One of the best wedding gifts Hubs and I got was to use 1 week of a family friends time share to go anywhere we wanted. It was hard to choose, but after a lot of research we decided to explore Canada a little more and headed to Alberta. We had an amazing time checking out Drumheller and Banff. Although we had a great time, there are still many places in Alberta I would like to check out. Only the next time we go we will have 3 kids in tow. Here are 6 places to check out in Alberta when traveling with kids.
Six Magical Places to Travel in Alberta with Kids
Right in the heart of Jasper National Park, Maligne Canyon is a versatile hike that you can take as part of popular guided tours from a touring company in town, or easily go it on your own. A completely different landscape between the winter and summer, it’s one of the most popular canyons in the park, with five different hiking paths to choose from.
Source of the Springs Trail
An easily trail that’s perfect for hiking with small children, the Source of the Springs trail is mostly paved path, with plenty to see along the way. It’s not very often you reach a cool end to a trail, so quickly. In under fifteen minutes, you can find an abandoned resort pool and the source of the springs, where the hot spring water comes out of the ground. Immediately the kids will want to touch it, which is fine – as it’s not too hot. The best part of this walk is the fact there’s plenty to see, all the way up the short trail.
Cat Creek Falls
It’s like something out of a movie, the hike to the falls. After the flood a few years ago, parts of the road at the access park have actually been washed away. You’ll have to park off to the side of the road, and start your journey through the park that’s been closed to vehicles. Crossing the road, and following the path for the out and back hike that takes less than two hours, you’re rewarded at the end with a gorgeous set of falls, and a hike that’s a bit long, but with terrain that’s easy enough for a very young child.
Hard Luck Canyon
A quick kilometer long out and back trail can be found in Whitecourt, that’s home to a Canyon. fast hike with kids, on a flat trail with no elevation gain, the canyon is easily accessed with stairs. During spring, and after it’s been raining in the summer, there’s a small set of falls in the canyon with a small pool to take a dip that seems to be there regardless of the season. A quick jaunt from Edmonton, it’s worth a day trip if you find yourself in the area, as there are very few places as accessible where the kids can walk inside an actual canyon, after a ten-minute walk. Here’s where to find Hard Luck Canyon in Whitecourt.
There’s magic to be found on the banks of Lake Louise, during the summer with the crystal blue lake – and through the winter with the magic of a massive ice castle. In the warmer season, head out to the docks and rent a canoe from one of the local touring companies, getting on the water yourself. In the winter, head to the lake for the magical Ice Magic Festival, where crowds flock to see ice carvers from around the world compete.
Columbia Ice Fields
There’s something about taking a giant bus out to the ice fields, and having the chance to walk around when just a few minutes earlier you were just wearing shorts and a tee. Visit during the summer with kids, and see ice as far as the eyes can see. Easily accessible in just a short round trip from Jasper or Banff, the Columbia Ice Fields offer a great learning experience about the environment around us.
There are so many things to see and do as a family in Alberta. If you have a little paleontologist in your family then a visit to the Royal Tyrell Museum is a must as well. Now if you are going to be flying then don’t forget to check out or tips for dealing with unexpected layovers with kids and tips for packing a carry on for a child. No matter where you end up visiting, relax and have fun making family memories!