Summer vacation is upon us and many families are planning their next great adventure. Excitement can be found close to home as our great nation boasts many amusement parks, natural wonders and exciting museums right on travellers' doorsteps.
Travelocity.ca suggests these 10 Great Canadian family trips that will help make 2011 the most memorable summer vacation.
Algonquin Park, Ontario
With campsites in 12 organized campgrounds, 14 different hiking trails, and almost 8,000 sq km of semi wilderness, Algonquin Park is a must-visit destination for adventurous Canadian families who love to bike, hike or just enjoy the great outdoors. - Travelocity Canada
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Children will be amazed by the mist of the most powerful waterfall in North America. With one of the best views of the falls, the legendary Maid of the Mist offers affordable daily tours. - - Travelocity Canada
Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, Alberta
A museum trip is a great activity to keep kids thinking over the long summer months. Ignite imagination and interest in the past with a visit to Canada's largest living history museum at Fort Edmonton Park. - - Travelocity Canada
The "Polar Bear Capital of the World" is more than a winter wonderland - Churchill offers summer snorkelling and kayaking alongside thousands of beluga whales in Hudson Bay. - Travelocity Canada
Polar Bear Capital of the World - Churchill, Manitoba
www.nathab.com - In recent years, polar bears have faced mounting challenges as global warming has started to melt their icy environment. Natural Habitat Adventures, a worldwide leader in ecotourism and responsible nature travel for 25 years, offers small-group travel to Churchill, Manitoba - aka "The Polar Bear Capital of the World." In this clip, our founder and director Ben Bressler tells you all about these magnificent creatures. To find out more about our Polar Bear Tours, visit www.nathab.com/polar-bear-tours - Travelocity Canada
Victoria Bug Zoo, Victoria, British Columbia
The Victoria Bug Zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience multi-legged creatures from around the world, like giant walking sticks, hairy tarantulas, and glow-in-the-dark scorpions - even Canada's largest ant farm. - Travelocity Canada Pictured: Giant Millipede
A Winter Playground - Valcartier Snow Centre
Located 20 minutes from Quebec City, Valcartier Vacation Village is one of the most appreciated recreation destinations in North America. Renowned as the largest winter playground in North America, it offers various activities enjoyed by its family clientele, which grows every year. Valcartier Vacation Village opened in 1963 and has never stopped developing and diversifying. Since the summer of 1998, two major divisions have been added to this family attraction: Rafting Valcartier, which offers excursions on the Jacques-Cartier River (whitewater rafting, family river tour, hydrospeed and raft and canoe rental) and an ultramodern 600 site campground next to the waterpark. Today, with its 50 year-round employees, 500 seasonal jobs, over $50 million investment, and more than 10 million visitors, Valcartier Vacation Village is a major economic generator in the Quebec tourism sector. It seeks, first and foremost, to remain a must-visit destination for families looking for pleasure and wonder in summer and winter.
Bay of Fundy, Hopewell, New Brunswick
Hopewell Rocks is a natural wonder with 100-billion tonnes of salt-water, which slowly fills the Bay of Fundy creating the highest tides on the planet. When the tide is low, kids can play around the four-storey flower-pot shaped rocks gouged out of the cliffs. Vote to make the Bay of Fundy one of the New7Wonders of Nature at VoteMyFundy.com. - Travelocity Canada
Grouse Grind, Vancouver, British Columbia
For active, young families seeking a challenge consider the Grouse Grind also known as Mother Nature's Stairmaster - a grueling 90-minute climb up the mountain. After a long climb, the Skyride aerial tramway brings sleepy kids back to the base. - Travelocity Canada
BC Hiking: Grouse Grind
Hiking in North Vancouver, British Columbia's Grouse Grind.
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
www.seevirtual360.com CLICK the link for the full VIRTUAL TOUR. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is in the heart of the badlands, 6 km (4 mi) northwest of Drumheller, Alberta, in Midland Provincial Park. Plan to spend a few hours visiting the Museum, and remember, Drumheller and surrounding area have a lot to offer - you might want to stay a while!
Metro Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Ontario
Discover the wild, ferocious and seemingly cuddly animals beyond Canada's backyard. From the 10-acre Tundra Trek with Polar bears to the Gorilla Rainforest, Splash Island, Waterside Theatre and rare African Penguins, the Metro Toronto Zoo is a full day of fun for the whole family. - Travelocity Canada