Get into the holiday spirit with a quick family trip to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. We just returned from a magical weekend of fairy lights, marshmallow roasting, tubing, carols and brunch with the big man himself. Check out our top Christmas activities for kids in Banff below. 1. Float above the clouds on the Banff Gondola The Banff Gondola’s free Mountaintop Christmas activities run through January 7, 2018. Book your lift tickets in advance to save 10%. Kids will love the cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa, Disney’s Prep & Landing movie, meeting the big man in red, and the Christmas themed treasure hunt. Parents will love sipping a glass of bubbly in Sky Bistro, while devouring epic views
Travelling with my pint-sized ruler can be exhausting. To date, our holidays have focused on beach destinations. Why? Because, when an overtired eighteen-month old flings a bowl of scalding hot oatmeal onto my lap I at least want an ocean view. However, I’ve found two to be a magical age. A real shift from baby toddler to mini-human has occurred. It also opens up a whole new realm of travel. City attractions like zoos, amusement parks and science centres now capture my daughter’s interest and hold her attention. Even better, most offer free admission for tots under three. With direct flights and heaps of family friendly activities, Edmonton hit the mark for our foray into the world of city exploration.
Canada’s wild west is well known for its beef, annual stampede and warm hospitality. While Calgary’s previously mentioned mainstays remain strong, the ever-growing city is quickly gaining notoriety in the culinary world. My husband and I have visited greater Calgary on a few occasions and always opted for steakhouses and burger joints to capitalize on Alberta’s famous beef. Our recent trip, however, held a different challenge: to seek out Calgary’s a-typical, unique eateries and order anything but beef. Breakfast: Jelly Modern Doughnuts Homer Simpson, and police forces throughout the country, could very well loose their minds in Jelly modern doughnuts – a chic little artisan doughnut shop that pays homage to one of Canada’s favourite morning treats. Using organic and
My last trip to the great Canadian Rockies was a in a 1986 gold Ford Station Wagon with tent trailer in tow. Standout memories of that family vacation include my younger brother’s face an inch from mine whispering ‘not touching’, waiting at the side of the highway for my father to return with coolant for the car (a recurring theme of our road trips), and my mum’s large wooden spoon carefully positioned as constant reminder for us to behave. Travelling GoldLeaf service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer promised to be a more relaxing experience. The two-day journey from Vancouver to Banff kicked off with a gourmet breakfast followed by Caesars and beer from the comfort of our sundrenched glass-dome cart. There