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If you are heading to Toronto with your family then you will no doubt be on the lookout for some day trips which you can take on, that will keep the whole family happy. For those of you with a larger, more extended family, chartering a Toronto school bus or minibus rental is a great way to get all the cousins and in-laws there safely, without anyone getting lost. If you are short of ideas on where to go and what to do outside of the busy city, here are some great ideas for places to go.

Kortright Center for Conservation

The wonderful Kortright Center for Conservation is situated in Vaughan, and it is a great place to take the whole family, regardless of the ages of your children. Getting in touch with nature is great for everyone and this expansive park offers hiking trails, bird spotting activities and there is also lots of incentives to teach kids about the benefits of renewable energy, not bad for a $6.50 entrance fee for the adults and kids under 15 get in free.

Ward’s Island

You will no doubt read plenty about Centre Islands in any guide books, but it is Ward’s Island which I think is the best choice for your family day trip. Not only do you not get the swell of people here that you do in Centre Island, but Ward’s Island also offers far more for the family to do. Getting out of the city should be about space and that is what you’ll find here, perfect for kicking a ball, throwing a frisbee, or heading around the lake on your bike. The cost of the ferry is $7 for adults and $3.50 for kids.

Blue Mountain Resort

If you are looking for a bit of adventure then Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood is the place for you and your family. If you are here during wintertime then you can make the most of this ski resort with the kids, but even in warm weather there is plenty too do. Once the snow melts away, the resort opens its 18 hole putting course, the zip-line wires and mountain gondola rides, a great way to spend your day.


Kids and adults alike love Lego and that is why Legoland in Vaughan should be on your list of places to visit. Here you will find 14 attractions and activities for the whole family, including the Kingdom Quest laser ride, Merlin’s Apprentice ride and a brilliant 4D cinema. Throughout this lego-dedicated park you will find all kinds of building activities and miniature worlds, the perfect way to take a break from the city lights.

Andrew’s Scenic Acres

For a truly refreshing rural experience, head to this pick your own fruit farm, which has been amped up to cater for families. Aside from fruit picking, the kids can take tractor rides, visit the on-site playground and learn about the different fruits. This is a great place to take a picnic and enjoy some time with the family in the open and fresh Canadian air.

Have you been to any of these places before? If so we’d love to know what you thought about them.