||SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
Coming from Toronto, I had seen photos of Banff, but really didn’t know what to expect on my first visit. Neither did my kids or husband. Having recently returned from a summer vacation to the beautiful mountain locale, I remain in awe of its beauty.
Banff National Park. Photo by Samantha Kemp-Jackson
Perhaps more importantly, being the parent to small children, I was pleasantly surprised at the range of activities and family-friendly locales that Banff had to offer. We returned home after a week in the mountains, with my children bemoaning the fact the vacation was over.
Banff National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and is considered one of the most beautiful natural destinations in the world. Rarely is one able to experience nature in this form and, by most accounts, the scenery here is unforgettable.
If you’re looking for a place to take the family that has everything from wildlife to scenery to history, try Banff. You won’t be disappointed.
Where to stay
Douglas Fir Resort & Chalet
Douglas Fir Resort & Chalet: For family-friendly accommodations in the Banff area, try the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalet. Located just a few minutes from the town’s main streets, this rugged hotel offers a variety of options for families. Most suites and chalets have fireplaces, and all are equipped with a full kitchen and 32-inch flat-screen TV. The kitchen is stocked with dishes, cutlery, stove, microwave and dishwasher. The resort is also equipped with complimentary Internet access, firewood and kindling, and a shuttle bus that takes visitors to the main area in Banff. Kids will love the swimming pool with waterslide, indoor playground and games room.
Lake Louise Inn: Lake Louise is a much-sought-out destination for travelers from around the globe, known for its blue alpine lake at the base of glacier-clad peaks. The Lake Louise Inn offers five types of lodges and nine types of guest rooms, designed to fit different budgets. Some rooms offer kitchens, balconies, fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs.
Where to eat
Melissa’s Missteak Restaurant
Melissa’s Missteak Restaurant: Not only family-friendly, Melissa’s Missteak Restaurant is also a room with a view — and then some. The rustic décor is offset only by the friendly staff and amazing food. With a children’s menu and adult fare that ranges from steak to seafood, this Banff staple is worth the visit. Of note: The staff was particularly accommodating of families with children and went out of their way to make our party of five comfortable.
The Lake Louise Station Restaurant: The Lake Louise Station Restaurant is a historic train station that has been converted into a restaurant. Maintaining much of the original décor, the dining room is full of Lake Louise history. With 100 years of service under its belt, the restaurant is a favourite with visitors from around the world. The menu selection of contemporary cuisine is supported by a vast selection of wines with reasonable price ranges for those traveling on a budget.
Samantha Kemp-Jackson is a mother of four, with three under the age of eight, including identical twin toddlers. She blogs about her experiences of being a frazzled mom of many at Multiple Mayhem Mamma.
Date Added: August 14, 2012 | Comments (0)
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