Just in time for Family Day, we've rounded up ten of the most epic and imaginative playgrounds across Canada! Natural and state-of-the-art, whimsical and adventurous, these parks are worth road tripping for.
Even if you don't live close to one of these amazing playgrounds, there's plenty of adventure to be had outdoors this weekend. Family Day is the perfect opportunity to bundle up and visit a local playground, or try something new outside (for ideas, check out our list of easy outdoor activities for kids, or our list of all-weather activities).
Nutrien Playland, Kinsmen Park, Saskatoon SK
In addition to a ferris wheel, carousel, and miniature train, this park boasts a water play area, interactive sand pit, and many climbing features including the tower slide pictured here.
Carcross Commons, Carcross YK
Inspired by the surrounding environment and the creation stories of the Tagish First Nation, this playground includes 'timber block mountains' for climbing and towers connected by boardwalks. It's a gathering space for the whole community.
Broadmoor Lake Park, Sherwood Park, AB
Part of a beautiful lakeside park near Edmonton, this playground includes climbing and water play equipment for kids of all ages. The showpiece is an epic tunnel slide and climbing web.
Eliot River Dream Park, Cornwall PEI
This accessible playground was built over five days by hundreds of volunteers - adults and children. The park's castle-like turrets, climbing structures, chains, and tires prove you don't need fancy materials to built something imaginative and fun.
Nathan Shuster Park, Montreal QC
This epic and nature-inspired playground includes a toddler zone, zip line, ropes obstacle course, and treehouse. Kids can hop on logs and mushrooms, and find hidden 'fossils' in the sand.
Grange Park, Toronto ON
Known as the playground at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the play structures in this park were inspired by objects found in artist's studio. There's an area for smaller children as well, with creative hides, climbs, and slides.
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, MB
This impressive, nature-inspired playground includes a sand and water play area, willow tree tunnels, rubber mountains, and a whimsical children's garden. It cost $3 million dollars to build, and it shows!
Mooney's Bay, Ottawa ON
Opened to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, this Canada-themed playground is one of the country's biggest. There are ten areas representing ten different regions in Canada, and play structures include a giant climbable orca whale, a rocking viking ship, a wooden canoe teeter-totter, and a mini western town.
Terra Nova Adventure Playground, Richmond BC
Complete with views of the Fraser river, this nature-inspired playground features a 10m tall tree house, tandem zip lines, a meadow maze, aerial rope walkways, and more.
Cadboro-Gyro Park, Victoria BC
Okay, we may be biased, but this beachside park in Rumble's hometown of Victoria boasts unique cement creatures you won't find anywhere else. Kids can slide down the Octopus's tentacles, climb along the back of the mythical Cadborosaurus, and climb into the jaws of a salmon. The park was also recently upgraded with a new zip line and smaller climbing features for young kids.
Honourable Mention: The Great Outdoors
All of these playgrounds are amazing, but Canada's best playground? The great outdoors! Beaches, forests, mountains and fields have everything a kid needs to imagine, run, climb, and play. So get outside and #feedthegood!