Banff Journals

Banff with kids

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A July 2000 trip to Banff by Mrs. J

Quote: I spent a week with my husband, 4 and 8 year old, and their active grandmother enjoying the Canadian Rockies in this area.

Banff with kids

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Overview

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Best things we did: Johnston Canyon hike in Banff National Park, Sulphur Mtn. gondola ride on a clear day, hike through deep snow fields in Sunshine ski area of Banff National Park, walk around Lake Louise and the Chateau, ride in a private plane to remote alpine lake with lake landing.Quick Tips: Save your budget for things like private plane rides to amazing places you'll never see otherwise and stay in a relatively inexpensive hotel in Canmore--just a few miles from the park.Best Way To Get Around: Rent a minivan or other large comfortable vehicle to tour around with family--the rides back and forth from our Canmore hotel to the various sites were wonderful--saw bears, elk, osprey...Read More

Canmore Inn & Suites

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Hotel | "Howard Johnson at Canmore"

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This 3 story hotel is family friendly. You see accurate photos of the rooms on the HoJo web site. This hotel has a 3 story water slide into its indoor pool. Almost every room has a nice view of the mountains because Canmore is located in Bow Valley--the mountains surround you. There is a train track running behind the hotel, behind a wooden fence but we only heard a train come by once--much to our son's disappointment. The drive from Canmore to all the areas of interest around Banff is pleasant and brief. We saw several bears and elk on that drive, so it became a much anticipated part of the stay. We could have stayed in much more expensive accommodations nearer the park or in Banff proper--...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2000

Canmore Inn & Suites
1402 Bow Valley Trail
Banff, Alberta
403/609-4656

Johnston Canyon Hike

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Attraction

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The trail was easy enough for my active 71-year-old mother and my 3-year-old daughter. It follows a raging creek/river the entire way and at times you are on a narrow catwalk almost in the river except for the iron railings. Very exciting! Reminded me of some of the waterfall hikes in Yosemite. Very popular trail, so don't expect solitude. Almost a river of people going up and down it in the summer. Still, the scenery is so dramatic and the reward at the end of the first trail section so surprising, that it's worth the shoulder brushing. The NEAT thing is that at the end of the first section there is a small tunnel entrance. It is very wet and the ceiling is dripping. As you enter it y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2000

Johnston Canyon Hike
Banff National Park, Bow Valley Pkwy.
Banff, Alberta

Fly-In Lunch Tour

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Attraction

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I think the fact that I knew so few had seen what we were seeing appealed most to me. But, it wasn't just the fact that this was beauty too remote to be spoiled, it was beauty too breathtaking to be believed. The flight to the remote alpine lake lasts about 90 minutes and you skim glaciers, waterfalls, stark rock formations, alpine lakes, icefields and river valleys. It's just a tiny bit scary. I am prone to motion sickness, as is my daughter and I was surprised that we didn't get queasy. The pilot not only flew well, he knew how to answer our many questions. He kept up an interesting running narrative. Our 8 year old son sat in the front of the plane with him. I've seen stunning scener...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2000

Fly-In Lunch Tour
210 Fisher Road
Banff, Alberta

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola

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Attraction | "Sulphur Mountain Gondola"

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One of the top five things we did during our week with kids in Banff. The glass wall gondolas are large enough to hold six and travel from the town of Banff up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in about 7 minutes each way. On the way you can see for a hundred miles if the weather is clear. It is a good thing to do when you first get to Banff because it helps you get your bearings and gives an idea of how Banff fits into the Rockies in that area. At the top of the mountain is a restaurant and snack bar as well as a gift shop. There are semi-tame mountain goats, marmots, etc. hanging around looking for handouts from tourists. You can go on short hikes from the summit landing or just...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2000

Banff Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Hot Springs Road
Banff, Alberta T0L 0C0
+1 403 762 5438

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We're Texans and wanted to let our kids play in some snow during the middle of summer. The Banff National Park rangers told us that there was a guided walk being offered in the Sunshine ski area and that we would see lots of snow there, even in July and August. The area was closed to the public; but, the guided tour involved being bused into the closed area in a comfortable touring bus. We were not disappointed in the amount of snow. There were miles of four to six foot deep snow and beautiful snow crocus in spots. It was actually pretty grueling walking through the snow in snow boots--we sank a foot with each step--but the 'top of the world' scenery was breathtaking and the guide very gra...Read More
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It doesn't get dark until really, really late in Banff in the summer. Our first day we spent all day exploring Banff National Park's many wonders and came back to the hotel around 5 pm for a rest, a swim and dinner. After that we did what we usually do on a family vacation. We went to our room to read our guide books and plan for the next day. As we gawked at our beautiful mountain view we noticed something-it was still quite light at 10 pm and even 11 pm. The next day, instead of staying at our hotel after dinner we went back out for another adventure. It really was like getting double the vacation time. I can't stress enough how good it felt to be able to do and see so many outdoor things dur...Read More