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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Best Family Picnic Spots in Banff


It’s time to bring out those picnic chairs and sample some of the best family picnic spots in Banff!

If you’ve chosen the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets as your hotel in Banff, chances are you already have the groceries for the perfect picnic from your in-room kitchen
Head out for the day from your hotel in Banff to enjoy the scenic views and sandwiches.

Close to Home
Banff Recreation Grounds
Location – Banff, across the Bow River Bridge near the Luxton Museum
Facilities - 18 tables, 2 kitchen shelters, 2 toilet blocks
Close to home and with home comforts! Shelters and flushing toilets available.

Cascade Gardens
Location – Banff, Administration building
Located in the grounds of the historic Administration building, Cascade Gardens are beautifully landscaped gardens that are the perfect setting for a picnic.

Banff's Back Yard
Cascade Ponds
Location: Lake Minnewanka Road, 7 km from Banff
Facilities: 60 tables, flush toilets, kitchen shelter, fireplaces
You’ll find this open space just 5 minutes from Banff. Great spot for kite flying!

Lake Minnewanka
Location - Lake Minnewanka Road, 10 km from Banff
35 tables, flush toilets, 3 kitchen shelters, 2 fire rings, 6 fireplaces
Pull up a picnic chair at this iconic spot! Afterwards you can enjoy an hour long boat cruise around the lake to work off that lunch, before heading back to your Banff hotel.

Johnston Canyon

Location - Bow Valley Parkway, 25km from Banff

Facilities - 2 tables, toilets
Enjoy the easy hike to Johnson’s Canyon Lower Falls (or the Upper Falls if you’re feeling active) and reward yourself with a picnic after! Perfect day out from your hotel in Banff.

Johnson's Lake
Johnson Lake
Location - Lake Minnewanka Road, 14km from Banff
Facilities - 16 tables, toilets, 3 fire rings

With easy trails surrounding the picnic area and a picturesque lake to paddle in, this is a perfect family picnic spot. Locals Tip – See if you can find the elusive rope swing or the secret beach!
Location - Bow Valley Parkway, 15km from Banff
Facilities - 10 tables, toilets

Take a rest stop on the Bow Valley Parkway at this scenic picnic place. While you’re there, see if you can spot the peculiar ‘hole in the wall’ cave halfway up the mountain!

Enjoy this low cost, family activity on your next vacation to your hotel in Banff.

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff’s finest Family Accommodation

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