and biking near Victoria to playing at the beach in Parksville to cruising in Victoria’s harbor via kayak. The island offers locals and tourists a slice of paradise like no other—thanks to its Hawaii-like laid-back, beach vibes and European influences (in Victoria) fused with Canada’s Great Outdoors.
A family-friendly tour on Vancouver Island could include camping along beach fronts, falling asleep to the hum of waves grazing the shore and waking up to incredible sunrises painting the horizon purple and yellow, and checking out unreal areas via biking, hiking, or kayaking. If your kids are old enough, you may be able to give surfing in a Tofino a try.
5. Prince Edward Island
If one word could describe Prince Edward Island, it would be ‘charming.’ Even just spending time in the province’s capital—Charlottetown—is enough to keep everyone happy and entertained for a while, especially younger kids. The sparkling seascape flanking the island makes for world-class beach getaways—and most are a short distance from Charlottetown. Take Brackley Beach, for example, which is just 15 minutes from the capital. This beach sits in a national park, so you’ll have to pay a fee. But a fee typically means the area is well-preserved, clean, and stunning!
Outside of beaches, you’ll enjoy the Anne of Green Gables paraphernalia scattered across Charlottetown, as well as quaint buildings carrying stories harking back to different eras in Canada’s young history.
Well, there you have it: five amazing Canadian regions tailor-made for family-friendly adventures. Hopefully, at least one of these destinations stood out to you, helping to make your decision on where to go in Canada an easy one!