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Summer vacation destinations for families

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Take that summer vacation

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The great natural beauty of Canada sets the scene for perfect summer destinations. Families can find adventure or just relax and take in the sites, with both urban and wilderness areas to explore and a menu of activities that celebrate the culture. Check out some of the beautiful destinations we suggest and let us know how it turned out!

Enjoy a family vacation this summer!

1Water-filled vacations

With 100,000 lakes, Manitoba is an ideal spot for fresh-water fishing, as well as beachcombing, sailing and board sailing, kayaking and viewing wildlife. Many of Canada's 500 species of birds are attracted to the areas lakes and marshes, so bird-watching is exceptional, and you're also likely to see moose, elk, wolves, fox, beavers and more.

Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, Canada, is the home of a waterpark with free games and activities for children in a 37-acre area. Check out the Kid's Market for unique educational toys that are handcrafted locally, or take in one of the shows, performances or a festival. There's something interesting happening daily.

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2Take the family hiking

Located on the southwest coast of Canada just beyond the US border, Burnaby features natural trails for hiking and biking, picnic facilities and Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel… an authentic turn-of-the-century town whose centerpiece is a flawlessly restored 1912 vintage carousel. The city also boasts beautiful freshwater lakes, an ocean beach and mountain landscapes just waiting to be explored.

There are hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails in Canada's eastern townships near the border of Maine. It's an area with a multitude of adventure packages available for those interested in trying exciting outdoor activities, including sailing and parachute jumping.

3Get active

Rugged and breathtaking Alberta is a perfect destination for adventurous families, with outdoor activities from mountain climbing to whitewater rafting set against a spectacular scenic backdrop. Edmonton hosts the Klondike Days Exposition, one of Canada's biggest fairs, as well as the Heritage Festival: over 65 world cultures joining together with food, music, dance, sports and arts and crafts in a one-of-a-kind celebration.

The Calgary Stampede is an iconic rodeo every member of the family will enjoy, and the city also boasts the world-famous Banff Arts Festival and the Calgary Folk Festival. The old-world elegance of the Banff Springs Resort offers golf, tennis, hiking, riding, biking, swimming and a magnificent panoramic view from the ski area gondola. It's just a short trip to other gorgeous must-see wonders like Lake Louise. This region appeals for the perfect blend of relaxation and family-oriented activities.

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A Canadian summer vacation offers endless choices and economical travel opportunity with a common theme of unforgettable natural beauty. Streams, lakes, ocean and rivers merge with majestic mountains, forests and rolling prairie farmlands. There's the bustle of cities teaming with fairs, festivals and family-friendly venues, as well as every imaginable outdoor adventure and sport. Design your dream vacation to a Canadian destination and let the summer fun begin!

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