Travel with Children

Nope, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum isn't about the history of the pitchfork – it's a fascinating experimental farm. The government-owned property, southwest of downtown, includes about 500 hectares of gardens and ranches. Kids will love the livestock as they hoot and snort around the barn. The affable farmhands will even let the tots help out during feeding time. The rolling farmland is the perfect place for a scenic summer picnic, and in winter the grounds become a prime tobogganing locale. The farm can be reached on the city’s network of cycling routes.

Just as farm-like, but without the animals, the hedge mazes and labyrinths at Saunders Farm will keep the kids going in circles for ages, so you can put your feet up! About 45 minutes' drive southwest of Ottawa, the farm also offers a waterpark, pedal carts, hay-wagon rides and much more seasonal fun.

Otherwise, most of Ottawa's museums have been designed with families in mind; several have entire wings devoted to child's play, like the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canada Science & Technology Museum (reopening July 2017), and of course the Canadian Museum of History's interactive Canadian Children's Museum.

Family-friendly accommodations include the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel, Les Suites and Courtyard Ottawa East.