By Karen Ung
Whether you have babies or big kids, Banff National Park is fun. We go at least once a month, so my four- and- five-year-old daughters have got packing down to an art, and are usually first in the car anticipating our next adventure. Here are some of my girls’ favourite spring things to do in Banff.
Image courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography
- Johnston Canyon 1.2 km to Lower Falls; 2.4 km to Upper Falls, 120 m elevation gain
Johnston Canyon is a beautiful destination year round with a series of picturesque waterfalls and catwalks. Children three and up can easily manage the flat hike to Lower Falls. Families with older children may continue on to Upper Falls to see even higher falls.
By RACHAEL FREY
Take the kids and head to the nearby ski hills! Photo courtesy WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park
Calgary is known as the gateway to the Rockies, but there’s no need to leave the city to find outdoor activities in the winter. World-class Olympic sports facilities and a keen sense of seasonal nostalgia combine to create a variety of family-friendly cold weather fun.
Ice-skating is an integral part of Canadian cold-weather life, and while indoor rinks may be practical, nothing beats gliding across outdoor ice under the vast Prairie sky. (more…)
By RACHAEL FREY
Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta
Visit Western Canada’s most exciting urban attractions.
#1 ATTRACTION FOR VISITING THE WILD WEST
The historical buildings and costumed townsfolk of Heritage Park Historical Village bring this bustling Alberta pioneer railway town to life. Old-fashioned attractions include a bakery, ice cream parlour, blacksmith shop, aboriginal encampment and antique midway complete with Ferris wheel.
Must See: Three vintage modes of transport afford unique views of the park’s charming scenery. Tour Glenmore Reservoir on working paddlewheeler the S.S. Moyie, catch a ride on a fully operational steam train or hop on a horse-drawn wagon.
Must Do: Outside the main gate, admire the antique autos at Gasoline Alley Museum and shop the boutiques of Haskayne Mercantile Block. Attend special aboriginal cultural performances presented throughout the summer on the main grounds. (more…)
This holiday long weekend, take the kids back in time at Heritage Park and enjoy free rides, a pancake breakfast and a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
As a thank you for a great summer, Heritage Park is offering free rides all weekend long ($10 value) and a free pancake breakfast for the first 500 guests through the gates each morning before 10:30 am.
Take the family down to Heritage Park this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Travel Alberta.
And to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, the Wainwright Hotel will serve a three-course family lunch. The meal includes roast turkey with mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup and, for dessert, a slice of pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. The meal will be served from October 6 until October 8, between 11 am to 3:30 pm. The meal is $22.95 for adults and $14.95 for children (under 12).
Good To Know: While Heritage Park is closing for the season, several attractions outside the park’s main entrance will remain open year-round. These include Gasoline Alley Museum, Selkirk Grille Restaurant, Railway Café and the five shops that make up the Haskayne Mercantile Block. Also, as of the beginning of November, the area will feature a free skating rink, open daily.
Select Historical Village venues will reopen for special and ticketed events during the off season, including Ghouls’ Night Out, Ghosts and Gourmet and Once Upon A Christmas, which is held on the five weekends prior to Christmas Day. However, the Historical Village won’t reopen for the 2013 summer season until the May long weekend.