Summer is here and if we lived out East, we’d be packing up to head for the family cottage or beach house. Warm lakes not being plentiful here, we do what we can to escape the city, and we head for the hills or the Rockies as the case may be. Our favorite thing to do as a family is hiking, and I’ve been exploring the local trails since I moved to Calgary 12 years ago.
Lovable llamas, playful hay wagon rides, fresh juicy berries or fantastically fragrant lavender: these are some of the attractions that may entice your family on a summer visit to an Alberta farm. As our society grows hungrier for healthier, close-to-the-land and back-to-nature foods, we are also looking for leisure activities ‘close to home.’
When you think of having a picnic in Kananaskis, what first comes to your mind? If it’s Elbow Falls, you aren’t alone. The popular picnic site is crowded and filled to capacity with Calgarians every weekend from May through September. Wouldn’t you love to find a different picnic spot, though, that is just as beautiful, equally close to the city and much less busy? Enter Allen Bill Pond.
Our family believes in making the most of every season, and it isn’t hard to do that when spring is around the corner. The warmer weather beckons us to get outside and bask in the sun. Our favorite place to be on a lovely spring day is exploring one of the many family-friendly trails in Kananaskis. Below are my top choices for a family day hike:
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