Colin Henry in Jasper National Park

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Name: Colin Henry (1)
Location: Jasper National Park, Alberta CA
Favorite Family-Friendly Place To See or Thing To Do Here: The Miette Hot Springs—the perfect way to relax those tired toddler legs after a day spent on the trails.

Best Tip for Traveling with Kids: If you’re roadtripping, like we were, stop every hour-and-a-half along the way. Do not attempt “push on through” with a cranky toddler. Sometimes just stopping for ten minutes to let your little one run around and stretch his legs can buy you an hour of peace and quiet on the road.

Favorite Way to Make it Feel Like Home: A kitchen! Our son isn’t much of one for restaurants these days, and cooking over a campfire with a toddler underfoot just didn’t sound like our idea of a relaxing vacation. So we rented a cabin with a kitchenette and ate all of our meals “at home.” All of his favourite foods were always on the menu, and when his messy meals were over we could just wash him off in the lake.

An Item you MUST Take With You While Traveling: A sling. We don’t bother with strollers when we travel (or when we’re at home for that matter), and a stroller in the Canadian Rockies is less than useless. We let our son walk as far as he as able then into the sling he goes. So far, we’ve only used cloth slings–not the big metal and canvas racks–and found that for our 20-pound toddler they are more than sufficient.

Thanks Sarah!