Here in Alberta (and British Columbia), there are so many places that you can explore within a few hours of home, and my husband and I decided we want to start doing more of this. Not only is camping and hiking fun, but it’s inexpensive – when you’re on a new family budget, that is important!
This past month we’ve done two hikes and have loved it. We weren’t sure how Rory would do in the hiking backpack, as he hates to sit still or be contained for long, but to be honest he was a champ! Obviously we took a few more breaks than if it was just us so we could feed him snacks and drinks, but that is part of the fun.
The first hike we did was up to the Lake Agnes Tea House, in Lake Louise, Alberta. It was 3.5 km up to the tea house through the forest, a very busy trail, but beautiful views on the way up. Once at the top, you can order yourself some tea, sandwiches, and snacks (if you didn’t pack your own), and enjoy the view and take a rest. Rory slept the whole way down in the backpack!
This past weekend on our way to our condo in BC, we stopped for a hike at Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park. This hike was about 8.5 km round trip, so a bit longer than our first. Again, we were testing Rory to see how he did with a bit of a longer hike. He rocked it! We sang songs, he danced away, pointed at everything he saw. The view at the top was amazing! It is September and the weather was a bit cooler, so we had a quick lunch and boogied back down to our car so we could all warm up and get on our way.
We’ve been renting a backpack from Mountain Equipment Co-op and have quite enjoyed the process, being able to test out the hiking backpack before spending a fortune on one. If you haven’t tried renting equipment from them, I’d highly suggest it!
What are some of your favourite trails and hikes to do with kids?