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Family vacation ideas start in Banff....

First off...just to clarify...the word "vacation", comes from the Latin word "vacare".

Meaning "to be free, empty, to be at leisure".

So no blackberries, no cell phones, no laptops.....this is your vacation right? I want you and your family to really see and enjoy this beautiful part of the country.

The air is so fresh and clean....a couple of deep breathes and the relaxation process begins.... This is one of the best family vacation spots anywhere....I do mean anywhere....

The quaint little town of Banff boasts a big, worldwide reputation. Its charming streets are abuzz year round. Millions of people visit annually. This famous mountain resort town offers great family vacation ideas, world-class shopping, dining and accommodation. Millions of people can't be wrong!!!!

At first sight, it's apparent why the world is in love with Banff. Cascade Mountain is famous for it's cascading waterfall. The Bow River winds its way thru town with a great pathway to walk, bike or hike..

There are many fun and exciting things to do in Banff many family vacation ideas.... lots of outdoor activities in this beautiful, pristine location.

The best thing is that when looking at family vacation ideas....It doesn't matter if your interests lie in the summer or the winter. There are many activities you can do year round.

The obvious Winter Activities are skiing and snowboarding and for Summer, sightseeing and hiking probably top the list!

Winter turns the area into paradise for the snow sport enthusiast. Sunshine Village Ski Resort , Norquay and Lake Louise Ski resort attract skiers and snowboarders from around the world. These resorts are all kid friendly!!!

Cross-country skiers, snowshoers and ice climbers explore numerous local trails. Banff is an ideal base for hiking and wildlife viewing.

There are excursions into surrounding park areas during summer. Banff provides a popular weekend retreat throughout the year with excellent restaurants, and day spas. Lots of family vacation ideas here.

Banff is a convenient and much-loved mountain paradise loaded with great family vacation ideas..... you should be aware of the ever changing Banff weather as well!

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Family Holiday Suggestions - Summer

Here are some family vacation ideas.... exploring the summertime in Banff.

The weather is perfect for these activities. The average temperature is between 70º and 72º F, the humidity is low, and the extended daylight means more time to enjoy.

White water Rafting/Float Trips
Carriage Rides
Horseback Riding
Helicopter Sightseeing

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Family Holiday Suggestions - Winter

It's a toss up between summer and winter when visiting Banff and the Canadian Rockies.

But here are some of the things you may not get to do in the summer are...

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Nordic Skiing - Cross Country Skiing
Ice Skating
Sledding and Tobogganning
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Snow shoeing
Dog Sledding

More Family Holidays Suggestions......

Traveling with kids can be challenging. A successful vacation begins with a kid friendly hotel. Lake Louise, located in the heart of Banff National Park offers adventures for all kinds of kids - canoeing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, river rafting, swimming, fishing, dog sledding and skiing.

For example here at the Chateau Lake Louise they are proud to also offer numerous onsite activities perfect for traveling kids. Whether you have a budding photographer or a little chef in your family there's numerous family vacation ideas for every kid to enjoy!

But......If the family needs more of a tropical setting, consider beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where you can find great weather, fun attractions and kid friendly resorts such as the Avista Resorts.

At the Chateau Lake Louise all ‘Traveling with Kids’ programs are subject to availability. For some programs, specific numbers are required for the activity to run. The following are excellent family vacation ideas for your kids to enjoy....Please contact Concierge for age restrictions, the schedule of events or to register for the Explorers Kid's Camp at +1 403 522 1601 or visit them in the main lobby upon arrival.

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All children are to meet at the Playroom where they will spend the night making crafts, playing interactive games, board games, video games, rock climbing and having fun!

Nothing completes a night in like a movie and popcorn. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Ages 5 – 12 yrs.

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A hike specifically designed for the abilities of our junior hikers! Head out on the trails and learn about outdoor safety, the flora you see in the Lake Louise area and how to interpret the clues all animals leave behind. Ages 5 – 12 yrs.

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The sweetest kid friendly hotel activity! Children will have the opportunity to create a masterpiece of their own. Working in our hotel kitchens with one of our talented cooks, children will don chef hats and have the opportunity to bake and decorate their very own cake! Sounds like could be your best family vacation ever.

Make sure to let us know which outlet you will be dining at this evening, as it will be delivered as dessert! Sign Up required 24 hours in advance. Ages 7 – 12 yrs.

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Would you like to join our team? This special, day-long kid friendly activity is designed to get the Chateau Lake Louise’s youngest visitors acquainted with exactly what it takes to run hotels!

Learn how to properly make a bed with housekeeping, cook like a Chef, properly set a table, bake a cake in our Pastry kitchen and MUCH MORE. Sign up is required 24 hours in advance. Ages 7 – 15 yrs.

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Lake Louise is known for its beauty and here is your opportunity to capture it! Everyone will be provided with digital cameras and a list of photo objectives to discover.

At the end, pick your best picture to be framed and all others will be e-mailed to you so you can share them with your family and friends. Ages 5 – 12 yrs.

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Float along the pristine waters of Lake Louise where you can help paddling too! Here you will learn about glaciers, Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains. Our knowledgeable coordinator will answer any questions you may have. Ages 7 – 12 yrs.


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Let’s take the paint easels outside and brush up on our artistic skills! Learn about colours and receive a few painting tips. Here is where you have the opportunity to create your very own keepsake of Lake Louise. Ages 5 – 12 yrs.

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Come out and play camp games while hanging out by the fire and roasting marshmallows. Create your own s’mores to have as dessert! I remember s'mores from camp!!! Graham wafer, piece of chocolate, roasted marshmallow and another graham wafer....squish together...Yummmm. Ages 5 – 12 yrs.


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This kid friendly activity starts by creating a Teddy Bear of your own in the Playroom. Then head outside for a one-of-a-kind Teddy Bear picnic complete with iced tea and finger sandwiches and a special appearance from the Chateau Lake Louise hotel’s very own Bow the Bear. Ages: 4 – 7 yrs.

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Have you always wanted your very own pony? kids will have the opportunity to learn everything it takes to groom, saddle and take care of a horse/pony. The trip will end with a horse/pony ride. Ages: 7 – 12 yrs.

Some great family vacation ideas from the Chateau Lake Louise.

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