1. Gondola Rides and Mountain Views
One way to witness the incredible mountain scenery of Banff National Park in all its glory is by taking the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. For a lot of kids, the nearly 2km-ride on the gondola is the highlight, but the breathtaking views ain't bad either!
2. Exploring Caves and Banff's Hot Springs
For an alternative experience of viewing the stunning geographic features of Banff is to venture underground and explore the amazing Cave and Basin National Historic Site
After rambling through the well-lit, spacious underground cave network that's accessible for kids aged 2 and up, relax and warm up in the natural thermal hot springs. You can also enjoy natural hot springs with incredible alpine views at Banff Upper Hot Springs if you really warm up to Banff's geothermal offerings.
3. Go for a Summer Paddle
Any active members in the family? Don't worry, Banff has more than enough world-class outdoor activity opportunities to tire out even the most hyperactive of children.
During summer, go canoeing at Lake Minnewanka, take a pony trek to spot local wildlife, or try one of the many kid-friendly hiking trails of varying difficulty crisscrossing Tunnel Mountain and Mount Cory. Kids will love the impressive glacier-fed Bow Falls, or you can explore the 3 beautiful Vermilion Lakes by bike.
4. Spend a Day on the Slopes
Of course, winter doesn't bring any decrease in outdoor family activities, with Banff's amazing array of family-friendly ski resorts. Depending on the age, ability level, and preference of your family, you might prefer the stunning views and steep slopes of Lake Louise to the gentle, easy-going pistes and family-focused facilities of Sunshine Village; or the smaller crowds and convenient location of Mt. Norquay might be the ticket.