Family Road Trips: Culture Stops

ActiveParents is here to help fill your summer vacation with fun. We are putting together ideas for day trips to keep the whole family entertained. We’ll cover local and short distance jaunts, and we hope you’ll suggest some fun stops, too!

This week we bring you destinations guaranteed to tickle the old grey matter. Culture stops that are sure to entertain – and maybe even teach a few new facts!


Casa Loma – Growing up in Toronto means Casa Loma is a field trip you probably went on with your class. Toted as Canada’s Castle, and over 90 rooms to tour, your knights and princesses are sure to be enchanted.

Dundurn Castle – Not to be outdone by anyone, Dundurn Castle offers guided tours and a glimpse back to the 1800’s and a lifestyle we can only imagine.

Floral Clock – The floral design is changed twice a year, and needs over 16,000 plants to fill the clock face! Free of charge, and another great spot of a picnic!

Hamilton Children’s Museum – Bring the kids to stretch their imagination as they touch, build and experiment in a child-focused environment. Home to interactive, hands-on galleries, the museum encourages learning through self-directed play.

Grande Hermine – Did you know that the abandoned “pirate ship” along the QEW is called the Grande Hermine? (I didn’t until my kids asked me to look it up.) Pack a lunch and comfortable shoes and learn all about her colourful past! And of course, create your own stories about how she got to her current resting spot.

HMCS Haida – We visited this naval destroyer earlier this spring and the whole family loved it. It’s almost entirely accessible and very well maintained. My kids loved seeing how their grandfathers may have experienced some of their youth, and with a detailed, numbered map, you’ll learn so much and have fun while doing it!

Port Credit Buskerfest – Kids will be awestruck at jugglers, gymnasts, musicians, daredevils, and more during this three-day event.

St. Jacob’s Market – Canada’s largest year-round market is a wonderland for the scenes. Fresh produce, baked goods, and preserves are only the beginning. How about Darryl Sittler, the kissing bridge, and the Mennonite history?

Stratford Festival – One of the many shows currently running is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – a perfect way to experience C.S. Lewis’s classic tale.

Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow and Traditional Gathering – celebrate a traditional culture with drumming, dancing, arts & crafts, food vendors, native plant garden and exhibits!

Toronto Buskerfest – Toronto boasts over 100 buskers at this year’s festival in support of epilepsy, and with the venue moved to Woodbine Beach you’re sure to have a great view no matter where your eyes look.


Were any of these stops on your radar already? Or have you been before and have some tips for future visitors? Share your feedback in the comments!



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