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  • Fundy National Park and Vicinity (New Brunswick): You'll find swimming, hiking, and kayaking at this extraordinary national park -- and plenty of attractions and programs for kids, too. Don't overlook biking in the hills east of the park, or rappelling and rock climbing at Cape Enrage, either.
  • Prince Edward Island's Beaches: The red-sand beaches here might turn white swim trunks a bit pinkish, but it's hard to beat a day or two splashing around these tepid waters while admiring pastoral island landscapes. The island possesses several children's amusements nearby, as well.
  • Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort (Montréal, Québec): The pearl of the Laurentians is Mont-Tremblant, just an hour and a half from Montréal and the highest peak in eastern Canada at 968m (3,176 ft.). It's a mecca in the winter for skiers and snowboarders from all over and is repeatedly voted the top resort in eastern North America by Ski magazine. Development has been particularly heavy in the resort town; the area gains back some of its charm in the summer with thinned-out traffic.
  • Ottawa (Ontario): In this family-friendly city, you and your kids can watch soldiers strut their stuff and red-coated Mounties polish their equestrian and musical skills. Canoeing or skating on the canal is lots of fun, and Ottawa boasts a host of lively museums to explore -- such as the Canada Aviation Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
  • The Muskoka Lakes (Ontario): This region is filled with resorts that welcome families. Kids can swim, canoe, bike, fish, and more. Because most resorts offer children's programs, parents can enjoy a rest, as well. And once you tell the small fries that Santa's Village is open year-round in the town of Bracebridge, you won't be able to keep them away.
  • Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resorts (British Columbia): Whistler and Blackcomb's twin ski resorts offer lots of family-oriented activities. You'll find everything from downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling lessons in winter to horseback riding, mountain biking, in-line skating, swimming, kayaking, and rafting summer trips designed for families with school-age children.
  • Travel the Klondike Gold Rush Route (The Yukon): Follow the Klondike Gold Rush, traveling from Skagway, Alaska, up and over White Pass, to the Yukon's capital, Whitehorse. Canoe through the once-daunting Miles Canyon on the mighty Yukon River. Drive to Dawson City and visit the gold fields, walk the boardwalks of the old town center, and listen to recitations of Robert Service poetry. Pan for gold and attend an old-fashioned musical revue at the opera house. Inexpensive public campgrounds abound in the Yukon, making this one of the more affordable family vacations in western Canada.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.