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We are planning a trip to British Columbia in July with another family, and our group
will include 4 kids ranging from 18 months to almost 6.
I would like to see Vancouver and Victoria, and it might make sense to spend some
part of the trip at Whistler, since our group includes an avid golfer and a mountain
bike enthusiast, and the rest of us like to hike.
I want to avoid the endless hopping from place to place, and so would like to stay
part of the trip in either Vancouver or Victoria, taking day trips to see the other.
Would it be better to stay in Vancouver and visit Victoria, or vice versa? Any
recommendations of places to stay? (We would prefer apartments or hotel suites
with some kind of kitchen facilities).
Should we drive to Whistler or take the train? Or is there some other hidden
Canadian gem within a couple hours of Vancouver that we are missing and should
There's a little info in the archives but I would love to get other recommendations
I've been to Vancouver and Victoria, but not Whistler. You didn't mention
how long the
trip was, but these three places are each a good ways from each other. The
children might do better, but with four kids, I'd be more inclined to pick
and do things locally. Victoria is lovely, but has limited activities;
there might be more
for families in Vancouver and Whistler. If you do stay in Victoria, the
is the place to stay: http://www.fairmont.com/empress/ or if you don't
stay at least do
high tea with the moms and older kids.
We are looking for recommendations for a hiking trip we are
planning to Waterton - Glacier National Park. We have been
told that the Canada side of the park (Waterton area) is a
fabulous place to stay as a base for hiking etc. in the Park.
We are looking for recommendations of where to stay in or near
Waterton, where to hike, and any other logistical advice as we
plan our trip. Thanks--
AP ran a story recently about a wonderful place to stay, Kilmorey Lodge, near Waterton in
Canada...if you haven't seen the article already, you should check it out:
***envious and would love to go there, too!
So maybe I'm a bit biased having grown up in Montana, but I just wanted to recommend that if
you're in the Glacier area already, don't miss out on visiting Flathead Lake--it's just south
of Glacier, only a few hours north of Missoula, and a WONDERFUL place for kids! I spent many
summers there growing up and always had a blast. Flathead is a huge, beautiful lake, but if
you'd like something more quiet, the Seely-Swan Valley (also south of the Park) is spotted
with much smaller, private glacial lakes great for family camping.
Our family is planning a trip in August up toward Calgary-ish.
My idea is that we'll go to Crater Lake and then head north and
east...thru parts of Idaho, doubtful if we'll make it into
Montana, but maybe the very northwestern section.
From there we'd head south and west possibly to Vancouver,
definately to Seattle and down thru Portland.
I've checked the archives without much luck to find places of
interest for 11, and 15 yo boys (plus mom and dad) in the
Canadian Rockies, northern Idaho, and places en route.
Likely well do motels, cottages etc, but possibility we'll camp
(or do both).
We're pretty up on Seattle and Portland and the Oregon and N.
California coast. What I'm really looking for are places of
interest north and east of Crater Lake.
One BPN parent raved about a place called Black Cat Guest Ranch
near Banff(sp?). Their website is really nice...I'm waiting to
hear from them on their prices and availability (thanks for
that). And thanks for any other ideas.
This may be too far south for you, but en route to Yellowstone, we once
stopped at a nat'l/state park called Valley of the Moon or Craters of the
Moon (something like that) in the south/southeast corner of Idaho. It is
a volcanic area that was very interesting for hiking and exploring. I
think they tested the Mars Rover there. It will be on a map of Idaho.
We spent only 1/2 day there and wish we had had a full day.
Also, I understand that the white water rafting on the Snake River is
very good - probably great for your teen boys.
We had a fabulous trip to the Canadian Rockies last summer with our boys,
ages 9 & 12. The area is unbelievably beautiful. Some of the places we
stayed: Baker Creek Chalets, near Lake Louise, were charming. Tekarra
Lodge, in Jasper, was also nice (both had little cabins that fit the
entire family, with kitchens.) The boys liked walking the Columbia Ice
Fields, though I thought they were only okay (they have receded a great
deal since I had seen them as a child 30 years before). We did a lot of
hiking and biking -- Up behind Lake Louise to the Plain of Six Glaciers
Tea House, Maligne Canyon, Valley of the Five Lakes. The boys also did
some rock climbing, and we river rafted down the Athabasca. Love Canada
Canmore is the gateway to the Rockies; we only spent one night
there so I can't speak to accomodations. But they had spectacular
American Independence Day fireworks celebration!
You should probably buy a national park pass the first Canadian
park you come to.
In Jasper -which is far more natural and less touristy than
Banff-- I recommend staying at Patricia Lake if you can get a
booking. They have pretty but unpretentious housekeeping cabins
with very nice walks accessible right from your door. I stayed
there twice as a teen myself, and just took my own family (then
12 and 13) there a few years back. Its very popular and many
people come back year after year. The classic Jasper excursions
are taking the tram to the top of Whistler (highly recommended!)
and the Maligne Canyon and Spirit Lake. There is a boat cruise
on Spirit Lake, but you can also canoe and possibly kayak. The
drive out to the hot springs is worth it to spot bighorn (there
is usually a herd of ewes near the parking lot) and mountain goats.
In Banff, which is beautiful but frankly pretty commercial, we
stayed a couple of nights at the Douglas Fir Chalets and Condos.
These are nothing special, but my daughters (12 and 13) who were
by then somewhat tired of (1) being on top of Mom and Dad
and(2)hiking *loved* the waterslides; we enjoyed making them
pizza or pasta and then going out to eat ourselves.
Between Calgary and Banff we happened across a state park with an
enormous herd of largely free-ranging buffalo --an unexpected
pleasure was watching them pour over the landscape. We could
feel the earth shaking as they went past. But I'll be darned if
I can remember the name of the place; it was not well marked and
the entry road was unpaved.
I checked the web site, and could use more recent
leads....So...Any recommendations for great kid-friendly seafood
restaurants(esp. shellfish), play grounds, beaches, hotels (with
pool) or casual resorts (with swimming), Orca tours, etc. for our
trip to BC in August? We will likely go to Whistler, Vancouver,
central eastern coast of Vancouver Island and Victoria. Our kids
are elementary-school-aged. Thanks!
We took our two kids to Vancouver Island a couple of summers ago. Our favorite stop was
Tofino, on the middle-west coast. The beaches can be a bit brisk for swimming, but the
kids had a great time. We stayed at the Crystal Cove, which is well-set up for kids and
is on a beach with great tide-pools. If you go to Tofino, be sure to eat at Soba. Two
chefs from fancy restaurants operating out of a catering truck. Yes, it looks funky but
the food is as good as anything in Berkeley. The Rain Forest Cafe was also very good,
but much pricier.
We also stayed at Tigh-Na-Mara, which is a nice beach resort in Parksville with pool and
beach. It's a much more developed area than Tofino, and the scenary wasn't as
spectacular, but the water was warmer and we had a very nice time. In Victoria, we
stayed at Swann's, which was comfortable. It wasn't as central as some places, but was
very roomy accomodations (we got a two-
bedroom) and we could walk to everything.
You'll find a lot of information regarding BC on it's official website:
We're planning on taking our two sons (ages 6 & 8) to the Canadian Rockies
this summer to do some easy hiking and enjoy the scenery. I saw a couple of
recommendations in the archives (from 2003) for family-friendly places to stay
and just want to know if anyone has other recommendations. We're looking for
a lodge-type setting (room & meals) that would be comfortable for a family
with two VERY active little boys. No white table cloth dinners! Thanks.
I recommend that you check out Black Cat Guest Ranch
(http://www.blackcatguestranch.ca/index.html), near Banff. We stayed there on our
honeymoon (7 years ago, before kids) and it was amazing. Really laid back and a lot of
great hiking & riding, a hot tub at the end of the day, and great food in large portions.
It was our home base for trips into Jasper and the nearby area. Check with them to see
what age kids they will take-
I remember a couple of families with kids around the 6-8 range.
We'll be attending a wedding over the 4th of July weekend in
Banff, Canada. Can anyone recommend where to stay in the
surrounding areas, need not be in Banff, itself? Also, can
anyone recommend places to visit or things to do while we are
there? We have 2 sons, 4 years old and 2 years old.
Two summers ago we stayed at the Banff Park Lodge and the Swiss
Hotel. Both were fine. There are lots of places in town, we
didn't see any that looked particularly icky from the outside.
There is a town just outside the park entrance, can't remember
the name, begins with a ''C''. That will be your only reasonably
close option outside the park to stay.
To do: walk up and down the main street, should have plenty of
diversions for the kids. Take the gondola ride to the top of
the mountain. Drive up to Lake Louise. Lots of hiking nearby,
take a picnic lunch.
We stayed at Douglas Fir Resort, http://www.douglasfir.com.
This is in Banff but outside the downtown area. At the time,
our children were almost three years old and two months old.
The place is not fancy, but very comfortable for families. We
had a cabin with a regular bedroom plus a loft bedroom with
multiple twin beds. Our cabin was at the far end of the resort
away from the main road and backed up against some open space
where we saw elk grazing most evenings. All for a very
reasonable price. I would not want to be close to the road, so
I would ask for a place in back.
We are thinking of taking a trip with our toddler this fall to
Canada and can't decide bewteen Montreal or Alberta (Lake Louise,
etc.). Any recommendations on what might be better or
kid-friendlier? Our child is a great traveler so longer flights
are no big deal.
I have been to Jasper in the National park [Alberta] twice now. I
love it. It's a sweet little town, surrounded by 360 degree
mountain views. Many lakes and outdoorsy things to do; can also
visit the Icefield about 90 minutes away. The indoor swimming
center also has a waterslide - though this last year I didn't
even go there because I enjoy the lakes so much. Jasper has a
couple hotels along with B&B type housing. Many residents rent
out rooms/suites, from low end to high end. Many rentals are
designed for families. Most places will give you a discount if
you stay for a week. There are also cabins, various camping
locations, and a hostel outside of town.
Loves Canadian Rockies
But Montreal of course! It is beautiful in the fall. You get the
European look, the French food without the attitude, very
diverse people and you can practice your high school French
while being able to do everything in English. Plenty to do in
the city and you could take a 2 1/2 hour drive to Quebec City
(one of the World Heritage City). Alberta is beautiful too if
you prefer nature over culture.
We are going skiing in Whistler in Feb. with an 18 month old
and extended family, including another baby and 2 adult non-
skiers. Any recommendations for a place to stay that's near
the lifts but also has amenities for babies and non-skiers?
Expensive is OK.
You want to stay at the new Four Seasons at Whistler--it the Four
Seasons' nicest resort, yet, and the service and amenities are
non-pareil. Great food, too, and room service was very
accommodating and inventive about my children's food
needs/preferences--the ten year old is a sophisticate; the
four-year-old is sure that he doesn't like most foods unless it's
a ''sweetie.'' You also might spot some celebs while you are
As an aside, Whistler is darn cold in the winter--bring and dress
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Wannabee
Lucky you! We go often with lots of family and kids. My father-
in-law has a condo in a development called The Woods that is
very close (short shuttle) to lifts and more importantly to me
you can jump right on wonderful x-country trials. Try calling
Wildflower Lodging (604)932-4113. He uses them and we use them
when we need additional units in the Woods. Also, the Nanny
Network is wonderful for childcare and will even provide all
equipment needed from cribs, strollers, highchair etc... We have
always had wonderful nannies and they try to give you the same
one everytime so your kids really get attached to them. Sorry,
I can't find Nanny Network number. Try info or Wildflower. Have
a blast! Alison
We'd like to take our two early-teen girls on a family vacation
to the Canadian Rockies this summer. We're looking for an
informal, house-keeping cabin-with-kitchen type place (or
places). Ideally there should be nearby hiking and fishing
available right there so the kids can get up early and fish, or
throw a line in after dinner... Inside/near Jasper or Hinton
preferred; we'll be taking day trips, but want to be within
reasonable driving distance of the major sites.
We stayed at the Patricia Lake Bungalows on Patricia Lake last
fall and highly recommend them. Patricia Lake is about 5 minutes
from downtown Jasper. The bungalows are well maintained and have
kitchens and are located right on Patricia Lake where you can
hike, canoe, and fish (I assume). It is a really beautiful
setting. Check out their website for more info, prices, etc:
I missed the question originally, so hope my comment is
somewhere in the ballpark of the question asked. We've stayed at
the Lake Pyramid Resort in Jasper last summer. It is a bit pricy
and is run more like an upscale resort(We paid ~$140US per
night), but we found the ambiance of the seculded lake setting
slightly(10 minutes or so drive) away from the town relaxing and
worthwhile. I think even the smallest studio units have at least
a small living area with a gas fireplace and high cathdral
ceilings. The best value in lodging though, were at B&B's (we
drove around and sampled the rooms around town)that were very
clean and tastfully run, both in Banff and Jasper area.
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