Canyons Village is sandwiched between McPolin Barn and Utah Olympic Park just off Highway 224 north of Old Town. The community is notoriously easy to access (without traffic, SLC is around 30 minutes by car) and most people go car-free once they’ve made the journey in.
In addition to being walkable, Canyons Village sits at the foot of Park City Mountain, making it a natural basecamp for on-mountain adventures. There are several high-end resorts, family-friendly dining, free live music and enough activities to keep the whole family happy.
Name: Jim Goslin (and Meea!)
Work: Regional Director of Group Sales at Westgate Resorts
Park City History: Previously lived in Jackson Hole, but moved to Park City eight years ago
A perfect day in the Canyons usually starts with a stop at Drafts Burger Bar for the best shake ever. I Want All the Puppies is our favorite flavor and French fries are usually involved as well.
To wrap up our Canyons day, we search out a full meal. Since the eyelids are looking pretty heavy at this point, we are looking for comfort food made easy. A quick pop into Disco Pizza at the Pendry is a good last stop for the day.
With the little one properly sugared up (thanks to the DBB shake!), we are definitely looking to run out the wiggles so some serious play time in the grass by the stage in the center of the Canyons is up next. There are generally some sharable yard games setup on the grass so this is a great spot to cut the little one loose for some high energy play time. If we are out on a Thursday or Saturday, when one of the free concerts is going on at the Canyons, we may stick around for some daddy-daughter dancing and visit the food vendors when we need a recharge.
If there is no concert, we’ll jump on the Red Pine Gondola for a lift up to mid-mountain. There are unlimited trails taking off from the top of the gondola so we may decide to do some wildflower collecting, mountain bike watching or settle in for a hike and some sightseeing.
After a day on the mountain, we generally take a peek in Canyon Mountain Sports — it’s the best time to buy that one item I was missing while we were hiking.