Traveling as a family presents the challenge of finding accommodations that welcome, or preferably, cater to children. Below are five family-friendly hotel options in Canada that are so awesome, they might be considered as a destination in and of themselves!
Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls
A reasonable drive from Toronto, Great Wolf Lodge is a child’s dream hotel. Boasting a huge indoor waterpark, and rustic suites designed especially with kids in mind, such as the Wolf Den Suite, the Majestic Bear Suite, KidKabin Suites and KidKamp Suites, parents cannot go wrong with this choice. Outside of the waterpark, there are special events everyday for the kids including Forest Friend characters to meet, shows, story-time, and a club with crafts and fun!
3950 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M8. 905-354-4888
Delta Chelsea Inn – Toronto
Known for being family-friendly, the Delta Chelsea Inn offers up a range of services geared to kids. Free stays for children under seventeen with an adult, a kid’s menu (six and under eat free), and a ‘Kids’ Essentials’ pack on check-in for ages seven and under, are among the perks available. The hotel has a kids club which provides crafts and video games, babysitting during theater hours, a teen lounge called ‘Club 33’, a camp style drop-in with counselors, and two great indoor pools, one with a corkscrew waterslide!
33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4. 416-595-1975
Ice Hotel, Quebec
For a totally unique family experience, visit the Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glace) in Quebec! The hotel is rebuilt in its entirety each year, and is open from January through April. Features include the exhibit room, an ice bar, themed suites, an ice slide, and filmmaking onsite! It’s fantastic to visit during the annual Nordic Arts and Lights Festival too!
75 Montée de l’Auberge, Québec, QC G3N 2Y5. 418-875-4522
Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall
The Fantasyland Hotel is an ideal destination for families. It offers kids’ menus, and bunk beds for the kids in themed suites including: African, Canadian rail, western, igloo, and truck! Since the accommodations are in the center of an entertainment complex, there are endless things to do. Some of the activities are: Galaxyland Amusement Park, World Waterpark, Professor Wem’s Miniature Golf, Sea Life Caverns, Ice Palace skating rink, movie theatres, and arcades.
17700-87 Ave., Edmonton, ALTA, T5T 4V4. 780-444-3000
For those traveling with children, Granville Island Hotel offers a place to stay with many exciting options for fun within walking distance. There are bike rentals for kids, and it’s just a stone’s throw to the Kids’ Market, which has an indoor playground and activities for children. Nature trails, kayaking, and ferry rides are available, or just walk and take in the art and entertainment as you go!
1253 Johnston St., Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9. 604-683-7373