Families in Banff

Visitors coming to Banff with young kids in tow will enjoy a hassle-free experience and a destination that makes it easy to cater to people of all ages. Banff Park Lodge offers the perfect base for families enjoying a vacation in Banff. Its location allows you to spend less time driving and more time exploring, and in-house services make mealtimes quick and convenient.

From snow-tubing to floats trips, downhill skiing, hiking and hot springs, families can enjoy a wide range of activities in Banff year-round, of course depending on children's ages. Whether you're looking for something different or the weather is inclement, indoor activities include museums, rock-climbing, and swimming.

Simply ask our concierge for any information you might require to make your stay with your family a memorable one

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  • Dog Sledding

    Enjoy the ultimate Rocky Mountain Canadian experience while being pulled by Huskies in your cozy sled. Feel the energy and excitement from the dogs as they haul with great enthusiasm and whisk you through breathtaking scenery and lush snow covered forest. Get up close and personal to the wonderful families of canines. It is an opportunity of a lifetime!

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  • Canoeing

    The Banff canoe docks are conveniently situated approximately 200 metres from Banff Park Lodge. Explore the surroundings by canoe by taking a trip down to Vermillion Lakes. Bring a picnic and some binoculars as this is a great place to bird watch and spot bald eagles as they plummet into the lake. Alternatively, work your way up the Bow River and let the current bring you back to town. Canoes are also available to rent at the Faimont Chateau Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Lodge.

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  • Snowshoeing

    Take in the beauty of the mountains and rich forests around the town on snowshoes. A great way to exercise, breathe in the sweet mountain air and peacefully explore nature. Guided tours also available through White Mountain Adventures offering unique snoeshowing adventure at Sunshine Village Ski Resort.

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  • Tubing

    For the ultimate family fun, look no further than Mt Norquay’s tubing park. Jump on a tube in a large group of friends or family and take a fast, thrilling ride down the long, wide chute, as your heart beats in your throat! The tube park runs alongside the Mt Norquay Ski Area and offers a café so you can warm up after getting your adrenalin fix.

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  • Banff Gondola

    ​Take an 8 minute ride in a safe, glass enclosed gondola as you ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Savour 360 degree spectacular views of the majestic rocky peaks that surround Banff as your eyes focus to Lake Minnewanka in the distance.

    Enjoy lunch at the Summit Restaurant or dine at the Panorama Restaurant. If you are feeling adventurous you can hike up the Vista Trail Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak or to the true summit of Sulphur Mountain on the South East Ridge Trail.

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  • Hiking

    ​Banff National Park boasts thousands of kilometres of hiking trails, for all ages and hiking abilities. Popular trails close to downtown Banff include Fenland Trail, an easy 2km loop, and Tunnel Mountain a moderate 2.3km hike that offers spectacular 360 degree views over Banff and its valley. With moderately steep switchbacks, this small summit is most definitely worth the effort. For more hiking trail information, including current trail conditions, please visit the Banff Visitor Centre on 224 Banff Avenue upon your arrival.

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  • Skating

    ​Banff offers both indoor and outdoor skating with skate rentals available at Bactrax and Snowtips. Choose from the Waldhaus Rink operated by the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – accessible by the Bow Falls parking lot. From December to February there is the Snow Days skating rink right in downtown Banff. The Bow River is also accessible for skating if you are looking for peace and quiet. Skating on Lake Louise has been rated as one o the most spectacular skating rinks in the world./p> More Information

  • Cycling

    Banff National Park consists of over 190kms of mountain bike trails and various road riding opportunities. The biking season typically runs from May to October, and the trails range from easy to difficult. For all your biking and accessories rentals you can find numerous shops in town, including Banff Adventures Unlimited, Bactrax, Soul and Mountain Magic.

    The Banff Legacy Trail, completed in 2010, was built to commemorate Parks Canada 125th Anniversary. This 3 metre wide, 22km long commuter trail is a suitable trail for families and cyclists of all abilities. You will enjoy the breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains as it runs parallel to the Trans Canada Highway.

    Vermillion Lakes Road is the perfect bike ride to pack a picnic and set up at one of the 3 shallow lakes surrounded by marshlands. From here you will capture the magnificent and classic view of Rundle Mountain with Vermillion Lakes. This is an easy trail that provides beautiful views.

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  • Glacier Skywalk

    The Glacier Skywalk is an experience like no other: a mountaineer’s perspective with heart pumping excitement, breathtaking views and nature inspired, interpretive story-telling. A cliff-edge walkway leads to a platform where you are able to witness with the safety of a glass panel a 918-foot drop. This adventure is open to visitors of all ages. Look down and you’ll see hints from life thousands of years ago. Look up and you’ll see the most stunning alpine and glacial vistas. Look around and you’ll discover one of the most unique ecosystems in the world; a place where it’s so hard to survive that adaptation never stops. Take in and experience wildlife, waterfalls, glaciers, fossils and more.

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Banff Park Lodge

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Each of our 211 bright and spacious rooms includes a balcony or patio from which you can enjoy the fresh mountain air and spectacular views of Banff National Park. Loyal guests return to Banff Park Lodge year after year to enjoy our friendly and relaxed atmosphere, attentive service,and incomparable location.

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Banff Park Lodge takes pride in its range of services and practical amenities that help guests feel right at home. Visitors travelling for business or leisure will appreciate the range of services that enhance the comfort, convenience and security of their stay.

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Whether you’re looking for a quiet meal for two, a family-friendly brunch or three-course banquet, Banff Park Lodge has dining options to suit your needs and preferences! Find out more about the Terrace DiningRoom and Lounge and the Chinook Family Restaurant.

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