Traveling with Children
The natural wonders of Alberta make it a marvelous place to bring children on a vacation, and luckily, many of the best things to do—walking, watching wildlife, and more—don’t cost a cent.
Admission and tour prices for children are included throughout the destination chapters of this book. As a general rule, these reduced prices are for children aged 6–16 years. For two adults and two or more children, always ask about family tickets. Children under six nearly always get in free. Most hotels and motels will happily accommodate children, but always try to reserve your room in advance and let the reservations desk know the ages of your kids. Often, children stay free in major hotels, and in the case of some major chains—such as Holiday Inn—eat free also. Generally, bed-and-breakfasts aren’t suitable for children and in some cases don’t accept kids at all. Ask ahead.
As a general rule, when it comes to traveling with children it’s a good idea to let them help you plan the trip, looking at websites and reading up on the province together. To make your vacation more enjoyable if you’ll be spending a lot of time on the road, rent a minivan (all major rental agencies have a supply). Don’t forget to bring along favorite toys and games from home—whatever you think will keep your kids entertained when the joys of sightseeing wear off.
The website of Travel Alberta (www.travelalberta.com) has a section devoted to children’s activities within the province. A handy source of general information is the website Traveling with Your Kids (www.travelwithyourkids.com).
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition