- By kevin
- On Apr 17, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
We'd like to share the best family vacations in Canada with you here, and we'd like to recommended the Banff tour from Vancouver on the Globerouter.com website with great discount nowdays. Banff caters to intrepid explorers who prefer to end the day in a nice hotel rather than roughing it at the campgrounds (though, there are plenty of those, too).
Best Family Vacations Destinations in Canada
Located about an hour's drive north of town, Moraine Lake is the visual highlight of any Banff trip and labeled a must-see bucket list item by many recent visitors. Nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, the lake mirrors the snowcapped peaks and is surrounded by backcountry hiking trails. The easiest trail is the flat Moraine Lakeshore path, which starts near Moraine Lake Lodge and takes about 45 minutes to complete (round-trip). As you walk along the lakeshore, you'll spot stunning views of Mount Fay and the Fay Glacier. If you've got a bit more time on your hands, consider embarking on the nearly 2-mile Consolation Lakes trail, which takes about two hours to complete. You'll encounter some elevation gains with this one, but you'll be rewarded with views of the high alpine meadows, enormous talus slopes and the Quadra Glacier. For a detailed list of all the available hikes in this area, visit the Parks Canada website.
When you're not admiring the bright blue waters from the trail (rock silt that's deposited into the lake from melting glaciers contributes to its vibrant hue), consider hopping in a canoe and experiencing it for yourself. You can rent canoes at the nearby Moraine Lake Lodge (rentals are available from mid-June to mid-September), which is also where you'll find parking and restrooms. Speaking of parking, recent visitors offer a word of caution: Parking becomes scarcer as the day progresses; if you can, try to get to the lake early in the morning. Not only will you have an easier time securing a parking spot, but you'll enjoy a little more peace during your hike or paddle on the lake. Canoe rentals cost CA$105 (or about $83).
Note: Moraine Lake Road is closed from mid-October to mid-May due to avalanche risk (mid- to late summer is considered the best time to go). Check the Parks Canada website for more information. If you're driving from Banff, you can reach the lake by taking the Trans-Canada Highway to Moraine Lake Drive. It doesn't cost anything to hike around the lake, but you will have to fork over some coin if you want to rent any equipment from the lodge. Parks Canada does offer a handful of free shuttles in the summer season to Moraine Lake, but driving yourself may be the most convenient option.
Lake Louise Ski Resort
The Lake Louise Ski Area is one of Banff's most popular ski locales and one of the largest ski areas in North America. It encompasses three mountains, 145 runs – including a 3,250-foot vertical rise – 10 lifts and a terrain park, not to mention several lodges touting top-notch eateries. Plus, Lake Louise boasts one of the longest ski seasons in North America: The first chair runs in early November and doesn't stop until mid-May. Though Lake Louise is a skier's paradise, it also provides other activities, such as snowshoeing and tubing. And when the weather warms up, the resort offers guided hikes, a wildlife interpretative center and a sightseeing gondola.
According to recent visitors, this resort is home to some of the best skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Reviewers were quick to praise the knowledgeable staff and manicured trails. Visitors also applauded the variety of après-ski venues; travelers especially loved the eateries in the Temple Lodge.
Sitting approximately 35 miles northwest of Banff Town, the Lake Louise Ski Area is open daily for skiing, snowboarding and tubing from late November until the beginning of May. The lift operates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Summer services generally start the second week of May; lift hours vary by month. Lift ticket prices fluctuate from season to season. Full-day tickets cost CA$104 (about $83) for adults ages 18 to 64, CA$79 for youths between 13 and 17, and CA$39 (about $31) for kids between the 6 and 12. If you purchased a SkiBig3 Season Pass, you'll enjoy unlimited skiing and riding at Sunshine Village, as well as Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mount Norquay. Summer lift tickets cost CA$35.95 (about $28) for adults and CA$16.95 (around $13.50) for children. If you're coming from Banff, you can drive or hop on a free bus that will drop you off at the resort and take you back into town.