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.
Although Alaska may not be on everyone's radar, it might move higher on your family’s must-visit list when they learn more. There are countless activities and breathtaking sights throughout the state, plenty of wildlife to see and much more, whether you spend time in the top tourist areas or venture off to explore Alaska’s hidden gems.
As I wander the canals of Amsterdam on a bright spring morning, the sun plays on the water as shoals of cyclists navigate the tight streets. The city’s inimitable narrow houses teeter overhead, and one particular street erupts in a riot of color as the De Wallen red light district gives way to the Singel canal to the south.
Harvard Medical School released a study that mothers and daughters who take at least one trip together per year have less stress, stronger immune responses, decreased risk for heart disease and more. That’s right: It turns out spending quality time together provides benefits similar to sticking to a healthy diet and getting enough sleep every night. And, let’s face it, traveling is a lot more fun.
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.
There’s something uplifting about transitioning into a new season, especially in a region where the scenery really pops — like the Adirondacks in the fall. Feeling the crisp morning air, seeing vibrant colors shine through the foliage and enjoying the comfort of cozying up with another layer is the perfect antidote to saying goodbye to summer.