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Which trip w/ an 8 yr old...Vancouver? Banff? Cape Breton?

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Which trip w/ an 8 yr old...Vancouver? Banff? Cape Breton?

Posting this question on the three different forums in question, so I apologize for anyone who is reading it twice (or thrice)...

We are considering a summer trip to Canada and having trouble narrowing down the destinations, they all sound so wonderful. I've read the "Where should we go?" tips in the FAQ section and it just added to my indecision. :)

We're 2 parents with a child who will be 8 at time of trip, traveling in July or very early August, flying out of Atlanta. Our son is pretty easy to entertain and is an adventurous traveler.

We'll have 7 or 8 nights to spend in our destination of choice. We are OK with renting a car, though public transport is always a plus.

We like outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and watersports, good (casual) food, dramatic scenery, beach and/or mountains, historical sites and generally a laid-back atmosphere. We enjoy museums and culture as well, but they are not a must.

My husband prefers to limit our "home base" lodging to no more than 2 places (flying into Point A and staying for a few days in one hotel, traveling to Point B and staying a few days in another hotel, then returning to the first spot to fly home).

Here are the tentative itineraries we have tossed around. Given the time of year (i.e. weather) and our interests/needs, I would love any advice about which sounds like the best match.

1. Fly into Vancouver and spend 3-4 nights, take the train to Whistler and spend 4-5 nights, return to Vancouver for a final night before flying home.

2. Fly into Calgary, spend 2 nights, drive to Banff/Lake Louise for 5-6 nights, return home from Calgary.

3. Fly into Halifax for 3 nights, drive to Cape Breton Island for 4-5 nights, return home from Halifax.

Thank you in advance!

Vancouver-by-the-Sea
Destination Expert
for British Columbia
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11. Re: Which trip w/ an 8 yr old...Vancouver? Banff? Cape Breton?

"I can’t get Atlantic lobster here"

Here's a place down on Granville Island with tanks full of them-I was just there 20 minutes ago

http://lobsterman.com/

Sechelt, BC
Destination Expert
for Sunshine Coast
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12. Re: Which trip w/ an 8 yr old...Vancouver? Banff? Cape Breton?

Thanks sam for that link - that's great. Next time I am there I will swing by and pick some up. Very costly but it’s great to know I can get a fix once in awhile. Yummy – looking forward to it.

Birmingham, Alabama
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13. Re: Which trip w/ an 8 yr old...Vancouver? Banff? Cape Breton?

Thank you again for the advice, everyone! I think we've chosen Cape Breton for this trip for several reasons, but we're planning to visit Vancouver in the future. Can't wait to get there someday!

Vancouver, Canada
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14. Re: Which trip w/ an 8 yr old...Vancouver? Banff? Cape Breton?

I love love love! Cape Breton. Have a great time!

15. Re: Which trip w/ an 8 yr old...Vancouver? Banff? Cape Breton?

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