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Family Friendly Attractions in Banff

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Thrill-seeking families will find more attractions in Banff than they can shake a ski pole at. The friendly town puts on plenty of entertainment and activities, while the surrounding mountains are a natural playground for all ages, whether you have little ones finding their ski legs for the first time, or teens looking for some serious fun on the slopes.

 

Skiing and snowboarding

 

Containing 3 world-class ski resorts, Banff National Park is one of the top winter sports destinations on the planet. With so much space and mountain variety, there’s excellent provision for all levels, with miles of beginners’ runs and endless backcountry for extreme heli-skiing.

 

Lake Louise Ski Resort

 

The largest of the resorts, Lake Louise Ski Area has everything for a family ski break. There’s a well-resourced ski school, which will teach the basics to kids as young as 3. Meanwhile, young snowboarders looking for adrenaline highs will be in their element at the terrain park.

 

1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise AB T0L 1E0. Tel: +1 403 522 3555

 

Lake Louise Ski Resort website

 

Indoor entertainment

 

If things get a little chilly out on the slopes, but the kids are still raring to go, make the most of Banff’s indoor entertainment. There’s a range of activities on offer in the leisure centers, including bowling alleys and the latest movies.

 

Lux Cinema

 

Grab some popcorn, pop on your 3D glasses, and be swept away on a blockbuster adventure at Banff’s movie mecca. With the latest Hollywood releases and Banff Film Festival specials, it makes a great retreat for the afternoon.

 

229 Bear Street, Banff AB T1L 1H8. Tel: +1 403 762 8595

 

Lux Cinema website

 

Animal adventures

 

Whether you come in winter or summer, the whole family can experience thrilling animal adventures, learning some of the skills the early pioneers used in these mountains and building an affinity with the animals, from packs of huskies to trusty horses.
Howling Dog Tours

 

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of speeding through the snow with a pack of wild huskies. With sleds designed to fit 2 adults and 2 children, and guides on hand to help, it’s an exhilarating way for your clan to take in the stunning Rockies.

 

712 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore ABT1W 2H4. Tel: +1 403 678 9588

 

Howling Dog Tours website

 

 

Holiday on Horseback

 

When the mountains burst into the colors of summer, it’s the perfect time to hit the backcountry trails on horseback. You can experience the pioneer way of life with traditional cookouts, and enjoy the epic surroundings of lush forests and jagged peaks. Children aged 6 and up can be accommodated.

 

132 Banff Avenue, Banff AB T1L 1C1. Tel: +1 403 762 4551

 

Holiday on Horseback website

 

Family dining

 

Banff offers the best in mountain dining, with warming fondues and satisfying steaks to fortify you after activity-filled days. There’s international cuisine too, with everything from Asian to Italian fare. Plenty of the restaurants in Banff are family friendly, offering children’s menus and special deals.

 

Chinook Family Restaurant

 

With relaxed buffets, themed evening meals, and a famous Sunday Brunch, the Chinook Family Restaurant takes the stress out of family dining. There are dedicated children’s menus, and best of all, under-5s eat free at specialty buffet nights and at the Sunday brunch.

 

222 Lynx Street, Banff AB T1L 1K5. Tel: +1 403 762 4433

 

Chinook Family Restaurant website

 

Timberwolf Pizza & Café

 

After a day on the ski slopes, Timberwolf Pizza & Café will satisfy the most ravenous of appetites. Kids will love the novelty of building their own pasta or pasta dishes, and a wide choice of toppings makes it ideal for picky eaters.

 

210 Village Road, Lake Louise AB T0L 1E0. Tel: +1 403 522 3700

 

Timberwolf Pizza & Café website