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No matter what your idea of fun, Ontario is ideal for family time. Our most famous destinations and touring routes are filled with kid-friendly experiences.
Toronto offers a treasure trove of attractions! The CN Tower is a "must do" for kids of all ages. Next door, the brand new Ripley's Aquarium features 13,500 exotic sea creatures and North America's longest underwater viewing tunnel. Test your skills at one of Canada's favourite sports at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Have hands-on fun at Ontario Science Centre and take a walk on the wild side at the Toronto Zoo. For adrenaline junkies, it's tough to top Canada's Wonderland, featuring North America's greatest variety of roller-coasters and a fantastic waterpark.
After the family has marveled at the thundering Niagara Falls from different vantage points, have some laughs on Clifton Hill, where entertaining attractions include a giant ferris wheel, wax museum, haunted house and mini golf course. At Marineland, kids will love the thrilling rides, wildlife and amazing aquatic shows. Consider a hotel with an indoor waterpark.
In Ottawa, kids will be having so much fun, they won't realize they're learning at the diverse collection of national museums and galleries. Just a short drive away is Calypso, Canada's largest waterpark with loads of waterslides and a huge wave pool. Or go white water rafting on the Ottawa River - family friendly tours are available. And don't forget to bite into a BeaverTail!
Ontario is brimming with cool historic things to do. Throughout the province, families can step back in time to life before video games. Learn about Aboriginal people and European settlers, see intricate drills at British forts and wander through pioneer villages - all brought to life by engaging costumed interpreters who invite kids to be part of the action.
Kids love fun. Kids love the outdoors. Put them together and you get one word: Ontario! With more rivers and lakes than you can imagine, lots of exciting trails to explore and plenty of provincial parks with educational programs, adventures across the province will amaze families. Whatever you choose, know that exploring the outdoors with the family can be as exciting as tree top trekking and zip lining or as leisurely as a walk through towering forests or along the shoreline of a sparkling lake.
OWL Rafting offer white-water rafting in their specialised family rafts along the Ottawa River. Their 1-day package comes complete with a professional guide, life-jackets and helmets, and a delicious BBQ meal during the return Pontoon Boat Cruise. Once back on dry land you can take your pick from a variety of family acitivies available on site including beach volley ball, and disc golf or hop back onto the water into a kayak or canoe.
Ontario's resorts are the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with the family. Park your car and sample outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Paddle a canoe - it's easy! For moms and dads who just want to relax while the kids play, you can't go wrong with resort hotels, which have dining, spas, golf, live entertainment and yes, even babysitting services. Cozy up by a campfire and roast some marshmallows when evening falls.
Don't forget your camera - memories are just waiting to be captured!