Considering Canada this year? Here are some of the best cities for families to explore and enjoy!
Ottawa might get a lot of love in the winter for its amazing, snow-laden scenery, but Ottawa in the summer is just as pretty. Check out Canada’s capital city, including the ample history, but don’t keep your kids cooped up inside museums for too long. An absolute must — for families especially — is a trip around the Rideau Canal. You can even rent your own boat to sail the waters yourself.
Montreal offers plenty of fun for kids and adults alike. Explore the amazing food scene (poutine, bagels and beaver tails, anyone?), the picturesque waterways, the lush green space and Old Montreal. Brush up on your French before you visit — this bilingual city embraces its French history with gusto!
On the other side of the country, Victoria is the place to be on Canada’s West Coast. This huge city provides lots for families to do across its neighborhoods, as well as loads of new and upcoming luxury hotels. Beyond the museums and attractions within Victoria’s urban center, it also offers loads of nature to explore, right outside the city.
Back on the East Coast, St. John’s is a quaint city on Newfoundland known as the oldest city in North America. There’s plenty of history and culture to explore, shopping, architecture and hiking. Check out the lighthouses, play along the shore and pack a picnic.
The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is arguably better than the American side. The views are pristine! Adventurous kids will love a Niagara cruise and getting up close to the powerful falls. However, don’t spend your entire time in this city hanging around the natural wonder. Away from the busy tourist area, you’ll find great hiking, historical attractions and even an amusement park.
In Alberta, Calgary is up and coming and gaining popularity quickly with travelers and moving millennials alike. The city blends farmland and city skies effortlessly, for a fun yet relaxed environment. Take the kids to the Calgary Zoo and Glenbow Museum. If you’re visiting in July, you can’t miss the Calgary Stampede, a world-famous affair.
Lastly, Toronto should be a consideration for your family’s travels this summer, with its many green spaces, museums and fun food scene. Take your crew to the top of the CN Tower for thrilling heights. Visit the Toronto Zoo, Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Centre. Make sure you check the city’s calendar before your visit; there are plenty of fun festivals throughout the year that may appeal to your family.
The Grinch reimaged in intricate ice carvings, superfast indoor snow tubing and a Ferris wheel ride with Santa high above the D.C. area. Sound like fun? You and your family can experience all this and lots more this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Traveling the countryside without adding miles to your car may sound like a riddle, but it’s really just a clever family travel plan offering the best of both worlds. Enjoy quality time with the family and view rolling scenery without having eyes on the road with train travel.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.
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The sun-soaked beaches and piazzas of summer often come to mind when we envision what makes the perfect Italian holiday. However, there’s something to be said for visiting the country during the off season, as it presents itself as an entirely different place, with unexpectedly delightful new ways to appreciate its dolce vita in the forms of food, wine, art, culture, and sophisticated urban life. This is particularly true in Piedmont (a.k.a. Piemonte), which sits at the top of the “boot” and attaches to France.