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Created at August 09, 2020

Places to take parents visiting from back home

From coast to coast, the country is home to vibrant and culturally rich cities, along with incredible natural wonders. It's home to a dynamic mix of tourist attractions, from museums and galleries to the world famous CN Tower and, just offshore, Toronto Islands. And just a short drive away is Niagara Falls. For a complete look at how to spend your time, see our list of places to visit with parents visiting Canada from back home.

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Toronto Islands
Toronto Islands
4.8
(5)
Toronto Islands, Ontario
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Toronto Island beaches are great in the summer. With a blue sky and a sandy beach, it's hard to believe you're only 15 minutes from downtown Toronto. Dogs, picnic tables and BBQs aren't permitted on the beaches. Toronto Island consist of 3 beaches: Hanlan's Point Beach: Located across the public tennis courts on the west shore of Hanlan's Point, approximately ten minutes walk away from the Hanlan's Point ferry docks. Centre Island Beach: This beach is by the changing rooms and lockers, near the pier. There's a fast food outlet nearby, lockers, bike rental, beautiful gardens, picnic areas, and plenty of room to sunbathe. Ward's Island Beach: The Ward's Island beach is a 5 minute walk from the Ward's Island ferry docks at the east end of the boardawalk. How to reach: 1) Take ferry: $8.19 per person (Return) - Can be booked online 2) Take water taxi: $10:00 per person (Quicker than ferry)
Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo
4.8
(5)
2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto
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Good place for kid
Kitsilano Beach
Kitsilano Beach
4.8
(5)
Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver
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Great to spent evening with friends by the beach or just a walk/cycle.
Nathan Phillips Square
Nathan Phillips Square
4.8
(4)
100 Queen St W, Toronto
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K
You can’t get more central than this European-style holiday market and fair at Nathan Phillips Square. Now in its third year, the Holiday Fair in the Square builds on its central skating rink with artisan crafts, gourmet snacks, a Holly Jolly Midway as well as festive drinks at the ice bar
English Bay
English Bay
4.8
(4)
English Bay, British Columbia
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Beautiful sunsets
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
4.8
(4)
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver
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Suspended bridge and tree walk
Calgary Stampede
Calgary Stampede
4.8
(4)
1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
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S
Events include a big parade, rodeo competitions, thrilling chuck wagon races, an authentic First Nations village, concerts and stage shows, a fun fair, pancake breakfasts, as well as agricultural shows.
Rogers Centre
Rogers Centre
4.7
(3)
1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
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K
Excellent play area, nice walking space.
Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum
4.7
(3)
100 Queens Park, Toronto
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S
The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada and it so effortlessly balances displays of fine art, dinosaur fossils and exhibitions of world culture. This fascinating venue isn’t just marvellous to look at, it’s also huge. Hosting up to 2,000 people, the ROM is well-equipped to handle the wedding of your dreams.
Graffiti Alley
Graffiti Alley
4.7
(3)
Graffiti Alley, Toronto
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G
This is where he filmed his controversial news rants. Even if you have never seen this show, this is an incredible area that seems to go on forever.
Granville Island
Granville Island
4.7
(3)
Granville Island, Vancouver
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S
The Granville Island Public Market is one of the most popular attractions selling fruit and vegetables, seafood, and a great variety of other specialties as well as ready-to-eat items.
Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain
4.7
(3)
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
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S
A gondola operates daily running from street level to the summit, where dining, activities, and wildlife await mountaintop explorers year-round.
Calgary Tower
Calgary Tower
4.7
(3)
101 9 Ave SW, Calgary
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S
At the top of the Calgary Tower, a viewing platform with a glass floor and revolving restaurantenables sightseers to enjoy the thrilling sensation of being 191 meters above the city in one of its landmark buildings.
Prince's Island Park
Prince's Island Park
4.7
(3)
698 Eau Claire Ave SW, Calgary
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G
Natural oasis near downtown Calgary. Large open green spaces with multiple paths through the natural, peaceful setting along the river. Multiple, easy access points with nearby street parking. Interesting, unique Peace Bridge nearby. Restaurant with outdoor patio.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
4.5
(2)
288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
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G
The most impressive feature is the huge underwater tunnel with a moving sidewalk.
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario
4.5
(2)
317 Dundas St W, Toronto
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G
European masterpieces to contemporary art, but also holds an impressive collection of Canadian Art, including a vast collection of works by the Group of Seven. A series of temporary exhibitions are mounted throughout the year.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises
Hornblower Niagara Cruises
4.5
(2)
5920 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls
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G
A tour to Niagara Falls from Toronto is an easy way to see the falls if you don't want to drive yourself. Tours offer hotel pickup and drop-off and include a Hornblower Niagara Cruise, which takes you up close to the wall of water tumbling that is the main Horseshoe Falls.
Entertainment District
Entertainment District
4.5
(2)
Entertainment District, Toronto
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G
You'll also find a full range of dining options and places for socializing, as well as hotels. The main center of activity in the Entertainment District is along King Street.
Casa Loma
Casa Loma
4.5
(2)
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto
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G
Standing in beautifully kept grounds, Casa Loma is an extraordinary building somewhat reminiscent of a medieval castle.
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market
4.5
(2)
93 Front St E, Toronto
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G
The building provides a unique atmosphere for the market and is also occasionally used for film and television shoots. The interior features a grand staircase and a gas-lit chandelier.
High Park Zoo
High Park Zoo
4.5
(2)
Toronto, ON M6R
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G
High Park is a huge green space with sunken gardens, hanging basket gardens, nature trails, natural ponds, and streams. Other things to do and areas of interest in the the park include swimming and wading pools, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a scenic train tour.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame
4.5
(2)
30 Yonge St, Toronto
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G
This is the place to learn about the all-time hockey greats: the players, the teams, and the games. It also offers a chance to see the Stanley Cup, along with a collection of important memorabilia, and an interactive display allows you to test your own hockey skills.
CN Tower
CN Tower
4.5
(2)
290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
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G
Towering above the downtown, this Canadian icon can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. You have the option of simply appreciating the building from the ground, or taking a trip up to one of the observation areas or restaurants for fabulous views over the city and Lake Ontario.
Stanley Park
Stanley Park
4.5
(2)
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
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S
The park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in the city.
Museum of Anthropology
Museum of Anthropology
4.5
(2)
6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver
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S
Exhibits display native art, including large totem poles in the Great Hall. Other presentations explore ethnographic and archaeological objects representing Asia, the South Pacific, the Americas, Africa, and Europe.
Gastown
Gastown
4.5
(2)
Gastown, Vancouver
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S
Gastown is an area of restaurants, galleries, and shops set in carefully restored Victorian buildings. Heritage structures, cobblestone streets, and iron lampposts give the district its distinctive atmosphere. Gastown is a short walk from Canada Place.
Canada Place
Canada Place
4.5
(2)
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver
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S
The unusual roof design creates the impression of a huge sailing vessel. The architecturally remarkable structure is part cruise ship terminal, part convention center and hotel, and part hub for sightseeing bus tours.
Chinatown
Chinatown
4.5
(2)
Chinatown, Toronto
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S
Beyond the ornate Millennium Gate marking its entrance, Vancouver's exotic and interesting Chinatown features modern buildings amid many older ones dating from Victorian times.
Museum of Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver
4.5
(2)
1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
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S
It covers the city history from the first Coast Salish communities to Japantown, Kitsilano hippie days, and urban development.
Science World
Science World
4.5
(2)
1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
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S
Themes include water, air, motion, and invention. One of the highlights is catching a show on the five-story-high OMNIMAX screen, the world's largest domed screen.  Visiting exhibits are often impressive and part of world tours.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden
4.5
(2)
5251 Oak St, Vancouver
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S
The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to escape into a beautiful, nature-filled outdoor paradise and go for a relaxing stroll through the gorgeous variety of plants and lush greenery. The 55-acre garden has a wide range of plant species from different ecosystems and areas around the world.
Downtown Vancouver
Downtown Vancouver
4.5
(2)
Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
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S
The atmosphere was so relaxed and peaceful. If you are a plant lover and are looking to experience some amazing natural beauty, Worthwhile!
Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium
4.5
(2)
845 Avison Way, Vancouver
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S
Great whale shows, excellent aquariums in side to view local and tropical sea life, they also have a Amazon jungle area with monkeys and other exotic animals, this is a perfect place for kids or even taking a date too. You will also enjoy going solo.
Mount Royal
Mount Royal
4.5
(2)
Mount Royal, Montreal
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G
A stroll through this lovely park enables the visitor to see monuments to Jacques Cartier and King George VI, to spend some time by Lac-aux-Castors, and to have a look at the cemeteries on the western slope where the city's different ethnic groups have rested in peace together for centuries.
Old Port of Montreal
Old Port of Montreal
4.5
(2)
333 Rue de la Commune O, Montréal
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G
Its many historic sites, streets, and landmarks are best explored on foot. Of the many things to do here, the highlights are visiting the Pointe-à-Callière museum of archaeology and history, the twin-towered Notre-Dame Basilica, the quays of the revitalized Old Port, and the open-air gathering space of Place Jacques-Cartier.
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
4.5
(2)
110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
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G
This 190-year-old basilica takes over the skyline of a historic district of Old Montreal and is exuding with photo opportunities, both inside and out.
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
4.5
(2)
3800 Chemin Queen Mary, Montréal
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G
It is the largest church in Canada and claims to have one of the world’s largest domes. Along with spectacular views of the city at the oratory’s top standing, the spot is covered in gorgeous colours, trees, and flowers – all in bloom during springtime.
Parc Jean-Drapeau
Parc Jean-Drapeau
4.5
(2)
1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal
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G
The building is designed in the shape of a sphere and is the largest such structure in the world.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
4.5
(2)
1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
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G
Its outstanding collections of World Cultures and Mediterranean Archaeology total nearly 10,000 objects, and there are excellent collections of African, Asian, and Islamic art, as well as art from North and South America. The more than 1,400 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints include masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Younger, Canaletto, El Greco, Gainsborough, Goya, Mantegna, Poussin, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, and Veronese, and are particularly strong in art works of the Dutch Golden Age.
Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History
Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History
4.5
(2)
350 Place Royale, Montréal
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G
a striking modern building housing a museum of archaeology and history.
Place des Arts
Place des Arts
4.5
(2)
Montreal, QC H2X 1Y9
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G
The Place des Arts is an entire complex dedicated to visual and performing arts, the largest of its kind in all Canada.
Atwater Market
Atwater Market
4.5
(2)
138 Avenue Atwater, Montréal
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G
The market features both indoor and outdoor vendors from a vast variety of local options: meat, bread, cheese, fruit, vegetables, flowers, candy, pizza, and ice cream.
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
4.5
(2)
1085 Rue de la Cathédrale, Montréal
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G
A series of nine paintings, seven of which are by Georges Delfosse, retell Montréal's tumultuous history.
McCord Museum
McCord Museum
4.5
(2)
690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
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G
More than a thousand pieces of furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, and items related to food and household uses, as well as toys, sports equipment, and folk art lend color and domestic detail to the picture of early Canadian life. Artifacts and arts of the First Nations peoples include clothing and accessories, hunting and fishing equipment, weapons of war, domestic implements, ceremonial items, and art, as well as archaeological finds from early aboriginal cultures.
R. Saint-Denis & R. du Square-Saint-Louis
R. Saint-Denis & R. du Square-Saint-Louis
4.5
(2)
R. Saint-Denis & R. du Square-Saint-Louis, Montréal
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G
In the little streets around the tree-shaded square, there are still a few attractive Victorian houses. Some now house pleasant restaurants. At the square's eastern edge and running parallel to St. Laurent, Rue St. Denis is one of the hippest shopping, arts, and dining streets in Montréal.
Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Lachine Canal National Historic Site
4.5
(2)
711 Boulevard Saint-Joseph Est, Montréal
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G
A bike path borders its entire length, through an open green space, and you can also cruise the canal by boat.
Biodome
Biodome
4.5
(2)
4777 Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal
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G
The Biodome is a Space of Life in Montreal which recreates five ecosystems of the Americas.
Château Ramezay - Musée et site historique de Montréal
Château Ramezay - Musée et site historique de Montréal
4.5
(2)
280 Rue Notre-Dame Est, Montréal
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G
Quebec’s oldest private history museum is Old Montreal’s Château Ramezay, which is set in the 1705 residence of a former governor of New France. The exhibits housed in the grand old mansion allow visitors to explore five centuries of history, centring on Montreal and the surrounding region. There’s also a beautiful French colonial style garden to stroll around.
Discover Banff Tours
Discover Banff Tours
4.5
(2)
215 Banff Ave, Banff
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S
It's a great place to explore either before or after touring the park, and features plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.
Calgary Zoo
Calgary Zoo
4.5
(2)
210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary
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S
Spring is always a fun time to visit due to the arrival of newborn animals (check the zoo's website for news and details).  Popular must-see sections include the Land of Lemurs; Destination Africa; and the Canadian Wilds, where you'll enjoy up-close views of fascinating creatures, including grizzly bears and the newest arrivals, a pair of pandas.