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Family - Rockies Road Trip

Experience the best of Family Vacations in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta


The best way to experience Canada’s Western Mountain Region is a road trip through the stunning mountain vistas. Your drive through the Canadian Rockies will include sparkling emerald lakes, charming towns, and lots of wildlife viewing. Included are some suggestions that you can use to help outline your rocky mountain road trip.

Day one Edmonton to Jasper

Three and a half hours due west of Edmonton is Jasper National Park and The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Along the way keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and the Rocky Mountains emerging in the distance. After checking into The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge the day is yours to explore the 700-acres of property and endless activities. 

Day two The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

After a hearty breakfast rent a transparent canoe for a ride on Lac Beauvert, saddle up for a horseback trail ride, sign the kids up for Kids Camp while mom and dad rejuvenate in the new Fairmont Spa or play a round on Canada’s #1 resort golf course. Kids under eighteen can play golf for free daily after 1:00pm when accompanying an adult. After a day full of fun enjoy dinner at one of the hotels’ family friendly restaurants and reminisce about your first day in the Rockies. At The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, kids under five eat free and kids under twelve eat for 50% off.

Day three Jasper to Lake Louise

Embark on one of the worlds most spectacular drives, three and a half hours down the Icefields Parkway. Along the journey highlights include the Athabasca Falls, the chance to spot wildlife like bear, moose, deer and elk and the magnificent Columbia Icefields, where you can board a massive Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. As you arrive at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise you might be lucky enough to be greeted by hotel mascot Bow the Bear or Sonny the hotel dog.

Day four The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Wake up early and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the newly renovated Poppy Brasserie before setting out for a day of adventure in Banff National Park. Pick up lunch to-go from the Chateau Deli and visit the Lake Louise Gondola, or take an exhilarating white-water rafting trip, horseback trail ride or simply enjoy a leisurely canoe ride on Lake Louise. The Chateau offers unique kids programming from photography classes to kids hiking and cooking classes with our chefs. In the evening enjoy dinner in the family friendly setting of the Poppy Brasserie or Walliser Stube. At The Chateau, kids under five eat free and kids under twelve eat for 50% off.

Day five Lake Louise to Banff

After breakfast and before checking out be sure to get your photo with Bow the Bear or Sonny the hotel dog. Continue your journey through Banff National Park forty-five minutes east to The Fairmont Banff Springs. After checking in, explore the hotel grounds, take a dip in the outdoor pool or visit the hotels’ own bowling centre. Be sure to register the kids for tomorrows’ RU Ready sports program or The Fairmont Banff Springs Kids Club for a day of exploration they won’t soon forget. From learning how to golf, to wilderness scavenger hunts, photography, nature hikes and bowling, it’s a memorable day of fun in the Rockies with The Fairmont Banff Springs Kids Club.

Day six The Fairmont Banff Springs

Start the day with our impressive breakfast buffet featuring traditional favourites and new world flavours. As the little ones head off to RU Ready or The Fairmont Banff Springs Kids Club, mom and dad can enjoy a round of golf on the renowned Fairmont Banff Springs golf course, indulge at the Willow Stream spa, or explore the vibrant town of Banff for authentically local shopping. Discover the history of this grand hotel as a family with a historical hotel tour, daily at 3pm. Afterwards enjoy dinner at one of the hotel’s many restaurants featuring everything from fresh sushi, to homegrown favourites such as bison, elk or beef. At The Fairmont Banff Springs, kids under five eat free and kids under twelve eat for 50% off.

Day seven Banff to Calgary

Enjoy a quick breakfast at the Castle Pantry, explore the hotel grounds and be sure to get the famous family photo on the Rundle Terrace before checking out. Transfer one and a half hours to the city of Calgary or the Calgary International Airport to conclude your Canadian Rocky Mountain family adventure.