Life With Dolls

Taryn goes to Banff

Last week we headed to Banff, Alberta for a few days, and we just had to take Taryn along for the ride!


There is a lot to see and do in Banff, the Banff Springs Hotel, the Sulfur Mountain Gondola,  loads of hiking trails, just to name a few.  If you are ever in the area Banff is certainly worth a visit.  Remember to dress warm as you are in the mountains!  (When we left Calgary for this trip is was 30 degrees in Banff, it was about 10… brrr!)

While we were there we stayed at the Douglas Fir Resorts & Chalets.  We stayed in a “Loft in Lodge” room, I was so impressed by it!


There was a full bath, kitchen (complete with dishes and a dishwasher!), and a dining table.  The photo in the bottom right hand corner was the upstairs, which had two queen-sized beds a tv, and a half bath!


These are some photos of the living room on the main floor of our room.  The cupboard behind the couch in the top photo stores the murphy bed that Taryn is relaxing on in the photo below.  There was even a fireplace, complete with wood!


Our kids favourite spot was the indoor playground!  They spend hours there, which was great as the entire time we were in Banff it poured rain!  I have four kids that range between the ages of 18 months to 9 years old and everyone was completely entertained in this play area.  There were bathrooms, benches, and a newspaper for me to read.  I could have stayed in this all day! (Can you spot Taryn in the photo above?)

There was an indoor waterslide park, complimentary town bus passes, and an arcade area.  The hotel is set up that you don’t have to go outside at all to access the different areas.  We took advantage of this due to the rainy weather outside.

While we were there the power went out and the kids and I wandered around the hotel, looking for something to do, and I ended up loosing the room key.  Luckily I had my iPhone with me and used the flashlight to help us navigate our way through the dark hallways to the main desk.  The staff were incredibly helpful when I showed up with my four kids,  not only did they solve my room key issue, they escorted us in the dark back to our room with a proper flashlight!


The morning we left the weather was much better, and we got a great shot of the spectacular view we had off our small balcony.  Hopefully when we return to Banff the weather will be better and I get some nice photos of the town.  It’s a beautiful town!

When we do go back we will definitely be staying at this hotel.  We booked our room through, but they told us at the front desk to call them directly and they can give us a better rate.  According to the Douglas Fir website, rates for the room we stayed in start $190/night currently.  Of course the rates always change according what time of year you are visiting.  In my opinion if you are going to Banff with kids, this is where you want to stay!


*As always on our blog, prices are listed in Canadian dollars (CAD), unless otherwise stated.*


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