Top Ten Family Activities in Banff National Park
ATV TOURING Experience the beauty of the backwoods from an ATV. Toby Creek Adventures offers guided tours. Great fun for you and your teenage kids!
BANFF RECREATION GROUNDS If getting together with friends and family for a game and a cookout is on your list, then the Banff Recreation Grounds is the place to be. The Rec Grounds features three ball diamonds, a rugby/soccer field, three shelters and multiple picnic sites, an outdoor surfaced basketball court, two playgrounds, two tennis courts and an impressive bike park.
BANKHEAD An easy hike to Bankhead will reward your kids with a fascinating abandoned miner’s camp to explore! Located on the Lake Minnewanka loop.
CAMPING The 13 Banff National Park campgrounds offer 2,468 sites and are very affordable. The demand for campgrounds peaks from June through September, with July and August being the busiest. Most campgrounds operate on a first come, first serve basis.
CANOEING Canoeing on the Bow River is the quintessential Canadian activity; a peaceful way to explore Banff National Park. Rent a canoe or kayak from the Banff Canoe Club, located 5 minutes from downtown Banff. www.banffcanoeclub.com
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD GLACIER ADVENTURE At 389 square kilometres, the Columbia Icefield Glacier is the largest icefield south of Alaska. Local coaches take tours through the Athabasca Glacier; guided hikes will take participants to glacier headwalls, where the ice is over 1,000 feet thick. www.ExploreRockies.com
GLACIER SKYWALK Making its debut in May 2014, the Glacier Skywalk is your front row seat to nature’s most grand performance. You may feel as though you’re walking on air. glacierskywalk.ca
HIKE TO A TEA HOUSE The two tea houses up at Lake Louise—The Lake Agnes Tea House and The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House—offer stunning views while you savour a pot of freshly steeped tea, and enjoy soup, sandwiches and dessert.
HORSEBACK RIDING Banff Trail Riders has been helping travellers explore the wilderness on horseback since 1962. They provide 17 unique trips to choose from. Go trail-riding along the wildlife-rich shores of the Bow River for a few hours, take the family on an authentic cowboy cookout or stay at a comfortable lodge nestled in backcountry.
SWIM SPOTS The Cascade Ponds site is a local favourite, with shallow water and expansive grassy areas making this a great place for families to spend time. Also nearby are Johnson Lake, Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka, the Park’s largest lake.