Itineraries: Canadian Rockies With Children

If you are traveling to the Canadian Rockies with children, your focus should be the outdoors. Mix up the places you think the children should see with places you know they will enjoy. If you’re traveling to the Canadian Rockies as a family, renting a vehicle will make your holiday more enjoyable–upgrade to a minivan for everyone’s sanity.

This itinerary starts and ends in Calgary.

Day 1

Depart Calgary for Kananaskis Country and Sundance Lodge, where your tepee accommodation awaits. Spend the evening fishing at Mount Lorette Ponds, which are stocked with rainbow trout.

Day 2

Bypass the town of Banff and head straight for Lake Louise. Take the easy lakeside trail or, if you have older children, head for Lake Agnes Teahouse. Spend the night at Paradise Lodge and Bungalows.

Day 3

Do your best to rouse the brood early for the spectacular drive along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. The incentive is a ride on an Ice Explorer across the Columbia Icefield. Spend the night at one of the bungalow camps near Jasper, roasting marshmallows around an open fire.

Day 4

Take a boat tour on Maligne Lake and a walk through Maligne Canyon, then head south to Yoho National Park. Spend the afternoon paddling on Emerald Lake or walking around its perimeter.

Day 5

Take a gondola ride at Golden. Drive to Radium Hot Springs to take a soak in the hot springs, play some miniature golf, or saddle up for a horseback ride.

Day 6

Drive to Banff and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Children can learn about local wildlife at the Banff Park Museum or take a break from nature at the local waterslide complex and indoor bowling lanes. Spend the evening at the Oh Canada Eh! dinner theater, hosted in a suitably nationalistic building.

Day 7

Drive to Calgary. Along the way you’ll pass Calaway Park, western Canada’s largest outdoor amusement park—a fun stop if time allows.