Banff Jasper Collection

From avoiding the crowds to free family fun, bringing the kids to Banff is all about planning ahead.

1. Be smart and bundle

Instead of buying all your attraction tickets individually, save money by booking together. Pursuit Pass bundles together top attractions, including the Banff Gondola, Columbia Icefield Adventure, Golden Skybridge and Lake Minnewanka Cruise. Not only will you see more and do more with a Pursuit Pass, you can also save up to 40% on attraction bookings.

A little planning can mean spending less — purchase your Pursuit Pass for the season and plan your visits ahead! Plus, children under five go free. How's that for a family-friendly deal?

A father and son look out the Banff Gondola cabin

2. Be an early bird (if you have kids, you probably already are!)

Not a fan of crowds? If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, the best time to visit attractions is early in the morning. It’s also a great time to see some of the local wildlife.

Visit the Banff Gondola during the first two hours of the day and receive one child admission for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Kids receive an explorer's map that guides them around the summit with fun games and interactive activities. Plus, enjoying your morning coffee while taking in Banff's best views from the gondola is a truly spectacular way to start your day.

3. Be adventurous

There’s no better place to find family thrills than Golden Skybridge — the perfect destination for an adventurous day trip from Banff.

A man and girl set up their harnesses

The little ones can get a taste of sky-high fun at the Treetop Play Area, or level up to the 28-foot rock climbing wall or the Canyon Edge Challenge Course. Adventurers looking to take their visit to even greater heights can soar above the canyon on the Sky Zipline or carve the mountainside aboard the Railrider Mountain Coaster. Can’t decide on just one activity? With an Adventure Pass, you can do them all!

4. Be ready to embrace the calm

If you’re visiting multiple towns in the area, why not travel between locations on one of our sightseeing tours? Get picked up from Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper (tour-dependent) and spend the journey between destinations learning with your kids. Relaxing and informative, our tours are the perfect way to travel!

A boat captain talks to visitors.

5. Be a super parent and keep the kids busy

Finding a holiday destination that suits the whole family can be tricky. Luckily, Banff offers plenty of fun and educational experiences for all ages. Kids sail free every day on the Lake Minnewanka Cruise thanks to the Family Experience. Plus, they'll pick up tons of cool new local facts courtesy of our Junior Explorer booklets.

Banff is full of outdoor playgrounds, waterfalls, family-friendly hikes, picnic spots and even a pool at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Complex. Just choose your adventure and slot a few activities into each day!

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