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Our Family Adventure in West-Canada

In October 2016, we were blessed with our daughter, Mayla. Prior to her arrival, we had explored numerous destinations including India, Singapore, Bali, Thailand, and several states in the US. However, our favorite destination has always been the US. Hence, when Mayla was just 7 months old, we decided to spend our holiday there.

Having a camper trip through Canada on our wish list, we planned our next adventure to West-Canada in June 2018. By this time, Mayla was 1.5 years old and we were confident about managing a camper trip with her. The unique aspect of this trip was the company of my parents, who had their own camper. This wasn’t because we were hesitant to travel as a family, but because we wanted to share this experience with the entire family. Moreover, my father had been hinting for years about his desire to embark on such a trip with us.

Embarking on a Camper Trip through West Canada with a Toddler

Embarking on a camper trip through West Canada with a toddler is a breeze. The region is abundant with nature, providing ample opportunities for your little one to play outdoors at the various campgrounds and campsites you’ll visit. The trails are also toddler-friendly, ensuring your child can participate in the walks.

Preparing for the Journey

Always carry a carrier for those moments when your toddler gets tired. Sometimes, they might even express a desire to get into ‘the bag’ while you’re still at the camper. Traveling by camper is a joy, especially when you have everything you need within reach.

Embarking on a Camper Trip through West-Canada with a Toddler: Must-See Spots

1. Elk Falls, Vancouver Island

While Vancouver Island offers whale and killer whale spotting, unfortunately, children under 2 years of age are not allowed on an open boat. Knowing this, we decided to visit Elk Falls instead while my parents went on the boat trip. Elk Falls is a stunning waterfall nestled in the heart of the forest, complete with a suspension bridge. It’s a popular attraction and for good reason – the beauty is breathtaking. Our daughter, Mayla, fell into a deep sleep during our drive to the falls. She slept so soundly that she didn’t even stir when we put on her coat and placed her in the carrier. She only woke up when we returned from our hike, which I secretly enjoyed as there’s nothing quite like having your child sleep close to you. If you’re spending more days in Vancouver, consider checking out this 4-day Vancouver itinerary.

2. Experience the Breathtaking Views of Whistler Mountain

Imagine a skylift journey that takes you to a stunning mountain view near Whistler. The experience is truly captivating, especially as you walk up the mountain. Along the way, we spotted a majestic bald eagle nestled in the forest. At the mountain’s peak, you’ll find a restaurant offering a panoramic view of the surroundings. You can also cross a suspension bridge to another peak, where the view is equally breathtaking. I felt like a true hero, guiding Mayla in her buggy over the hanging bridge.

3. Discover Stanley Park, Vancouver

Stanley Park is undoubtedly one of Vancouver’s highlights. We spent the first two days of our camper trip through West-Canada lodged in a hotel on Robson Street, a perfect starting point for a delightful walk to Stanley Park. This park offers a beautiful skyline view of Vancouver, making it an ideal spot for cycling, walking, or running. Mayla had a blast too, running around and playing in the numerous playgrounds we encountered along the way.

4. Whistlers Campground, Jasper

Whistlers Campground in Jasper is one of the most picturesque places to park your camper. Despite its popularity, which often results in all full hook-up spots being taken, it offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere. You might find yourself in a spot without electricity and water, but the tranquility of the surroundings makes up for it.

The campground is well-maintained and features a centrally located building where you can shower. Adjacent to this building is a large playground with a playfield, providing a beautiful view for parents. One of the unique aspects of this campground is the presence of elks wandering around with their young, adding to the overall charm of the place. So, if you’re planning a camper trip through Western Canada, Whistlers Campground is highly recommended.

5. Dutch Lake Resort, Clearwater, Wells Grey National Park

Our journey led us to this campsite as we were eager to explore Wells Grey National Park. The campsite, nestled in a stunning location, is situated by “Dutch Lake”. The lake’s edge is adorned with white and pink lilies, creating a picturesque scene. Wells Grey is certainly worth a visit, with the Helmcken Falls being a particular highlight. However, be prepared for the mosquitoes. With enough repellent and appropriate clothing, they can be managed.

6. Spotting Bears in Canada

Canada is renowned for its bear population. Many had told us that the best chance to spot bears was at Icefield Parkway. However, our experience was different. While we saw plenty of Elks at Icefield Parkway, we didn’t spot any bears. Interestingly, we did encounter a grizzly bear and two black bears just before and after our visit to Icefield Parkway. One bear was leisurely enjoying its lunch in a parking spot. As we drove past to get a closer look, our dog Mayla spotted the bear from the backseat and barked enthusiastically. Despite our attempts to explain to her that it wasn’t a dog, she continued to bark. Spotting these majestic creatures in the wild was truly an impressive experience!

7. Exploring Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, and Emerald Lake

Driving along the breathtaking Icefield Parkway, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the most renowned lakes in the region. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to visit Lake Moraine due to the parking lot being full, even as early as 8:00 in the morning. However, we did manage to explore three other stunning lakes: Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, and Emerald Lake.

Our personal favorite was Peyto Lake. Its beauty is unparalleled, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen. After a short climb, with our daughter Mayla beaming from atop her father’s shoulders, we reached the lake. As it’s less frequented by tourists, we had ample time and space to explore the surroundings and soak in the serene atmosphere.

We also fell in love with Lake Louise. The best part about this lake is that you can walk around it. However, it’s a popular tourist spot, so we had to be extra cautious to ensure Mayla’s safety amidst the crowd.

Lastly, Emerald Lake is another gem worth mentioning. Its beauty is truly captivating, making it a must-visit spot for any nature lover.

Our Memorable Camper Trip

This journey holds a special place in our hearts. It was our first camper trip, and the experience of traveling this way was truly enjoyable. The fact that we shared this adventure with my parents made it even more memorable. Every night, we would gather around a campfire while Mayla slept, cherishing the beauty of being outdoors.

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