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Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
The local supermarkets (e.g. Nesters or IGA in Banff) have many kosher shelf products.

Synagogue:
None, though check GoDaven for temporary minyanim

Things to Do:

Banff
Johnston Canyon hike, Upper Falls recommended, 2 hr round trip.
Banff Gondola, take boardwalk (15 min, spread out stairs) to peak for amazing views
Mountain Biking - e.g. Tunnel Bench Loop (moderate, lots of fun with great views)
Bow Falls and Bow River
Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake loop drive - boat cruise tour and speedboat rentals available

Lake Louise (45 min drive from Banff)
Shoreline trail walk
Canoe rentals
Lake Agnes teahouse hike (moderate, 2.5 hrs round-trip, can continue to Little Beehive or Big Beehive)
Plain of 6 Glaciers hike (moderate, 5-6 hrs round trip, Tea House along the way)
Lake Louise gondola


Moraine Lake (30 min drive south from LL)
Parking is extremely limited, arrive very early or later in the day, road is closed when parking is full
Walk along lake
Canoe rentals sometimes available
Rockpile climb to great viewpoint

Athabasca Glacier Adventure (90 min drive from Lake Louise or Jasper)
Early arrival recommended (first tour is at 10:30am, book online in advance)
2 hour duration, bring bottle to drink glacier water
Wear layers, temperature is unpredictable
Skywalk is a tourist trap, you can skip it and stay on bus to return to parking lot

Icefields Parkway drive from Athabasca Glacier to Banff with scenic stops:
Parker Ridge trail 2-hour round-trip hike (medium difficulty, uphill climb)
Peyto Lake viewed from Bow Summit (cars must park in lower lot and walk 10 min, but later in the day the upper lot can be used)
Bow Lake (quick pullout stop)

Jasper

Yoho Park


Hotels:

Getting Around:
A car is basically a must, though there are shuttles from Banff to the major attractions.
The nearest commercial airport is Calgary (YYC), a 90 min drive from Banff.

Notes:

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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #105 on: June 13, 2013, 05:34:57 PM »
Or go somewhere more conducive for a two year old
Precisely what I'm trying to figure out though not really grasping the situation there yet.

Are there enough stroller accessible hikes, lakes, and places to walk around to keep us occupied for a few days.

10 hour round-trip drives to Jasper are just not in the cards unless it's worth spending a night or 2 there.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #106 on: June 13, 2013, 05:36:37 PM »
It's a tough age because nothing will really be entertaining to him other than parks and children's museums
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« Reply #107 on: June 13, 2013, 05:39:06 PM »
It's a tough age because nothing will really be entertaining to him other than parks and children's museums
He's fine being pushed around in a stroller.
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« Reply #108 on: June 13, 2013, 05:40:27 PM »
He's fine being pushed around in a stroller.
I understand that, I meant for it to be interesting for him
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« Reply #109 on: June 13, 2013, 05:42:42 PM »
I understand that, I meant for it to be interesting for him
Don't really need a trip to be interesting for him.  Need it to be tolerable for him so it will be enjoyable for us.
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« Reply #110 on: June 13, 2013, 05:51:49 PM »
Don't really need a trip to be interesting for him.  Need it to be tolerable for him so it will be enjoyable for us.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #111 on: June 13, 2013, 06:07:52 PM »
Have you called the Fairmont and ask what they suggest? They should be able to tell you what can be done when bringing a baby.

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« Reply #112 on: June 13, 2013, 06:40:35 PM »
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« Reply #113 on: June 13, 2013, 07:10:42 PM »
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It's a tough age because nothing will really be entertaining to him other than parks and children's museums
And parks don't mean Disney
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Re: Banff Master Thread
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #116 on: June 20, 2013, 05:59:51 PM »
Precisely what I'm trying to figure out though not really grasping the situation there yet.

Are there enough stroller accessible hikes, lakes, and places to walk around to keep us occupied for a few days.

I personally think that there's no such thing as a stroller accessible "hike". Pleasant walk or stroll, sure. But a "hike"? The Kalalu trail is a hike. Narrow cliffside trails, climbing over rocks and roots, and arriving somewhere remote and beautiful as a reward.

I think going to Banff just for the views and some walks is a huge pity. Why not save it for when you could enjoy it properly, as well as do all the activities?

If I were you I'd go to Yellowstone and the Tetons. You'd still get insanely amazing scenery and most everything is stroller accessible (boardwalks). You have amazing mountains, canyons, waterfalls, and a million other things. The advantage over Banff is that the walks aren't just walks, but they take you up close to some of the most amazing thermal features, things you won't see anywhere else in the world. You could spend weeks there and not see it all. And not to mention that Rafi would love all the bison, antelope, and moose roaming free and up close. He'd probably also enjoy the rodeo in Cody.

Basically if you're going somewhere to see things instead of doing things, I think Yellowstone/Tetons is far more interesting.
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Re: Banff Master Thread
« Reply #117 on: June 20, 2013, 06:27:32 PM »
I personally think that there's no such thing as a stroller accessible "hike". Pleasant walk or stroll, sure. But a "hike"? The Kalalu trail is a hike. Narrow cliffside trails, climbing over rocks and roots, and arriving somewhere remote and beautiful as a reward.

I think going to Banff just for the views and some walks is a huge pity. Why not save it for when you could enjoy it properly, as well as do all the activities?

If I were you I'd go to Yellowstone and the Tetons. You'd still get insanely amazing scenery and most everything is stroller accessible (boardwalks). You have amazing mountains, canyons, waterfalls, and a million other things. The advantage over Banff is that the walks aren't just walks, but they take you up close to some of the most amazing thermal features, things you won't see anywhere else in the world. You could spend weeks there and not see it all. And not to mention that Rafi would love all the bison, antelope, and moose roaming free and up close. He'd probably also enjoy the rodeo in Cody.

Basically if you're going somewhere to see things instead of doing things, I think Yellowstone/Tetons is far more interesting.
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I loved the all day Waimea/Na Pali hike I did with my wife 3 years ago but those days are long gone.  I can't really picture the scenario when I'll be able to do Banff right until way in the future.

Plus we're spoiled and Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper have highly rated Fairmonts we can stay in for free and get several free massages to boot.
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« Reply #118 on: June 20, 2013, 06:32:40 PM »
Award availability this summer to Cody, WY seems dismal...
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« Reply #119 on: June 20, 2013, 06:52:36 PM »
Award availability this summer to Cody, WY seems dismal...

Check JAC, it's the closest. BIL is also an option, you drive the amazing Beartooth Highway to get to Yellowstone. IDA is about a two hour drive away, maybe check that out too.

I flew in to SLC, about 4 hours away, but much cheaper, many more options, and the drive itself is beautiful so it wasn't that bad.
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