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.
Your family may already be quite familiar with hiking many of my family’s favorite hiking trails. Add bikes in, though, and the trip takes on a whole different feeling. Hills suddenly become a lot more fun when you’re screaming down them and outings become a lot shorter, leaving more room for ice cream and playgrounds you find along the way. We discovered early on that my son could ride a lot farther than he could hike, and that our pedal-powered adventures would take us to locations rarely reached by a young child on foot. Many of our favorite trails are so much fun on bikes that we’ve stopped hiking them altogether, and we now look for ways to combine trails to lengthen our rides.
For parents motivated by a desire to maintain or rekindle connections with family across the country or around the globe, having children can lead to more travel than ever. But maybe you’ve put off visiting relatives or given up on your dream vacation, daunted by the uncertainties of coordinating life with children away from home. Preschoolers thrive on routine, but travel throws families into new situations and different time zones and requires a certain level of compromise. Travel-savvy parents know that routines tempered with flexibility are the key to keeping everyone happy on the road.
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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