Photo: Tigh-Na-Mara Resort
Parksville, British Columbia
What makes the seawater at this laid back Vancouver Island resort town so deliciously warm? The extreme tide recedes up to a kilometre from shore, making it ideal for wee ones to frolic in. The shallow tide pools also lure teens onto skimboards and away from their devices. Family gatherings are oh-so comfortable at Tigh-Na-Mara, a resort cradled within 22 forested acres. This rustic (without the dust) resort boasts 38 ocean-view suites, an outdoor playground, plus its own wide stretch of sandy beach.
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Photo: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
One of the most family-friendly cities in Canada, Winnipeg has recently undergone a cultural metamorphosis. Begin at The Forks, where Variety Heritage Adventure Park brings the region’s history to life in a fantastic playground. Next, wander through the interactive exhibits at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a motivational space for all age groups. Meet polar bears and other arctic creatures at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Just outside the city, over 300 bird species have been spotted at Oak Hammock Marsh. Families can help naturalists by banding birds and releasing them back to nature.
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Photo: National Capital Commission
Even if your kids say they hate museums, the ones in Ottawa are designed with families in mind. Our nation’s capital is the place to be for the Canada 150 celebrations, but it’s easy enough to day trip here from the Gatineau region, too. You’ll want to head out of town anyway to explore Gatineau Park with its many lakes, lookouts and easy trails. For affordable eats in the city, look no further than the ByWard Market District.
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