Get Outside with Your Kids in Alberta, Canada
Looking to plan a trip that combines adventures for everyone in the family? Point your compass to Alberta, where Canmore, Banff National Park and Lake Louise awaits. I recently took my family on a vacation in the area. Here’s my cheat sheet that will help you plan an easy trip.
Where to Base Yourself
Approximately 50 miles west of Calgary at the southeast boundary of Banff National Park, Canmore is the perfect base for exploring some of the popular sites in the region. The prices are more reasonable than other nearby towns, the restaurants offer 360-degrees of the Canadian Rockies and many of the local excursions start here, so the flow from activity to activity is much simpler, especially with young kids. You can also take relaxing hikes from the base of Three Sisters.
Where to Stay
We rented a condo from Solara Resorts in Canmore. It was well located and our one bedroom condo had a full kitchen and a pull-out bed in the living area.
Where to Eat
In Canmore, the Range is a great spot for lunch; other than the bread, they make all their own food. My favorite was the quinoa salad. The kids loved the Alberta Beef sandwich. Murrieta’s in Canmore is the place for dinner. It has an awesome atmosphere, great service and delicious dishes like scallops and beef (when you are in Alberta, how can you not have beef?).
Get a Discovery Pass
Anyone entering the national parks needs to have a permit, even if you are just driving through. So it’s a good idea to purchase a Discovery Pass before your trip. The Discovery Pass reduces the amount of time you have to spend in line waiting to purchase a park permit.