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canada trip with three kids in june

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canada trip with three kids in june

we are headed to canada on the 15th june until july 3rd with three kids 6,8,10.

we are flying into calgary and flying out of vancouver

we are trying to work out an itinerary that is child friendly. eg seeing as much wildlife, not too much drivng etc

any ideas?

thanks heaps

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1. Re: canada trip with three kids in june

Welcome to the forum, snikh ~

There are lots of ideas already in place on the Canadian Rockies Forum, the more senior forum to this one. Click on the blue print link just above your avatar to go there.

Once there, look in the Top Questions to the upper right. In that section, you will find the question "what itineraries?" which is a link to Trip Reports left by other visitors. Also in the TQs, you will find an article about which route to choose to drive from Calgary to Vancouver.

Another very valuable activity is to read other questions being asked and replies being given, again on the more senior CR Forum. Doing this is an invaluable way to pick up planning, itinerary and route information. Read on to p. 2, 3, 4, ..... as needed.

A very useful tool for generating driving routes, distances and times is:

maps.google.com

Because your journey will take place 90% in BC, you might also find helpful information on the BC online Tourism website:

www.hellobc.com

With 19 nights, you will be able to sort a very nice vacation. You could even take a couple of days for a portion of Vancouver Island if that appealed to you, or you could wend your way through some pretty attractive locations in BC to make a week of it to get to the coast.

July 1 is Canada Day here and a busy long weekend everywhere. Reservations would be needed in advance for accommodations for that weekend.

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2. Re: canada trip with three kids in june

A couple of questions for you, if I may:

1. What is your definition of "not too much driving"?

2. Are you interested in seeing anything in the US, or do you just want to stick to Alberta and BC?

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3. Re: canada trip with three kids in june

The first thing that comes to mind, given your childrens' ages is the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. I really think you should make that detour on the first leg of your trip. Drumheller is about an hour's drive east of Calgary. The Tyrrell Museum is home to the world's best collection of dinosaur skeletons, as well as interesting interpretive displays about dinosaurs. They might really enjoy that. So, depending on what time you land in Calgary, you could either head straight out there after you collect your rental car and overnight there when you're finished, or overnight in Calgary and head to Drumheller the following morning. Depending on how much time you spent in the museum, you could have time left in your day when you're finished to proceed to your next planned stop.

Another place that is really neat (and not just for children) is the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump interpretive centre, west of Fort Macleod. Fort Macleod is about a 2 hour drive south of Calgary.

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Thank you so much for your information

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