Traveling to Banff and Canadian Rockies with a Toddler 0 341

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My wife and I love to travel. Every opportunity we get to leave our city, we take advantage. Whether it’s a short weekend trip, or a trip to Europe of South America, we’re always down! Now, I have to say that this was pre-baby, so we’ve slowed down a bit with long-range travel. While we haven’t been to Europe or South American since our little guy was born, we still think it’s important for children to not only become comfortable with the travel process, but as they get older exploring new, exciting cultures will be key to their development as good world citizens. While we haven’t traveled to foreign lands with him since he was born, he does get the opportunity to fly multiple times per year, so flying is nothing new to him.



Traveling to Banff and the Canadian Rockies has always been on our bucket list ever since we met ten-plus years ago. Living in Miami, we’ve always felt as if it was a bit of a challenge to get there, though. In hindsight, it’s safe to say that while our travel route was not the most direct and ideal, Banff and the Canadian Rockies are just as accessible as any of the other destinations we’ve traveled to.

Now, fast forward to traveling to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with a toddler and that shakes things up a bit. While the route is the same, there are certainly challenges along the way that parents should be aware of.




Most parents searching Google and travel forums for helpful tips and insight on whether traveling with a toddler to Banff and the Canadian Rockies will likely find similar answers. That yes, it is VERY common to see toddlers and small kids in this region of Canada and that it’s not a remote rural land. Of course, you can easily choose to trek in any direction in the mountains and be within miles of a major road or convenience, but that’s not the case with most travelers to the Banff area.

I’ll do my best to outline our route to Canada, as well as what you can take advantage of in Banff and the Canadian Rockies, and what might be best avoided.

Getting to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with a Toddler

As mentioned, we were flying from Miami, where we currently live. Based on our schedules, flying direct to Calgary was not an option, unfortunately. In the end, our route from Miami took us to Calgary by way of Denver. For anyone that has traveled with a toddler, you know all-too-well that the most direct, shortest route, WITHOUT a layover is ALWAYS best, but not always possible. In our case, we needed to stop in Denver. Let’s see how this goes.

Update! Read one of our latest posts about finding the right travel stroller that’s best for your style of travel!

Heading to the Plane

The flight from Miami to Denver was an early morning flight, so Little Guy slept the majority of the way. YAYY! Upon landing in Denver, the 3 hour nap had him all refreshed and ready to take on the day. Unfortunately, he didn’t know that he had to take another flight from Denver to Calgary. BOOO!

We did our best to distract him on the next leg of our journey, but with toddlers, your efforts are oftentimes futile. When they see something they want, or get an idea in their head, you can explain the negatives and why he or she cannot do something until you’re blue in the face, but that’s not gonna stop them or prevent a tantrum.

About an hour of the 2-plus hour flight was filled with my wife and I doing our best to distract and entertain him. The remaining time was spent walking up and down the aisle with him. He noticed the flight attendants doing so, so he figured he should be able to as well. Makes sense.

All-in-all, the journey to Calgary wasn’t too bad. A long trip with a toddler, but possible. In most cases, the older your toddler is the easier it should be because you can start to reason with them. In our case, our son was about 20 months old, so the ability to reason isn’t really there yet. If you have the opportunity and ability to keep the route as short as possible, this is highly recommended.

We Made it to Canada!

As with all international travel, you’ll need to pass through some gauntlet of border security before you can start to enjoy your trip. While on the airplane, you would have already filled out your declaration card, which will then be presented to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at various checkpoints throughout this process. From what I recall, there were two checkpoints. Expect this process to take at least an hour depending on how many other flights are arriving at the same time as your flight. All inbound international flights have to pass through the maze of CBSA fun.

Again, with a toddler, and as an adult, this is not a fun process, so expect to put on your smiling face with your toddler and do your best to entertain them in the oftentimes sterile border control environment. Don’t expect the border agents to crack a smiling or silly face at your kids either. These guys mean business.

After about an hour of slow-pace walking through the control line, we finally passed through border security and were allowed to collect our luggage at the carousel.

TIP: If you’ve checked larger items like a stroller or car seat, don’t expect it to come through the luggage carousel. We waited nearly 30 extra minutes before realizing that larger, over-sized items come through a different area, on the opposite side of the terminal. Hey, at least they weren’t lost.




After passing through CBSA and grabbing our bags it was time to grab our car. We’ve started to use Turo in some cities because it’s super cost effective. For those that don’t know, Turo is the AirBNB of car rentals. You can list your car on Turo to be rented by travelers. Conversely, you can rent from other car owners. Pretty much any type of car is available through Turo, and just like renting from a traditional agency, you can choose options and length of rental time. From what we’ve seen the cost can be dramatically lower. In our case, where we were renting a car for a full 7 days, the cost on Turo was about $150 compared to a traditional car rental agency where the average cost was closer to $350. No-brainer.

Let’s head to the Rockies!

What a Drive!

At this time, as you can imagine, everyone was a bit tired from traveling from the early morning hours. It was around mid-day when we arrived in Calgary, and our plan was to grab the car and continue on to our first destination: Canmore. Little Guy quickly feel asleep in the car which made the drive easy. From Calgary to Canmore the drive is just over an hour without traffic.

Canmore is a great alternative to staying in the town of Banff. Actually, in my opinion, it’s a bit more quaint and less touristy than Banff. You’ll be surrounded by the same views, so no loss there. Canmore is a surprisingly metropolitan town with a small town, rural feel to it. Plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you entertained when not hiking or exploring.

Let’s Explore Canmore, Banff, and the Canadian Rockies with Our Toddler – The Fun Part!

Back home, we have plenty of baby and toddler equipment to fit just about every situation, landscape and terrain. When traveling, however, you need to do your best to pack as light as possible and only take what’s necessary. I did some research before the trip and found that most parents that visited Banff and the Canadian Rockies previously suggested to bring a small umbrella stroller, instead of a travel stroller like a Gracco or similar. We had planned to rent a hiking backpack (more on this later) to take along hikes, so figured any time we were strolling around town or on flat land we’d just use the umbrella stroller. This worked out well.




While the umbrella stroller is not the most comfortable to push around (I’m 6’2), it was lightweight and easily packed away when not needed.

After settling into our hotel in Canmore, we decided to grab some food in town, test out the hiking toddler carrier (more on this later), and plan to wake up early the next morning and head to Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake is located in the Lake Louise area, and about an hour drive from Canmore. From what I remember we woke up around 6AM to be there at 7AM. This worked out great. Traveling in June, you’re arriving just before peak summer season, so it’s best to be there early to beat the crowds, if possible. However, even though we weren’t in the thick of peak season, crowds still form at all major hikes and landmarks as the day goes on.

Moraine Lake with a Toddler and Small Children

Along the Moraine Lake Trail, Off of the Paved Portion

Arriving at Moraine Lake you’ll see a decent size parking lot just ahead of the entrance to the park. Parking was easy since we arrived early. We grabbed our cameras, Little Guy, and the hiking backpack. After loading my son in the carrier and strapping it to my back and quickly realized this was not going to be as easy as those amazing stock product images make it look. It’s VERY possible that I didn’t have the backpack adjusted correctly based on my measurements and my son’s, but it was immediately pulling on my shoulders. However, I wasn’t going to let a little discomfort distract me from these views…




At the top of Rockpile at Moraine Lake

We spent the morning hiking around Moraine Lake, which happened to be the highlight of our trip. So much so that we not only stopped their at the beginning of the trip, but made a second stop at the tail end as well. Truly amazing.

Hiking Moraine Lake with a toddler isn’t too bad. If you have a hiking backpack, you can hike the Rockpile Trail up to the peak to get an amazing view of the lake. The hike up wasn’t too bad considering this was my first time hiking with a toddler on my back. Oh, did I forget to mention this was my first time hiking with a toddler on my back?? Yes, it was.

If you’re like me, and jump at the chance to give your shoulders a break, you can hike the perimeter of the lake too. There are trails that make the walk easy. This is where you can let your toddler explore a bit more. There are some areas of rock piles and little streams that you’ll need to be aware of, but in general, the perimeter is a great way for your toddler or kids to burn off some energy.

Is Moraine Lake safe and a good hike with a toddler? In short, yes! Please don’t hesitate to visit this amazing lake.




Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake with Your Toddler

Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake with Your Toddler
Two Jack Lake and Serenity

The next day we woke up early again (we’re early risers) and decided to drive down to Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake are part of the same lake system, and along the same road. Both area about 20 minutes or so from Canmore, just off of the Trans-Canada Highway, which makes it very accessible.

This is an easy ride from both Banff and Canmore, and there’s plenty of space for you to let your toddler roam a bit. There’s a lake (obviously), some picnic tables, and camping nearby at Two Jake Lake. After another attempt at setting up my hiking backpack, we head out for the day.

The sun was just coming over the mountains when we made it to Two Jack Lake, so this made for an amazing landscape. Take advantage of the peaceful surroundings and, if you’re there early enough, no crowds. We were able to take advantage of being alone on the lake for about an hour. This meant just listing to the wilderness around you and the sound of your son throwing little pebbles into the lake.

At Lake Minnewanka there’s a bit more space for your toddler and kids to run free. As with many of lakes, there are some small steps or ridges down to the lake in some areas, but these are easily noticable and shouldn’t take you by suprise.

Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake with Your Toddler
Exploring Lake Lake Minnewanka

There’s plenty of land for your toddler and kids to run around, pile small rocks, climp on broken tree branches, and get close to the lake.

Is Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake a good hike and trip with a toddler? Yes! Don’t hesitate to visit.

Johnston Canyon with a Toddler

Johnston Canyon with a toddler can be a bit tricky. For most of the trail you’re walking along a catwalk style trail. Heading up the trail, the mountain is on your left, and the canyon is on your right. The canyon below is steep, so I would definitely keep kids in close sight, and if you have a toddler, it’s best to keep them in your hiking backpack if you have one. In our case, Little Guy was getting a bit frustrated being trapped in the backpack for hours on end, understandably. After letting him out on the trail, he would stop to pick up rocks along the way. Normally, this wouldn’t be such a bad idea but the trail (in some areas) is a bit tight, meaning that other hikers need to squeeze by in order to pass. When a toddler stops along the way to pick up rocks, this can create a bit of a bottleneck.

Johnston Canyon with a Toddler
Notice the Tight Trail. One Side River, One Side Cliff.

From what I recall we were at Johnston Canyon around mid-day. There were crowds and the parking lot was full at this time. While we managed to snag a spot, we were met with large crowds after entering the park. Again, since the trail can be a bit tight in some areas, it seems a bit more crowded than it actually is since we’re all jammed into tight spaces together.

Tip! Head to Johnston Canyon as early as possible to try and beat the crowds and make finding parking a bit easier.

Can you hike Johnston Canyon with a toddler and small kids? Yes, but be hyper-aware of your surroundings and know that crowds may make things a bit more challenging.

Hiking Lake Louise with a Toddler

Lake Louise is set in the background of the amazing hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. There are separate parking lots for those just visiting the lake versus those staying at the hotel. The visitor lots fills up quickly, so get there early. If the lot fills up, you’ll need to backtrack along the highway (a few miles) to another lot where shuttles will shuffle you back to the lake. Luckily we arrived very early and were one of the first to arrive.

Upon walking up to the lake you have the hotel on your right and the lake ahead on the left. It’s very impressive and serene early in the morning. We were lucky enough to catch a few wedding photo sessions taking place prior to the crows arriving.

Hiking Lake Louise with a Toddler
The Front of Lake Louise.

Lake Louise is a great place to allow your toddler and kids to walk freely. Like most of the great attractions in the area, there is likely a nearby lake to be aware of.

When most travel to Banff and the Canadian Rockies they pray to see a bear. They also pray to NOT see one on their hiking trail. We were lucky enough to stumble up this mamma grizzly bear and her two cubs looking for food on the hotel property grass. A very unexpected place, but amazing still. Remember, while this hotel is here for over 100 years, it was still built on their land. So this is their backyard, not ours.

Hiking Lake Louise with a Toddler
Mamma Bear and Two Little Cubs Having Breakfast.

For the most part, there’s a paved path that takes you around the lake at Lake Louise. So, if you have a stroller, this is a good time to give your shoulders a rest if your toddler is not into walking around at this point.

Is Lake Louise a good hike and destination with toddlers? Yes, but keep an eye out for bears =)

Peyto Lake Hiking with Toddlers and Small Children

Peyto Lake is a relatively easy hike with a toddler. In our case, Little Guy was in the hiking backpack for 75% of the hike. The trail is paved from the parking lot to the top of the trail, so if you have a stroller, this is a good hike to bring it. When he wasn’t in the backpack he was finding little rocks and sticks to play with. Toddlers are easily distracted, so expect the pace to be slowed to a crawl at points.

Most of the trail is uphill and it’s a short hike. I believe it takes about 15 minutes or so to get to the top to view Peyto Lake if your little one is not walking on their own.

Is Peyto Lake as blue as it seems in pictures? Yes, see for yourself!

Peyto Lake Hiking with Toddlers and Small Children
As Blue as the Sky Above. View from Trail Viewing Area.

As with most popular trails this time of year, expect there to be crowds. Heading up the trail wasn’t too bad, but once you reach the top space is limited, so crowds form. You’ll have the ability to stand on top of wooden decking as part of the viewpoint, as well as venture a bit off trail to get close to the edge of the mountain. It goes without saying that you should stick to the marked trail if you have small kids and toddlers for safety reasons. If you do venture off a bit, be sure to keep at least one hand on them at all time if there not tucked away in your hiking backpack.

Peyto Lake Hiking with Toddlers and Small Children
A Look at the “Off-Trail” Viewing Point

Is Peyto Lake a good hike with toddlers and small kids? Yes, but get there early to avoid crowds.

The Lake Louise Gondola – Great for Toddlers and Small Kids

lake louise gondola with toddler and kids
Image Credit: lakelouisegondola.com

The Lake Louis Gondola is a really cool experience. During summer months, the park is transformed from a ski resort to a great place to ride a gondola up the mountain and get amazing views of the Rockies from 180 degrees.

Tip: My wife was able to score a Groupon for breakfast and the gondola ride for a steep discount which made it even more attractive!

We arrived early. In fact, we were the ONLY ones there and thought that the park might have been closed for the day. After confirming they were open, we parked in the first spot and head into the lobby.

After checking in and grabbing our gondola lift tickets we strolled down to the lift. We were greeted by staff and climbed aboard an enclosed gondola. If you’re without small kids you have the option to either choose an enclosed gondola or a more traditional open ski lift.

The ride up on the gondola was about 10 minutes. It’s common to spot bears and other cool wildlife while heading up the mountain during this time of year, but unfortunately, we didn’t spot any.

At the top of the mountain you disembark the gondola then head down to the viewing area where you get an amazing view of the Rockies. There’s chairs for you to relax. Even small chairs for those little ones which was really cute.

The Lake Louise Gondola - Great for Toddlers and Small Kids
View from Lake Louise Gondola.

The viewing area is small, but we were the only ones there which made it really enjoyable. While there’s space for little ones to walk around, there’s not much to explore once you leave the viewing area. Outside of the viewing area I would say that you should keep a close eye on your toddler since there’s some roped-off areas that aren’t meant to be walked on. Remember, this is a ski resort for a large part of the year, so expect slopes and steep incline/declines.

Overall the Lake Louise Gondola was a great experience, so don’t hesitate to take your little ones. The buffet breakfast wasn’t too bad either!

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 4,200 sq mi. It’s located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton. As part of our trip from Lake Louise, we planned on spending a few nights inside Jasper. Getting to Jasper is part of the fun. From Lake Louise or Banff, you’ll head north on the Icefields Parkway. The town of Jasper is about 4 hours from the town of Banff, but the views you see along the way is what makes the trip so special.

Maligne Canyon Loop Trail

Maligne Canyon Loop Trail was one of our favorites, but you have to keep a close eye on the little ones. Along the loop trail, you’ll notice that there’s fencing in between the trail and the canyon below. However, we noticed a few holes throughout our trek. So be careful.

Aside from the holes in the fencing that a small person can slip through, there trail isn’t paved like many other hiking trails on our trip. Most of the trail is a mix of either dirt trail with random rocks, or steps made out of stone, which can be challenging for anyone at times. Especially after rain or snow when the trail is a bit more slippery.

If you’re planning on hitting up Maligne Lake Trail, I would recommend keeping your little one in the hiking backpack as much as possible.

Thinking About Taking a Toddler or Small Child to Banff and the Canadian Rockies? Don’t Hesitate. Go!

As with all travel with a toddler, baby, or small child, you need to be prepared. Heading to the grocery store with your little one in your local area can be challenging at times. As we always says, “it’s all an adventure”. Knowing where and when to go to Banff and the Canadian Rockies is key. Plan accordingly and you’ll be just fine. Like us, you’ll stay away from the more challenging hikes. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the major sites and viewpoints. There are no shortage of those. While we were able to check-off Banff and the Canadian Rockies from our bucket list, we plan to go back again someday.

Here are some additional resources for those traveling to the Banff / Lake Louise / Jasper areas with little kids that you might find helpful:

Canadian Rockies forum on TripAdvisor

Banff National Park forum on TripAdvisor

AllTrails – a great resource for finding hikes that best fit your abilities

If you have tips or recommendations for parents traveling to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with toddlers and small children, please leave a comment below. We appreciate it!

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What To Do If You’re Involved in an Uber or Lyft Accident While Traveling 0 255

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Technology makes life so much easier. You can order food from your favorite restaurant, have groceries delivered, book flights, and even find a date. And one of the most popular and convenient applications is those that offer ridesharing services, such as Uber and Lyft. They are more cost-effective than taxis and can be at your doorstep within minutes. 

But as with anything else that’s convenient, the experience comes with some risks. If you get into a car accident in the same jurisdiction where you live, you would probably speak with a local attorney. But what happens if the unfortunate event takes place while you’re traveling? Are there any specific laws that can still hold these companies liable? If so, what’s the procedure? 

What Should I Do If I’m Involved in an Uber Accident While Traveling Abroad?

First, do the same things you would do after an accident at home: 

  • Seek medical help
  • Take pictures (of injuries, of damages to vehicles, of location)
  • Get information from everyone involved, as well as witnesses (full names, driver’s license, license plates, and insurance information)
  • File a police report
  • If you purchased travel insurance, call them ASAP and let them know. 

Now, this can become extremely complicated if you’re traveling in a country where you don’t speak the language and can’t communicate with the parties involved. 

If you’re traveling to Europe, it’s good practice to first download a copy of a European Accident Statement (EAS) in your own language. This form is available for drivers within the European Union, so even if you don’t understand what’s going on, each of you can look at your forms, respectively, so that you know which information to collect. (For example, you can look at, say, question 5, and so can a driver who only speaks Polish on their own form, and both understand what’s being asked). 

Both parties need to fill out the form. This is not an acknowledgment of liability, but a way to verify certain facts, such as whether the accident occurred by changing lanes, turning right or left, reversing, entering or exiting a parking garage or a roundabout, etc… 

Once the form is filled out, verify for accuracy and send the completed form to your car insurance provider. Its purpose is to have as many agreed-upon facts as possible to process the insurance claims. 

If you’re anywhere else in the world, get a copy of the police report. If you receive medical attention, ask for a copy of a medical certificate. And no matter where you are, always report the accident to the ridesharing company as soon as possible, as explained below. 

What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Rideshare Accident While Traveling in the United States?

If the accident occurred while traveling within the United States, follow the same procedures regarding preserving evidence: photos, videos, witness information, and police reports. 

When taking photos, do so of every visible injury, as well as from the vehicles involved from all angles. Also take pictures of surrounding businesses in case one of them has surveillance video that can, later on, be used as evidence of the accident. And remember to take pictures of license plates to avoid confusion from typos or writing it down nervously or in a hurry. 

Seek medical attention whether you feel well or not, since some injuries aren’t obvious at the beginning, and some jurisdictions require that you receive the attention within a short time frame in order to qualify for certain liability coverages. 

Then speak with a local attorney. If you were on your way to the airport or don’t have time to see a lawyer before you return home, do an online search for local car accident legal counsel and reach out to them when you get home. This is because in order to file a case anywhere, the local courthouses must have jurisdiction over the parties. In the case of a car accident, this means where the defendant resides or where the accident occurred. 

Within the context of large corporations — such as Uber or Lyft — this can also include where they are incorporated and/or regularly conduct business. However, filing where the accident occurred means having much easier access to evidence such as witnesses, doctors, and police officers who showed up at the scene. 

Can Uber, Lyft of Other Rideshare Apps be Held Responsible for an Accident?

Uber keeps uninsured and underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage for their drivers. This can be used when the other driver is at fault and they don’t have enough insurance coverage, or if the accident was a hit and run. 

If your driver was at fault, how much will be covered will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, Uber offers insurance for liabilities to third parties (passengers, pedestrians, bystanders, etc…)

By the same token, Lyft offers liability coverage for accidents that occur during the time the Lyft Driver app is on and offers rides to customers. This extends to bodily injuries and other losses related to the accident. 

Do keep in mind that each jurisdiction has its own local requirements. For example, in the Sunshine State, Florida Statutes section 627.748 requires all ridesharing drivers to have car insurance with a minimum coverage of $50,000 for death and bodily injury, per person, and $100,000 per accident. They are also required to have a minimum of $25,000 in coverage for property damage. 

Likewise, New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law, Title 8, Article 44-B requires both ridesharing companies and all their drivers to have insurance that covers any accidents that occur while the driver is logged into the ridesharing digital network. 

It’s important to note, however, that many state laws specifically establish that ridesharing companies do not own, control, operate, manage, or direct any of the vehicles in their networks. Because of this reasoning, these companies may try to limit or deny coverage in certain circumstances and claim that your only recourse is to sue the driver. 

According to Miami Uber and Lyft accident attorneys Panter, Panter & Sampedro:

Usually, the driver is held liable for an accident. This makes intuitive sense because the driver is operating the vehicle. Sometimes, the driver’s insurance policy is not adequate to compensate you for the injuries you suffered. In those instances, it is possible to sue Lyft or Uber. This is the reason that Uber and Lyft provide a $1 million liability policy. 

So always seek legal advice before proceeding, so that you can have someone who’s experienced with these types of claims watching out for your interests. 

What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Rideshare Accident While Traveling for Work?

Since Uber and Lyft require their drivers to carry insurance to cover accidents while driving passengers, you could file a claim to recover damages through those policies. If the claim is denied or dismissed as to one of the companies under the defense that the driver is an independent contractor, you may still be able to get relief by filing a worker’s compensation claim with your employer.  

A workers comp claim could be viable if the accident occurred while you were conducting your job duties, or to and from an activity within the scope of employment (such as stopping for gas or driving back home or to work at the end of your shift).

Your employer may be able to get off the hook if you detoured to do something unrelated to your job duties (such as running a personal errand), or if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

To know your options, instead of speaking with a personal injury attorney, call a workers compensation one. 

How is Liability Determined in a Rideshare Accident?

Liability in a ridesharing accident is determined the same way as in any traffic accident: Presenting evidence to figure out who was at fault. This can be reconstructed through what’s called a discovery process, where the parties are required to exchange relevant information — such as photographs, surveillance videos, dash cam footage, and police reports. 

Based on this information, the attorneys can determine the parties to depose (take sworn testimony). These may include the parties involved in the accident, witnesses, medical providers, experts, and the police officers who prepared the report. 

Liability can be placed on one person, or it can be attributed in part to all drivers involved. If the latter is the case, the percentage of liability has to be apportioned in jurisdictions that apply a comparative negligence standard: If a party is deemed to be 60% at fault, they are responsible for 60% of the costs of the damages. 

There are also jurisdictions that apply a contributory negligence approach. Under this method, if both parties are at fault, coverage may be denied, depending on the circumstances. 

What is the Uber and Lyft Accident Claims Process?

Each ridesharing company has its own steps to complete to file an accident claim. While this information is up-to-date as of the time of this writing, always check for information within the app’s Frequently Asked Questions section. If you can’t find it, do an online search of the company’s accident claims procedures.

Uber

If you were using Uber services, follow these steps:

  1. Open the app and click on Settings on the right-hand corner of the screen. 
  2. From there, click on the Help section.  
  3. Click on Report an Issue With This Trip
  4. Select that you were in a crash. 

Lyft

If you were using Lyft, open the app and click on Claims Customer Care. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will guide you through the next steps in the reporting process.

How Long Do I Have to File My Uber or Lyft Accident Claim?

The statute of limitations for a negligence claim can vary from one jurisdiction to the next. In many places within the United States, you have four years from the date of the accident. This will vary even more greatly from one country to the next. 

But even if you got into an accident in a place with ample time to file a claim, seek legal advice as soon as possible. Remember that your ability to prevail will depend on how convincing your evidence is. 

Certain elements like photos and medical records can be used regardless of how much time has gone by; but witnesses — as well as their recollections of events — will be harder to come by the longer you wait. And if a nearby business has surveillance cameras that caught the accident, they may have been deleted by the time you need them. 

 

Long Island: The Ultimate Travel Guide 0 255

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Long Island is only miles away from New York City, but you’ll notice a drastic contrast in scenery and activities as you cross over the city border. Long Island is well known for miles of oceans, unique villages, world-renowned wine country, shopping, and more.

Before Long Island was settled by Europeans in the 17th century it was home to 13 Native American tribes. You’ll notice this history easily by looking at a map of Long Island or reading each of the town names as you drive along Long Island’s many highways and parkways. Some names that might be familiar to you include Montauk, Massapequa, Setauket, and more.

Getting from New York City to Long Island is easy, and there’s no shortage of options. Keep in mind that the west end of Long Island begins just as you cross the New York City limits and extends 118 miles from tip to tip, so it’s important to understand WHERE on Long Island you’re planning on traveling to. Depending on the time of day or time of year (summertime out east!), it can take hours to go only a few miles.

Long Island is accessible by car, taxi, the LIRR (Long Island Railroad), and more, and linked to New York City by major roadways, bridges, and tunnels.

Long Island is officially made up of two counties: Nassau and Suffolk, and both have plenty to do. There are contrasts from one county to the other, whether you’re on the North Shore or South Shore, so do your research before planning your trip to Long Island.

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Best Beaches on Long Island

Jones Beach

Jones Beach is one of THEE spots for anyone growing up in or around Long Island during the summer. Located only 20 miles from New York City, Jones Beach Park is visited by local Long Island residents and landlocked visitors from the 5 boroughs. Created by infamous master builder Robert Moses in 1920s, Jones Beach Park is made up of over 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean. Over 6 million people visit Jones Beach each year. Jones Beach is a great family-friendly beach option this summer.

Long Beach

Connecting almost all of the South Shore of Long Island and New York City via the Long Island Railroad, Long Beach is one of the best beaches on Long Island. With its famed boardwalk, Long Beach boasts over 3 miles of gorgeous white sand. And if you’re looking for a local vibe, Long Beach is your best bet. Just steps for the boardwalk, and leading you back to the Long Island Railroad station, you’ll find local restaurants, bars, and local shops.

Main Beach, East Hampton

Home to some of the most exclusive residents on Long Island, Main Beach is as secluded as beaches come. With no boardwalk like you’ll find in Long Beach, Main Beach is less crowded, but that’s what adds to its charm.

Robert Moses State Park

Attracting over 4 million visitors each year, Robert Moses State Park is a great family-friendly beach option. Broken down into 4 sections (Fields 2, 3, 4, and 5), Robert Moses State Park has options for all.

Fire Island

As a barrier island south of mainland Long Island, and part of Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island is one of the most popular tourist attractions for residents and visitors each year. Because you can only visit Fire Island by ferry, getting there is part of the adventure. Fire Island is over 32 miles long, and boasts historic tales of colonial-era pirates, shipwrecks, and rumrunning during Prohibition. There are no cars allowed on Fire Island, so if you’re not walking, you can rent bikes, private boats, water taxis, and golf carts. Fire Island has many different beaches, but some of the most popular include Ocean Beach – known for its downtown village vibe with restaurants, bars, and shops. While all of Fire Island is LGBT-friendly, you won’t find another community on Long Island quite as boastful as Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines.

Best Things to Do on Long Island

Wine and Dine

Long Island is home to some of the best wineries in the country. There are so many wineries on Long Island, and you can enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the beautiful landscape. Many of these wineries are open for tastings and tours, which is a great way to get to know the wineries better. These tours will give you an inside look at how the wine is made and how it’s put together. You’ll learn about all the different types of grapes, how they’re grown, and what makes each type unique.

The food scene on Long Island is just as impressive as the wine scene. There are many amazing places to eat and drink on the island. Some of the best restaurants and bars are located in Huntington, while others are based in Long Beach, and one of the most popular places to dine is by taking a trip to Sag Harbor. All of these places offer fantastic food and a great atmosphere. If you want to go out for dinner at night, plenty of restaurants are open late.

Kids and Family Fun

The Long Island Children’s Museum is great for kids to learn and play. There are so many different programs that kids can enjoy. If you have small children, head over to the Long Island Aquarium. Here, they can learn about different sea creatures and get a chance to touch some of them. There are also plenty of other exhibits that will keep the kids entertained. The Smithsonian Museum in Nassau is an excellent option if you have older children. There are many interactive exhibits for the kids here and a Science Center where they can learn about space and science in general.

Golfing and Outdoor Activities on Long Island

Long Island is a great place to golf. There are so many fantastic courses that offer something for every level of player. If you’re a beginner, you’ll find an 18-hole course that doesn’t require you to hit the ball over water or deal with crazy wind conditions. If you want to improve, there are courses that will challenge you and build your skills. Any way you slice it, Long Island has something for everyone looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

If there is one thing that fits the whole “outdoors” theme of Long Island, it is outdoor water sports like kayaking, surfing, and canoeing. The island is home to some beautiful waterways, so why not take advantage of them? There are plenty of places on Long Island where you can rent kayaks or canoes and head out on the water for fun in the sun. You can also enjoy other outdoor activities like hiking, bird watching, and fishing. For those who want to get away from it all and enjoy nature, several state parks on the island have lots of trails and activities to keep you busy.

Long Island Farms and Orchards

In the Northeast, it’s hard to find a place where you can walk through an apple orchard in the summer without getting a little bit dirty. The farms of Long Island provide the same experience with their crops. Whether you’re looking for the perfect way to see some fall colors or want to try some delicious apples, there are plenty of farms around Long Island. If you decide to go on a tour, check out some of these farms so you can learn about the history and culture of this area.

Experiencing nature firsthand is something that everyone should do once in their life. If you’re looking for a more modern farm, take the Long Island Railroad to Greenport and walk down to The Long Island Greenport Farm Museum. Several orchards are also open to the public. You can check out the orchards and make your apple pies. If you’re looking for a more adventurous way to see some of the orchards, make sure to go on a hayride with some of these farms to enjoy the experience.

Arts and Culture Around Long Island

Long Island is a place that you can visit for many different reasons. If you’re interested in art, there are plenty of museums and galleries to see. There is also one of the largest art collections in the world, the Museum of Modern Art. Not only is it home to some fantastic pieces, but it also hosts events like free Friday night concerts. These can be very fun and interesting to watch. Not only is Long Island an amazing place for art lovers, but it’s also an excellent place for history buffs as well. You can visit museums like the New York Historical Society Museum or learn about famous figures like Thomas Edison through exhibits at The Henry Ford.

Artists and musicians flock to Long Island for the summer. There are plenty of places for you to listen to live music and see some amazing art. Merrick’s Waterfront, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, and Hofstra University’s Nassau Coliseum are some of the most popular spots. Long Island is also a great place to visit for sports fans. While technically Queens is part of Long Island, Queens is part of New York City. The Mets play their home games at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows Park (Queens), while the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. If you’re staying in Manhattan, both are accessible via the NYC subway system. These are great places to go if you’re into watching professional sports and are easily accessible if you’re traveling from Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, or Manhattan.

Shopping Your Way Around Long Island

The shopping scene on Long Island is incredible. There are so many amazing shops with so much to offer. Shopping is one of the most fun things to do on Long Island, and there’s no shortage of options. Whether you’re looking for something unique or just want to shop local, the shops here have everything you need. With so many shopping areas, it’s easy to find something you like right where you live.

From clothing stores like Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, and J Crew to shoe stores like Alfred Sung and Steve Madden, to name a few worth checking out. Another thing you’ll find on Long Island is excellent malls like Westbury Galleria Center, Roosevelt Field, The Miracle Mile, and more. If you want even more shopping opportunities, Manhattan’s 5th Avenue is a short trip away from Long Island on the Long Island Railroad.

Long Island: a Unique History

The history of Long Island is a long, exciting tale full of adventure and excitement. The first inhabitants of the island were the Lenape Indians. They were a group of Native Americans that inhabited the island until the early 1700s. The Lenape Indians were a very peaceful group and did not have contact with any other groups in their day. The Dutch later colonized the island in 1615 and founded a settlement called New Amsterdam. In 1625, the English took control of New Amsterdam and renamed it New York City.

From then on, Long Island was settled by many different European groups until 1776, when it became part of the United States. Today, Long Island is a beautiful place with many diverse ecosystems and attractions. The island is home to more than 6 million people and is an excellent place for nature lovers, history buffs, and adventure seekers.

Yearly/Annual Long Island Events

• St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Montauk, March
• Hamptons Restaurant Week, March
• Long Island Marathon: Festival of Races, May
• Bethpage Federal Credit Union New York Air Show at JonesBeach, Memorial Day weekend
• Belmont Stakes, June
• Long Island International Film Expo, July
• Mattituck Strawberry Festival, July
• Scope Hamptons Art Fair, July
• Riverhead Blues Festival, July
• Hampton Classic Horse Show, August
• Medieval Festival at Sands Point, September
• Hamptons International Film Festival, October
• Annual Oyster Bay Oyster Fest, October
• Long Island Restaurant Week, November
• Charles Dickens Festival, December

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