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10 things to do in Canada that are high on fun and low on price

All Canadians in favor of a vacation, say aye (eh! works too). Hands up if you have kids, not much money and have no idea where to go this summer. Okay, so that's just about everyone?

Canadian Travel AdventuresNo worries. GoGirlfriend has scoured the countryside and come up with 10 suggestions to get you out of the house and "somewhere else" for your much earned (and too short) vacation time. Each suggestion meets very specific criteria:

  • They're surrounded by nature-made wonders.
  • They're family-friendly.
  • They're within our budget - free (or nearly free).

Bay of Fundy: Where else can you see 100 billion tons of water heave into shore and 12 hours later exit with as much ferocity, leaving the ocean floor uncovered and ready to be explored? Be prepared for lots and lots of stairs - it's a long way down to the shore. Visit the Bay of Fundy for more info.

Prince Edward Island National ParkPrince Edward Island: Yup, we love the whole province. From Anne of Green Gables iconic mischievousness to Charlottetown's simple charm to rich, red roads that take you back to a simpler time. Park yourself at Prince Edward Island National Park and have fun exploring Canada's tiniest - and prettiest - province.

The Cabot Trail: The most scenic stretch is the 27-miles tract between Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, but you'll find whale watching, great lobster and camping on the bluffs throughout the entire 184 stretch. Bike or drive and enjoy centuries-old French Acadian and Scottish fishing villages, wooded valleys and bluff-top sea views. Visit Nova Scotia Tourism for more info.

Quebec City: Cobblestone streets lined with tiny boutiques and outdoor patios make Quebec City our Quebec Cityfavorite summer escape. If you're up for a little luxury on your trip, book yourself into the Chateau Frontenac and take the ghost tour - the almost-200-year-old hotel has more than her fair share of restless spirits floating around.

Algonquin Provincial Park: Loons floating across a misty lake, wolves howling at sunset and some of Canada's finest campsites - paradise in the wilderness. Think we're biased? It attracts visitors from as far away as Australia. Visit Algonquin Provincial Park to find out how you can be part of the wolf howl.

Niagara FallsNiagara Falls: You can't call yourself Canadian if you've never seen the falls. Sure, the shopping, hotels and casinos surrounding them (both in the US and Canada) are kitschy, but Niagara Falls will always be spellbinding. If you're up for a little adventure, book yourself a trip on the Maid of the Mist and see what most people miss - the underside of the falls.

Lake Louise: Banff is undeniably beautiful, but Lake Louise is the exclamation point you really come for. It sits at the base of the continental divide, in a basin left by moving glaciers. Fun in the summer, but storybook perfect in the winter. Visit Banff National Park to find out what you can do there - anytime of year.

Yoho National Park: The park takes its name from a Cathedral Mountain LodgeCree expression of awe and wonder. You'll find nature any way you like it here, but you'll also find a glorious lodge tucked in the center of it all: Cathedral Mountain Lodge. The name kind of says it all.

Stanley Park: Vancouver's true glory, Stanley Park is the third largest urban park in North America. Walk it, hike, ride it - just get out there and see it. We love that you can take it in small doses - exploring during the day and great dining and entertainment in Vancouver by night. Sweet.

Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: Canada may be a salad bowl of multiculturalism but nowhere will you see it more celebrated than in Vancouver. Sun Yat-Sen is a re-creation of a 14th century Ming garden filled with horticultural and man-made treasures. There tours are a great way to give your kids some perspective. Visit Sun Yat-Sen for more info. 

This land is your land ... what are your favorite parts of Canada? Add a comment below and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter .

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Thanks for posting the info about the tides, Bay of Fundy Girl. Great advice!

Hey - great website. I live here on the Bay of Fundy and I thought you might like to know though that the time between high tide and low tide is actually 6 hr 13 min not 12 hours. 12 hours 26 min in the time from high tide to the next high tide (or low tide to the next low tide). The 'walking on the ocean floor' bit at low tide would be 4 to 6 hrs after the high tide time. Also the tide times move ahead every day by about 1 hr so if high tide was yesterday at noon, it would be today around 1 pm. Always good to check the high & low tide times for the community in Fundy that you want to visit. have funnnnn!

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