Panorama, BC with Kids

We spent three days and two nights at the Panorama Mountain Resort in the mountain town of Panorama, BC.  Situated in Purcell Mountains range with views of the Rocky Mountains it’s approximately 3.5 hours from Calgary airport. Be sure to take the scenic route through Banff and Kootenay National Parks, there are many lookouts and places to stop for a picnic along the way.

The resort does an excellent job of making your stay enjoyable and having activities for kids of all ages. We were in a two bedroom suite with a master en-suite in the upper village. There were many kids activities in the kid’s zone including bouncy castles, EuroBungy, and a rock climbing wall.

The kids had a great time in the pools. The large main pool is kept at around 32 degrees Celsius, which made it comfortable for kids to spend a longer time in it. My kids spent most of their time going on the two huge water-slides that ended in the cooler pool.

You’ll want to take the gondola up for an extraordinary Yoga experience – The Mountain Yoga program is a great way to start the day. Surrounded by the beauty and majesty of the mountains, it’s hard not to meditate and be present in the moment. You’ll also find many many hiking trails of varying intensities. Go up to the top and explore or just sit with a coffee and enjoy the view.

No matter where you are on the property, you can see that there is a lot of thought put into the comfort of the guests. The village is designed in a way that makes it easy to get around. Life jackets are readily available by the pools. There are a lot of activities available throughout the day both free and paid, and it’s clearly outlined which are free and which are extra costs.

Then there are little things in the rooms like the hooks around the fireplace for hanging cold ski wear, the family centre with various games and DVDs, and a TV in every room so we could all choose what we wanted to watch. There were lots of little things like this that made a huge difference.

Our favourite family activity was a walk along the river followed by the family s’mores and sing-along party. Many places have tired to do this activity and Panorama Mountain Resort has perfected it. The cost was only $2 which gave you a plate, napkins, and all the supplies you need to make your s’mores. There were staff and volunteers available to help the little ones and they also controlled and maintained the area around the fire. I like that the activity had a specific start and end time and was structured. The staff and volunteers were very friendly and did a great job of getting the kids involved in the sing-along.

This was one of the most relaxing places we visited on the trip. Once we arrived and parked we didn’t use our car again until it was time to leave. The village has a great variety of restaurants, retail shop, pubs and cafés – everything you need.

As much fun as we had in summer, their peak time is actually winter. I can’t wait to go back and explore this beautiful and relaxing resort with the family for a winter wonderland getaway. Take a look at their website for winter packages, and you’ll see what I mean.


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