Both the New York Times and Lonely Planet named Canada as the top destination for 2017. It’s fitting that the new book 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit outlines why you should Canada this year. It also whets the appetite for future visits.
25 Places is authored by fellow Canadian travel writer and blogger Jody Robbins. It’s a great resource for planning a fun-filled family vacation with kids of all ages. Robbins lays out 25 of the top destinations for families, and provides detailed information on the most enjoyable activities, sites and attractions.
25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit
From coast to coast, 25 Places covers some of the loveliest and most quintessential destinations that every Canadian – and tourist – should visit during their lifetime. Some highlights:
- In Victoria, take to the water and spot a whale or two, check out Butchart Gardens and other glorious green spaces, and enjoy high tea in Oak Bay.
- Visit Blue Mountain on the Niagara Escarpment any time of year to take advantage of their outdoor family playground. Try the Apex Bagjump, a mountain-top Segway tour, or the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster.
- Celebrate winter with Bonhomme in Quebec City. Take the tots to an outdoor nature spa and morph into a fairytale character inside the Museum of Civilization.
I was delighted to see many of our own family favorites included – Parksville, Vancouver, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Toronto, Blue Mountain, and Quebec City.
Though we’ve visited much of our vast country, the book highlighted so many more wonderful destinations that remain on our Canadian bucket list. Like seeing the Northern Lights in the Yukon, the Viking Trail and Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, or Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia.
Sure, these may be the ‘usual suspects’ of Canada’s tourism repertoire, but they are fabulous and popular for good reason. The benefit of 25 Places is that Robbins highlights so many other great things to see, do and eat near such designation hot spots. The comprehensive nature of the guidebook make’s it valuable to readers.
I appreciated the emphasis on experiencing outdoor fun and adventure as a family. Too many families don’t spend enough time outdoors, enjoying the free and easy fun of beach days, parks and nature walks. There are so many fabulous hikes, dinosaur digs, and tide-pool discoveries out there. Canada is a family travellers dream destination.
A unique section of the book details how to get excited about your trip. Robbins suggests relevant books and movies that inform about the intended destination. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to read Halifax Explodes! to learn about the 1917 Halifax explosion?
We’re big on trip planning and doing research ahead of time. It is a proven fact that advanced trip planning makes you happy and anticipate a trip more. It also serves to involve everyone in the family. You can read trip-related books, or watch documentaries and films that highlight your destination or activity. The travel tips section toward the back of the book offers handy tips for surviving road trips, packing, saving money, sharing tight spaces, and where to rent baby and kid gear on the road.
25 Places is beautifully produced, with colour photographs throughout. It will offer trip inspiration that will get the whole family excited about holiday planing in every season.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book for purposes of review. As always, all opinions are honest and my own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.