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Canadian Summertime Festivals, Family Attractions and Beaches


June: Winnipeg Children’s Festival, the country’s largest
July: Calgary Stampede, Calgary, “The Greatest Show on Earth”
August: Klondike Days, Edmonton, celebrating the 1890s Gold Rush
July: Quebec City Summer Festival, Quebec City, with hundreds of musical performances all for $8, less for kids
June: Yukon International Storytelling Festival, Whitehorse, storytellers from around the world
August: Shediac Lobster Festival, Shediac, New Brunswick, family events on a beautiful beach
Halifax International Busker Festival, Halifax, zany entertainment
July 1: Oh Canada, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada’s biggest birthday bash
July: Toronto Street Festival, Yonge St., Toronto, largest in the world with more than 1200 performers and 700 activities
July: Just for Laughs, Montreal, offers a kids’ humour festival alongside
Gold Rush Days, Yukon

TOP TEN FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre
UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Museum of Man and Nature, Winnipeg
Metro Toronto Zoo
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Science North, Sudbury
Biodome and Insectarium, Montreal
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

TOP TEN SANDY EXPERIENCES
Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Vancouver Island, 11 km curve of sand backed by the Pacific rain forest
Lake Athabaska, Alberta, NA’s largest sand dunes
Spirit Sands, Manitoba
Lake Huron shore, Ontario, white, sandy and safe
Wasaga Beach, Georgian Bay, Ontario, largest freshwater beach in the world
Sand dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park, Picton
Grand Beach Provincial Park, Lake Winnipeg, powdery white sand among the best in North America
Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Gulf of St. Lawrence, 300 km of beaches and an August sand castle contest
Irving Eco-Centre, La Dune de Bouctouche, white dunes that stretch across Bouctouche Bay, the warmest saltwater north of Virginia
Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park, PEI, huge parabolic sand dunes
and hikes
Cavendish Beach, PEI, the quintessential dune-lined family beach

 

 

 

 

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