For families looking for fun activities they can enjoy together, there are a lot of towns all across Canada that have a lot to offer. But Banff isn’t just any town. Located inside of Banff National Park, a place so spectacular the United Nations has named it a protected World Heritage Site, Banff is one of Canada’s most cherished treasures.
Here are five fun ways to share it with your loved ones:
Ski the Slopes
Like skiing and/or snowboarding? Banff is home to two of the best family-friendly ski resorts in the country: Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. The skiing here is so good, in fact, that any winter sports fanatics in your family might start bugging you to invest in Banff homes for sale so they can keep coming back over and over and over again. Heck, you might even do just that.
Go Horseback Riding
Not the right time of the year for skiing? You and the kids can still experience the rush of riding down the mountain, just on the back of horses instead of mounds of snow. Thanks to Banff Trail Riders, your family can take in some of the region’s most beautiful scenic views while simultaneously getting acquainted with a fuzzy new friend. Smaller children can even ride along in a wagon, pioneer-style.
Explore Some Caves
Not just any caves, mind you. Cave and Basin National Historic Site is located at the site of the town’s famous hot springs, giving adventurous families the opportunity to go underground and discover just what makes Banff so special. Learn the history of the area and the science of geothermal heating. Smell the sulfur. Interact with hands-on exhibits. You may even catch a glimpse of the rare, endangered Banff Spring Snail!
Take a Dip
Speaking of hot springs, you might want to take a dip in Banff’s relaxing mineral waters yourself. In contrast to the chilly, glacier-fed waters of the local lakes and rivers, Banff’s naturally heated springs can typically be found at temperatures between 95 and 100 degrees. Considering how cold the area’s climate is, it makes for a refreshing change of pace, especially after a long day of hiking, sightseeing, and snowball fights.
Search for Ghosts
Despite the name, Bankhead Ghost Town (located on the very outskirts of Banff) isn’t believed to be haunted. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to pretend. Abandoned in the early 20th century, this cluster of stone buildings and rusting train cars sits in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies, silent and still. In other words, it’s a perfect place to take some cool snapshots and maybe tell a scary story or two. Just be careful not to spook the little ones too much.