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.