We are always searching out hikes we can do as a family to add adventure to our road trips. We’ve been wanting to travel to the famed national parks of Canada for years and this summer we finally made the long drive to Yoho and Glacier, the iconic Banff and Jasper, and Kootenay national parks. All five national parks are incredible and were worth the drive. Here’s the lowdown on how to plan a road trip to all these places and which the best family-friendly hikes are to do on your road trip.
Canada National Park Road Trip Stop 1: Glacier National Park
The first stop when heading into the National Park region from the east is Glacier National Park. This is often confused with America’s Glacier National Park but they are quite different. Glacier is a very, very small park as far as what’s accessible.
The hikes you can do are gorgeous. Our favorite was Great Glacier, a perfect hike for the whole family at only 4 miles round trip. The hike takes you to an open viewpoint of a magnificent pouring waterfall, enormous peaks, and great glaciers (hence the name) where you can sit on open, granite rock formations, have a snack, and enjoy the view.