We bought a night at the Delta Kananaskis at the Made by Momma silent auction fundraiser in November. Since I had a work conference this week in Banff we decided that it would be a nice way to end the week by meeting up in Kananaskis with the kids.
I was so excited since the weather was perfect. It has finally started to warm up and it was snowing in Banff during the week and somehow the mountains make winter weather so much more bearable and beautiful! I woke Friday morning to the crisp mountain air with this view from my window at the Banff Centre.Once I finished my meetings I met up with the family at the Delta. With the bed and breakfast package we had a standard room with 2 queen beds. Pretty much every room has a great view since the hotel is surrounded by mountains. We had a view of the skating rink which the kids loved since once night came some of the trees were lit up which they called Christmas trees. Once we unpacked we headed downstairs to explore. There are several stores in the hotel as well as restaurants. We checked out the games room (our kids were too young for it) and the pool and then headed over to the Mount Kidd building to check out the Children’s Creative Center. It was great!
The kids were in heaven when they saw the climbing frame and there was an entire wall of chalkboard for drawing. They have a puppet theatre, board games, TV with movies (and blankets for getting cozy), train set, drawing easel and colouring supplies, climbing frame with play kitchen (full of kitchen food and items) and then downstairs there was an art room where at set times there were crafts that the kids could make.
We headed down for dinner to the Fireweed Grill (there are 3 family friendly ones). They were so accommodating to kids as they were stocked with colouring supplies and a buffet table at their height with a range of foods. The buffet was free for the kids since they are under 6 and I loved that the portion sizes were reasonable for the age (as in not too big). My only complaint would be that the highchairs were very dated and so felt quite rickety with my son who moves around a lot. Next time I would plan to take the strap on booster seat with us. The service was timely which I always find so important with kids!
After dinner we took the kids for a swim in the pool. This was the highlight of the trip for the kids. They loved that there were flutter boards scattered around the pool for use and we managed to find a life jacket for my son to use. I checked out the hot tub to relax a little and then noticed that the hot tub in fact led outdoors so we took the kids out there to enjoy being out in the cold with snow but yet still warm in the water. It was quite busy but the pool is definitely large enough to accommodate every one. They also have a steam room as well as a family change room which can be quite handy with toddlers and babies.
With our bed & breakfast package we got breakfast in the Fireweed included and so enjoyed a buffet breakfast again with the kids eating free. This is great since my kids usually share a portion or simply eat off our plates so not to waste food. We headed outdoors in the morning before checking out to head home. We tried their toboggan run only to find a slushy puddle at the bottom (a casualty of warm weather!) so simply walked around their trail pulling the kids in the sled. Maybe next year. They have some nice groomed trails for X-country skiing which we might attempt next year with the kids and they have a rental place for skates, snowshoes, skis etc.
I would definitely recommend the Delta in Kananaskis for a great family getaway anytime of the year. We will be making it a yearly tradition for sure!