Finally – a Canadian travel book just for families!  25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit is a new travel guide from Calgary-based mom and travel blogger, Jody Robbins.

Jody Robbins is a family travel expert who makes regular appearances on television, including the Marilyn Denis show.  We’re very proud to say that Robbins is also a contributor to Family Fun Canada. She’s written several stories for us, including one of our  favourites: How to Have a Happy Dirty Holiday.

In 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit, Robbins highlights 25 key regions of Canada that offer something for all members of the family. Each colour-illustrated section includes several places to visit within that region, with recommendations for places to sleep and eat, and a couple of fun or quirky facts about each destination.

The difference between this and your average guide book is that Robbins has actually been to each of these places with her family, which means that you feel like you’re reading an informative travel magazine, rather than consulting a list of must-see attractions.

For example, on p. 175 (Quebec City) there’s a hilarious lost-in-translation moment when Robbins is asked if she would like to play “a baby foot game” (a mini game of football).  On pg. 254 (Grose Morne, Newfoundland) you’ll find a Parks Canada Interpreter’s explanation of how the pitcher plant gets nourishment: “it sucks up its food from the soup of the poop!”

Yup, this is definitely a guide that is geared toward the kids!

The book also includes helpful bonus chapters, such as “Surviving the Family Road Trip” and “How to Pack Like a Pro”. There’s even advice on how to work in couple-time during (or after!) your family vacation.

25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit

Author Jody Robbins with her family

In the back of the book is a directory that includes a list of baby equipment rental services, tour operators and handy travel apps.

This book is a must-have for your family travel library, and would make a lovely gift for relatives who are visiting from overseas. You can buy 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit at your local bookstore, or online through Amazon or Indigo.