Banff National Park has long been a setting for moments that make memories by offering a diverse range of activities to suit all families no matter what age. Here is our list of the 10 great family activities to do in Banff and Lake Louise.
Kids love dogs, and these dogs love what they do. Iconic to "The Great White North," and one of the most popular activities in the Rockies, is dogsledding. These well-trained animals take you on a journey like no other through the Rocky Mountains. Families bundle under blankets in the warm sleigh as the musher guides the surprisingly silent sled on the trail and through the forest. Tours are available in Lake Louise with Kingmik Dog Sled Tours and around Spray Lakes with Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours and Howling Dog Tours, and each gives parents the opportunity to take their children (infants 0-5 y/o riding at a lower cost) in one sleigh.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides in both Banff and Lake Louise are the perfect cozy and gentle activity for families of all ages. Banff Trail Riders at Warner Stables in Banff and Brewster Stables at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise give guests an experience in an iconic settings with warm blankets and an interpretive guide/cowboy. Journey through the areas around Warner Stables in Banff where the experience is complemented with hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting, or ride the sleigh on the frozen and famous Lake Louise.
Another activity for all ages is the newly renovated Banff Gondola. Featuring a multi-level interpretive experience that allows kids to interact with 3D animal experiences, historical education, a camping experience, and the "Above Banff" theatre, this activity will keep the kids busy for hours.
Cave & Basin National Historic Site
The Cave & Basin National Historic Site is where Banff and the Canadian National Park system was founded. It also offers an interpretive experience, so families can enjoy the old-fashioned cars, pioneer-era exhibits, and best of all - the cave with natural flowing hot spring water.
The Banff Upper Hot Springs
The best value activity in Banff and great for families is the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Open year-round, the pools have a small wading pool for the little ones and are open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Discover Banff & Its Wildlife tour with Discover Banff Tours
Banff National Park is a wild place – it's a protected natural environment that has a unique history of humans and wildlife living side-by-side. Discover Banff Tours guides will not only tell you the history of how we have gotten to such a sustainable place, but they'll show you landmarks, historical points of reference, and if you're lucky – wildlife. This tour is a great introduction for the kids to what they have to explore in the area. Guides will bring props that will spark the curious and adventurous side of the kids.
For kids ages four and up, the Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mount Norquay Ski Resort offer tubing for the family. Mount Norquay offers night tubing in the heart of winter and both can be easily added onto a day of ski lessons.
Johnston Canyon Icewalk
For kids eight and older, White Mountain Adventures and Discover Banff Tours offer ice walks during the day and nighttime. These unique experiences offer a look at both human and geological history as guests hike through the canyon and a cave to the frozen waterfalls.
Kids age eight and up can stomp around deep powder of our winter wonderland in the Canadian Rockies. With no experience necessary, this winter activity is a great way to explore trails in Kootenay National Park with Discover Banff Tours or Sunshine Meadows with White Mountain Adventures or in Lake Louise with with Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Skating in Banff and Lake Louise is an iconic pastime and an activity that is never far away. Check out our blog, 8 Places To Skate In Banff National Park, for some inspiration.
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