We are a family of 4 from Australia (2 kids ages 3 and 5) wanting the elusive White Christmas. I would love to spend 10 - 14 days in the Banff area over the Christmas/new year period as it seems like a beautiful place to hang out in and experience something completely different to our everyday. I have my fingerscrossed for snow on the ground so we can walk out our door and have snow fights, build snowmen and slide down a hill with our kids. From what I have read this is most likely...any comments on that would be great.
We are interested in a couple of days skiing but not a focus due to the ages of our kids. I would love to visit Lake Louise and wondered if it is best to stay a couple of nights to fully experience it or is a day trip with young kids do-able? I am keen to do as many "fun" activites as we can and would love any info on what you recommend with the ages of our kids including ice skating outdoors, the hot springs, sleigh ride, dog sledding, short hike to the frozen waterfalls, ice hockey games, skiing, tobogganing...
We don't have experience driving in snow/ice although we have spent time travelling and holidaying in similar places pre kids. I am happy to do short drives but I would love to understand a bit about the shuttles and other transport options as well. Is it recommended to drive ourselves from Calgary at that time of year?
We intend to be in Canada for about 3 weeks (mostly prior to Christmas) and haven't decided where to visit other than Banff and a few days in Vancouver. Is Calgary worth spending some time in? My memory of it 20 years ago wasn't very impressive but I imagine it has changed a lot since then.
I'm sure I have loads more questions but we can start with that.