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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #60 on: June 03, 2013, 03:06:39 PM »
Jasper is 7:20 round-trip according to Google.

That's much more than I'd want to drive in a day on vacation.  I'd rather skip it.

Well if you look at it that way your right but when you put together an itinerary its not that simple. There are lakes and falls that are 1.5 2 hours away from banff and if your there anyway its just another hour to jasper. but frankly I dont think rafi will have such a thrill walking on ice and you can skip it.

Keep in mind that part of the beauty of banff is the driving. Banff is vast and seeing stunning views and wildlife wherever you go - you actually enjoy the drive.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #61 on: June 03, 2013, 03:10:09 PM »

If there aren't any kid friendly hikes what is there to do with a kid? Am I better off going someplace else?
There is a lot more to Banff then hikes. But if your looking specifically for a kid friendly place go to Disneyland. But if you do want to go to banff, I dont think bringing a kid is so bad.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #62 on: June 03, 2013, 03:11:17 PM »
There is a lot more to Banff then hikes.
That's what I'm asking.  What is there to do and how many days should be devoted to it?
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #63 on: June 03, 2013, 03:32:43 PM »
That's what I'm asking.  What is there to do and how many days should be devoted to it?
Its gets dark very lat there so you can plan a full day. I think 3 week days should be good if your not going to jasper.

The thread basically covers all the sites there. Bow lake and the Banff gondola are both in banff. I dont know if can take a baby on a canoe but the walk around the lake is nice. Lake Louise is about 45 min drive but is a must see. There is a fairmont there and a beautiful walking path around the lake which should be fine with a good stroller. Lake Moraine is probably even nicer then lake Louise and is about a half hour a way there also stroller no problem.
Lake minnawanka loop is a drive so no problem there and there is a nice picnic area there as well and maybe a boat ride.
then you have the further attractions such as peyto lake emerald lake Takawwawa falls etc which are all nice to see and dont require any hiking.

If you want you can try calling the concierge at one of the Fairmonts and ask the concierge for more ideas, but keep in mind that just being there is gorgeous you don't have to run on a hike to enjoy the beauty.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2013, 11:19:37 PM »
Dan, any plans yet? Please post as I'm planning a vacation this summer and can't decide what to do with the small ones joining me.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #65 on: June 10, 2013, 11:23:58 PM »
Still unsure if going to Banff with the little one is worthwhile.  There are probably better options out there but I keep going back and forth.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #66 on: June 10, 2013, 11:29:36 PM »
I spent a couple of weeks in the Canadian Rockies a few years ago and would certainly do it with a baby. There is plenty to see without much hiking and for the small hikes, like the ones around Morraine lake etc, you can take a baby carrier.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #67 on: June 10, 2013, 11:31:00 PM »
I spent a couple of weeks in the Canadian Rockies a few years ago and would certainly do it with a baby. There is plenty to see without much hiking and for the small hikes, like the ones around Morraine lake etc, you can take a baby carrier.
2 years olds don't go in baby carriers and aren't likely to want to stay on a path so unless it's stroller friendly it's a tough sell.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #68 on: June 10, 2013, 11:31:56 PM »
2 years olds don't go in baby carriers and aren't likely to want to stay on a path so unless it's stroller friendly it's a tough sell.
Not even the carriers that go on the back?

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #69 on: June 10, 2013, 11:39:27 PM »
Even if I had the strength to do that most 2 year olds aren't gonna want to be like that for more than 2 minutes.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #70 on: June 10, 2013, 11:44:16 PM »
Even if I had the strength to do that most 2 year olds aren't gonna want to be like that for more than 2 minutes.
I hear that. When I was in the Canadian rockies I did a 5 day hike carrying a tent and 45 pounds on my back for days, rock climbing and hiking up and down mountains etc., but in a way a kid in the back can be even harder I guess.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #71 on: June 10, 2013, 11:45:59 PM »
Infinitely harder.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #72 on: June 10, 2013, 11:53:36 PM »
Infinitely harder.
Yeh, not you nor the 2 year old will enjoy it.

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #73 on: June 11, 2013, 07:03:21 PM »
The key questions are: What do you plan on doing there? How does Rafi behave on such trips?

You'll be limited traveling with a 2 year old to the Canadian Rockies.  Most of the attraction is the scenery- lakes, hiking, boating etc... and the driving! I know that my two year would not behave on such a trip! She doesn't last in the carriage or car seat for more than 5 minutes!! If I remember correctly, most of the basic paths/ trails can be done with a stroller.  Also, some of the lakes have a special handicap access (I remember this for Peyto Lake forsure- however, you're compromising on the view by using it.) As far as attractions: find out if there are any restrictions... I did a quick search- Banff Gondola and the Columbian Icefields allow little ones onboard. Not sure about boating- are little children allowed on canoes, kayaks etc??
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #74 on: June 11, 2013, 07:05:24 PM »
Can you take a babysitter along?? You'll definitely enjoy the trip much more that way!! The Canadian Rockies is really awesome- I can't wait to get back there!