The ultimate guide to planning a family-friendly trip in Canada

The ultimate guide to planning a family-friendly trip in Canada

Making your plans

Canada remains one of the most popular destinations for solo travellers and families alike. It’s little wonder, too – with Canada’s mix of exquisite scenery, fascinating history, and reputation for polite and welcoming people, making Canada your next travel destination could become a priority. But what should you consider before getting started on your family holiday to Canada? 

Choosing destinations your children will love

The first thing to do of course is to choose where you want to go! Whether you favour the bustling metropolis of Vancouver or Toronto, or the more remote joys of somewhere like Saskatoon or London, Ontario. What would you like to be doing with your children? Are you looking to be able to relax with them in cosy comfort? Or do you want to give them the adventurous holiday of a lifetime?

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Getting your documents in order

Something else to consider is the documentation you’ll need. It’s always best to get this process underway sooner rather than later, because you never know if there will be delays in processing that could affect your travel time. For example if you want to make sure you get your eTA Canada visa, you should start investigating a specialist website as soon as possible. 

Planning for your child’s needs

As always, it’s best to plan your travelling needs well in advance. Think about the requirements your children will have for their travelling and for their stay. For example if your child has diabetes there are some key things you should know to make travelling easier for you and for them. Think about keeping them entertained on the journey – there’s plenty to do at your destination, but some choice snacks, toys, games, or stories can help ensure your children enjoy the journey just as much. 

Keep safety your focus at all times

Though a holiday with your children is for enjoyment, of course you’ll never want to let your guard down with them – especially when travelling to unfamiliar areas. 

Always keep them close if you’re in crowded areas or exploring remote terrain. Keep your eyes on them, and ensure they understand what to do in unlikely event they get lost (i.e. make sure they have a contact number for you and know how to use their phone properly). A basic first aid kit tucked away in your backpack can also make sure you’re prepared for most eventualities, as accidents can always happen. 


Canada is a wonderful destination for a family-friendly trip with children. With its beautiful landscapes, rich history, and diverse culture, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can ensure that your trip is stress-free, safe, and enjoyable for all members of the family. From choosing the right destination to packing the essentials and planning activities that cater to children’s interests, careful planning and preparation will go a long way in making your family vacation in Canada a memorable one. So, pack your bags and get ready to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones in the Great White North!

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.

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