Last summer, I ventured out for the first time on a camping trip with my seven-year-old. We had a great time, and this year, I feel like I am ready to conquer camping with all three of my children. I have visions of a family-focused adventure: hot dogs and s’mores by the fire, fishing and swimming in a lake, slow hikes through a beautiful wooded park. No electronics, no distractions. I just know that my seven-, five- and three-year-old are going to love it, too - once they stop complaining about no video games, movies, and having to walk more than five feet, that is.
My family believes strongly in the classic summer vacation and every year, we plan a week in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. We like to visit the beaches and water parks, seek out adventure, and spend a lot of time on our bikes exploring new trails. If we can fit in a wine tour or two, we’re doing well and we call it a successful vacation! Here are my family’s five favorite things to do in the Okanagan Valley.
Summer is almost here, and Canmore is a great location close to home for those May and June weekend escapes before the kids are officially out of school and on vacation. Close enough for a day trip but enjoyable for a weekend getaway as well, Canmore offers something fun for every member of the family.
There’s still a lot of great skiing to be done in the next two months and guaranteed, Calgary will have at least a couple more snowstorms before the flowers finally push their way through the frozen ground. Where can you fast-forward Spring and find green grass in April? Head west to the sunny Columbia Valley near Radium Hot Springs and Invermere to find trails ready for hiking and biking, lakes that are ice-free for paddling and outdoor swimming pools warm enough and ready to enjoy. Spring is ready for you just across the Alberta border, a short three-hour drive from Calgary.
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