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Fam­ily-friendly places in Jasper and Vic­to­ria

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Travel - Break­ing news at calgaryher­ald.com Satur­day, De­cem­ber 31, 2011 DE­BRA M. SMITH

Tired of cram­ming your fam­ily into cookie cut­ter ho­tel rooms just to save some dough? Here are some sweet suite deals that will en­large your op­tions with­out shrink­ing your wal­let.

It’s no won­der peo­ple stay here for months. The ho­tel lo­ca­tion in the James Bay area is su­perb. You’re only steps away from the in­ner har­bour, the Vis­i­tor’s Cen­tre, down­town, the Royal BC Mu­seum and much more.

One bed­rooms av­er­age $149, check the web­site for up­grades and spe­cials.

For the kids, all ages: Kid­friendly spots are just a hop, skip and a jump away from Vic­to­ria’s busy in­ner har­bour.

Half a block down the street, ex­otic in­sects from all over the planet can be care­fully han­dled as their habits are lov­ingly ex­plained by do­cents at The Bug Zoo.

Across the street at Minia­ture World, recre­ations of fa­mous bat­tles, Canada from sea to sea and dozens of other tiny worlds en­tice vis­i­tors large and small.

The Royal BC Mu­seum one block away is a must see for all lit­tle princes and princesses.

Ages 12-plus: Older kids will be mes­mer­ized by John Adams’ Ghostly Walks tours (dis­cover­thep­ast.com). John has a dead­pan de­liv­ery that brings the past back to life. His tor­rid tales of gold rush ghosts and star crossed lovers have been keep­ing peo­ple up at night since 1971 and have been fea­tured on OLN’S Creepy Canada.

Restau­rant splurge: The Pink Bi­cy­cle Gourmet Burger Joint, 1008 Blan­shard St.

Voted Best Burger in the city for three years run­ning, the Pink Bi­cy­cle of­fers up healthy, hand­made or­ganic burg­ers made with the finest and fresh­est ingredient­s pos­si­ble. Por­tions are gen­er­ous.

One burger would be plenty for two small ap­petites. Side dishes flirt with more up­scale ingredient­s; the french fries can be truf­fle fries and the house salad is topped with fresh shaved parme­san and can­died wal­nuts. Week­ends are busy so con­sider take out to your home away from home.

Pho­tos De­bra M. Smith, for the Cal­gary Her­ald

Maligne Canyon is a great place for a hike, es­pe­cially in win­ter. Af­ter a day on the trails, you can head back to a cosy ac­com­mo­da­tion like the Maligne Lake Lodge.

Feel right at home at the Royal Scot in Vic­to­ria, B.C, which is close to sev­eral at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing Minia­ture World, be­low.

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