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Affordable Family Activities for a Great Canadian Weekend 


You’ve gone to the beach, the park, on playdates, and had movie nights. But while summer has come to an end, there is still time to make memories that are both fun and affordable throughout the year. The AIR MILES Reward Program is here to support your plans for vacations, day trips, and family staycations that make the most of your weekends. 

Here we look at family-friendly fun activities that won’t break the bank. 

First stop: find out what adventures you can plan with your Dream Miles™  

The key to saving money on your family adventures is planning ahead. Before heading off for a day of fun, check out our kid-friendly attractions you can use your use your Dream Miles™ towards for inspiration. Some of our top rewards include:   


La Ronde: Located on Île Sainte-Hélène, La Ronde is the largest amusement park in Quebec, attracting visitors from around the world. It offers over 40 attractions, including rollercoasters for a thrill, intermediate rides with all the fun and none of the fear, and the Pays de Ribambelle for the family’s smallest members. Visit during the L’International des Feux Loto-Québec fireworks competition for stunning displays under the night skies. 


Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo: Alberta’s Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is the ideal place for the kids who are obsessed with animals to explore eight distinct habitats. While getting up close to animals is a lot of the fun, you can also wander through a lush botanical garden or travel back in time at a prehistoric park. The Calgary Zoo has over 30 years of dedicated wildlife conservation work as part of its legacy. 

West Edmonton Mall Attractions: The West Edmonton Mall is not just about shopping. It also offers major family attractions, including World Waterpark and the world’s largest indoor amusement park, Galaxyland. At World Waterpark you can try indoor surfing, zip down the waterslides, or rent your own “beachfront patio.” Whether you prefer to splash around in the wave pool or relax on the giant indoor beach, the whole family will love this tropical oasis in the heart of West Edmonton Mall.  

Or try Galaxyland, where you can enjoy over 27 spectacular rides, attractions, and play areas with something to do for kids of all ages, including Mindbender, the world’s largest triple-loop roller coaster. For a slower pace, you can take the kids to the Galaxy Kids Playpark. 


Toronto Zoo: As one of the largest zoos in the world, your family can explore over 700 acres of parkland and encounter over 4,000 animals at the Toronto Zoo. The zoo is committed to humane care for the animals, focusing on connecting people, animals, and conservation science to help fight the extinction of the world’s most precious animals. Your family can visit mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates from around the globe at four indoor tropical pavilions, where animals live safely among familiar plants and flowers from their region.  

The African Rainforest Pavilion includes a western lowland gorilla troop, while the 700 acres are home to outdoor homes for white rhinos, zebras, and giraffes. You can also enjoy other features at the zoo, including the Zoomobile, the TundraAir Ride, the Gorilla Climb Ropes Course, and the Conservation Carousel. 

Canada’s Wonderland: Canada’s Wonderland is one of Ontario’s premier destinations for families who want to have fun, with something for every age. Some of the over 200 attractions include: 

  • The Yukon Striker, the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster 
  • The Splash Works 20-acre water park 
  • Live entertainment 
  • 17 roller coasters 
  • Wonder Mountain’s Guardian interactive 4D dark ride 
  • Cliff jumping at Mountain Bay Cliffs 
  • Kidzville and Planet Snoopy  
  • The Muskoka Plunge water slide complex reaches speeds of approximately 40 km per hour 
  • Lakeside Lagoon, for the youngest visitors to cool off in the wading pool or on one of two different family slides 
  • Restaurants and treats throughout the park, including world-famous funnel cakes, the Canadian classic Beaver Tail, Tiny Tom’s donuts, and, of course, a poutinerie


African Lion Safari: African Lion Safari® is a drive-through wildlife park. It’s dedicated to conserving declining wildlife species, and visitors get closer to animals than they would at a zoo. You’ll encounter over 1,000 exotic birds and animals roaming the game reserve, offering an exciting day of adventure covering a 9km Safari Trail. You can use your vehicle or join other visitors on a guided, air-conditioned Safari Tour Bus.  

You can also ride the “Nature Boy” Scenic Railway, sail the “African Queen” Boat Cruise, and have fun at the Misumu Bay Wetplay and Jungle Playground areas. It is a truly unique experience with the opportunity to see animals wandering the reserve much as they would in their natural habitat. 

Explore provincial and national parks 

Crisp nights under the stars at any of the country’s provincial and national parks is a magical experience kids will cherish for a lifetime. It is also packed with tons of fun, free activities. Why not turn to your Dream Miles to redeem them toward what you need for a family camping trip, including tents, sleeping bags, inflatables, and more.  

Make time for a little Mom and Dad relaxation 

When you’re done making magic happen for your kids, why not find some childcare and take advantage of a little alone time with the AIR MILES Cash Reward Partner WaySpa? It’s an ideal way for parents to decompress between play dates and school drop offs. Plan your selfcare at one of the luxurious spa destinations available across Canada. You do you—free of interruptions—so you can have more energy in the bank for making memories with the family. 

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