Family-Friendly Hotels

These spots in Ontario, New Brunswick and B.C. are great for all ages

The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountains, Ont.

Everyone in the family will feel welcome at this terrific resort, which is nestled invitingly against the Niagara Escarpment. Not only are kids greeted with complimentary Family Journals and Activity Agendas upon check-in, the hotel’s Toddler Area has a LEGO wall, play fort and toys. Even better, there’s an indoor waterpark—called Plunge! Aquatic Centre—connected to the property.

Kitchenettes or full kitchens are found in every room at this pet-friendly spot, but, if you have the opportunity for upscale family dining at Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill, you’ll want to take it. 

Stroll along the boardwalk to the pedestrian village, with its abundance of inviting shops and restaurants, and then settle into an enormous Muskoka chair and watch tiny frogs hippity hop between gleeful children. Rates from $225. 

The Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews by-the-Sea, N.B.

Recently restored to its original splendour, this seaside resort has been a favourite among Canadian and American guests since opening in 1889. Guest room decor gets the royal treatment here, with elegant headboards, wingback chairs and monogrammed pillowcases. 

Despite the interior and exterior grandeur of this Tudor-esque castle, the property is family-friendly thanks to its three-storey indoor waterslide, seasonal outdoor pool and a 24-hour sundry shop. Golfers will want to hit the links at the Algonquin’s award-winning, oceanfront 18-hole course (and perhaps spend time at the 19th hole, Canada’s oldest clubhouse). Just be sure to budget time to explore St. Andrews by-the-Sea, an impossibly charming Maritime town featuring fine heritage homes and beautiful gardens. Rates from $229.  

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Parksville, B.C.

Nestled within an old-growth forest on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island, this 22-acre seaside resort emits a classic summertime vibe. Rooms range from lovely, handcrafted log cabins to well-appointed lodge quarters. The tide recedes up to a kilometre from the shore, encouraging long walks across the wave-rippled sand. 

With its atmospheric mineral pool and West Coast-inspired treatments, the on-site Grotto Spa is something special, and the Treetop Tapas & Grill serves spa guests exclusively. For those who want to dine sans spa, Cedars Restaurant & Lounge dishes out contemporary seasonal cuisine. The recreation options, meanwhile, include a complimentary kid’s club and teen programs, ensuring everyone in your travelling party is well taken care of. Rates from $187.