Family-friendly Western Canada is stuffed with activities and attractions for kids, and there's a good attitude in most restaurants and many accommodations to traveling families. For general advice on family travel, see Lonely Planet's Travel with Children.

Equipment Strollers, booster seats and toys can be rented from Wee Travel (www.weetravel.ca).

Resources Pick up the free Kids' Guide Vancouver around town and visit www.kidsvancouver.com for local tips, resources and family-focused events.

Blogs Check out www.rockiesfamilyadventures.com for inspirational stories on how to cover the region with your family.

Parks Canada Canada's national park system offers plenty of (mostly summer) programs for visiting kids. Check individual park and historic site attractions online (www.pc.gc.ca) for detailed information.

Practicalities

Accommodations Children can often stay with parents at hotels for no extra charge. Cots may also be available. Some hostels have family rooms. Hotels can recommend trusted babysitting services.

Dining out Not all restaurants will have high chairs available; call ahead before you arrive.

Child safety seats Hire-car companies can provide these if you book head.

Breastfeeding in public This is rarely a problem for the locals in Western Canada.