Friday, June 16, 2017

25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit (Book Review with GIVEAWAY)

With summer around the corner, I'm always looking for travel books that I can leave in the trailer for quiet afternoons at camp, or that I can browse through while driving between destinations on our road trips (as a passenger of course!)

Get out and Explore Canada! Photo: Dinosaur Provincial Park - one of the 25 places to visit with your family

While I enjoy a good fiction book to read on a summer vacation, I also look for lighter reading that I can enjoy for 20 minutes at a time here and there (and where I won't be completely lost if I don't pick the book up again for another week or two.)

This summer, my travel book of choice is Jody Robbins' new "25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit," just published and available at book stores across the country. Jody is a Calgary based mom and author with years of travel experience under her belt. (She's actually visited over 50 different countries.)

While there are many great travel books out there, Jody's book should be number one on your list this year as we celebrate our country's 150th birthday. There's no better time to read up on traveling across Canada, and to add a new destination to your family's summer calendar.



What to Expect from "25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit" 

Chapters divided up by specific region or area for quick research when planning a vacation. This way you can choose to focus on the chapters that will address upcoming trips, or read about areas that hold a specific interest for your family.

Travel tips at the back of the book addressing topics from how to survive a road trip to money-saving tips, or even how to make camping easy.

A great resources section that includes information on tourism boards across the country, tour operators (broken up by province,) suggestions for where to rent baby equipment across the country, and even some handy apps to help you in your travels.

Colorful photos for every region and destination

Photos that draw you in and make you want to travel across Canada (photo: Parks Canada and Paul Zizka Photography)

Recommended places to eat, stay and visit for each region (with recommendations for campgrounds, hotels, and resorts - something for every budget)

Fun facts for each destination

Books recommendations for family reading before visiting your chosen region to get the kids excited about the trip

A variety of activities and sports for each area to suit all styles of travel and energy. Go for a hike, take a guided tour, head out on the water, or just chill at a local park. There's also a good blend of nature-based activities, urban jaunts, and thrills for the adventure seeking family

A good assortment of "popular attractions" and off the beaten path suggestions for the more adventurous

Suggestions for how to get around at each destination

Suggestions that cover all four seasons in Canada from the ski hill to the beach

Sunshine Meadows, Banff -  one of the 25 places in Canada every Family Should visit

10 Places I Added to My Family's Travel List after Reading this Book


  1. The Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver - I didn't know they had a treetop adventure park with hanging bridges!

  2. The Sea to Sky Gondola, Vancouver - They have a Via Ferrata that takes 8 year olds!!!

  3. The Forks, Winnipeg - Going to Winnipeg! - Seriously, the playground is one of the best in Canada and is huge!

  4. The Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg - I want to see polar bears swim over my head! The outside park also looks amazing (another fabulous playground!)

  5. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto - I love aquariums and this is Canada's largest indoor one

  6. The Toronto Zoo, Toronto - Yes, I like zoos, but this one also has a big splash park with small water slides and animal figures in it. How awesome is that for kids?!

  7. Canada's Wonderland, Toronto - Do I want to ride Canada's longest wooden roller coaster? Um, heck ya!

  8. Niagara Falls, Ontario - I've always wanted to go and now Jody has me wanting to do the "journey behind the falls" tour.

  9. Blue Mountain Resort, Niagara Region - Ropes courses, a zip line, a mountain coaster, and a bag jump free fall - FUN!

  10. The Rideau Canal, Ottawa - I read in Jody's book that on Sundays throughout the summer season you can bike along the Rideau Canal and other scenic roadways - without traffic! They close the roads! Sign us up for this one!

And that's only BC through Ontario! There are many more places yet that I'd like to visit with my family on the east coast or in northern Canada.

Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
On our List now! Treetops Adventure at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (Photo: Tourism Vancouver)

Overall Review

Great summer reading, light and easy to pick up when you have a free minute here or there. Read the chapters that most interest you and keep the book on hand as a reference book. This is not a "borrow from the library" kind of book. You'll want to own it so that you have it in your collection for future planning.

For more information or to order a copy of Jody's book, visit her website at Travels with Baggage.

Enter to Win a Copy of "25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit"

Enter below to win your own copy of this great book. Contest is open until June 23rd. A winner will be contacted by the 24th. If I don't hear from the winner I will choose a new winner on the 26th.

The contest is open to all Canadian residents and includes free shipping (within Canada.)

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Thanks Jody for providing me with a copy of the book to review. All words and opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this review.


  1. I grew up on the West Coast and my kids are growing up in Alberta. Although they've certainly been to the coast, I haven't managed to take them to Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands or Desolation Sound yet; they're high on my family bucket list!

  2. Sounds like a fun book that's great for travel inspiration.

  3. Oh, where would I like to visit in Canada? Hmmm so many places just here in BC and Alberta, but I would like to visit the maritimes :-)

  4. We would love to go to Eastern Canada (PEI, Nova Scotia etc. ... Gros Morne National Park is on my bucket list 😆)

  5. Love to visit PEI. This is on my list to buy, but would be great to win a copy!

  6. This country of ours is so amazing! I would love to find more great places to visit in Canada!

  7. Oh dear, I've been only to two of the list... lol

  8. Would love to travel with our kids - especially PEI!

  9. I would love to visit any of the territories with my family.

  10. This looks like a great book. I have been fortunate to have had the chance to check out almost all of your bucket list shared on this post. Would love to get to Churchill Manitoba with the kids to see the polar bears and also to see the territories and Newfoundland as they are the only provinces/territories I have yet to visit or live in.