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Family Fun Ideas on a Budget

The kids are out of school and it is now the time to embark on family adventures across the country. From day trips to camping, road trips and beyond, there are numerous ways to enjoy this summer season without breaking the bank! Here are some ideas for family friendly summer trips that will create a memorable summer and help your family save for more seasonal activities.

1. Discover local beaches

Canada is blessed with incredible beaches whether it is the East or the West Coast or the shores of a pristine lake. However, we have just a few months to enjoy it. Most parents will agree that kids never tire of playing with the sand building castles or burying friends in the sand. A trip to the beach can cost as little as your gas to get there and a picnic lunch.

Sandbanks Provincial Park is popular with travelers from southern Ontario. This park combines two great pastimes – camping and beach lounging. It offers shallow waters for swimming and four different campgrounds with shower, washroom, and laundry facilities.

Vancouver Island is another great example of a family road trip destination that offers infinite possibilities for many outdoor adventures on the ocean, rivers, in its rain forests, and quaint towns.

2. Camp-out close to home

You don’t need to take a long trip to give your kids the experience of sleeping in a tent – you can pitch it in your own backyard! You might also be able to toast marshmallow, just make sure to check permits for open fires, or use the oven in the end. It is a popular summertime activity for children sleepovers. Just make sure to arm your kids with flashlights and bug spray for the night.

3. Visit a splash park

If there is no ocean or a lake nearby, search for a splash pad in your area. Splash pads are often added to parks where wading pools used to be. They are safer and more accessible than pools and no lifeguards are required. These playgrounds are perfect for cooling off on hot summer days.

4. Go bowling

Bowling can be ideal for birthday parties and taking a break from the hot or rainy weather. If you visit KidsBowlFree.com, you will find bowling locations nationwide where children bowl for free every day. You receive two free games daily by registering your kids all summer long!

5. Take a hike

Just about anywhere in Canada you can find gorgeous trails to explore within a short drive. Have a look at canadatrails.ca for ideas on where to go. Hikes are incredibly educational and you all get exercise. Bring along binoculars to watch birds and animals and a magnifying glass to explore insects and plants. There are places for exploration all over Canada and here are some examples. Churchill, Manitoba is a popular destination for beluga watching during the summer months. Snorkeling and kayaking excursions are also very popular in the region during the summer. Algonquin Provincial Park in northern Ontario is one of the most favorite camping destinations for Canadian families. The park is home to 45 species of mammals, 262 species of birds, 50 species of fish, so you are bound to find something that will thrill any child.

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