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Five places to paddle in and around Calgary

On a calm, clear day there’s no better place to be than on the water! As your canoe glides through the water, away from busy beaches, all your worries are forgotten. Whether you paddle to a secret fishing hole, watch wildlife, or simply enjoy the scenery, it’s easy to relax on the water – as long as the weather cooperates. Fortunately for us, there are several lovely places to paddle in and around Calgary that are perfect for families!

Don’t have a boat? Many lakes have onsite canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals that include life jackets and safety gear, so all you need to bring is sunscreen, water, and snacks!

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The wonders of water

There’s no question that H2O, in all its forms, is fascinating to young children. When given opportunities to explore water and how it feels, tastes and looks, children’s natural curiosity about the world in general increases. I love providing my kids, both at home and school, opportunities to play with water in all of its different shapes. Here are some of our favorite ways to play!

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Loose parts play toolkit

Loose parts play is an incredible way to spark imagination, promote problem solving, and empower children to take charge of their own play and environments. Loose parts are any materials that can be moved, carried, built and taken apart, lined up stacked together, and tinkered with.

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Frugal summer activities to keep the family entertained

Here are some fun and frugal ways to enjoy the summer outdoors either as a family or by getting the rest of the neighborhood involved! What are you waiting for? Go have an adventure! 

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