I knew I was doing something right when my eight-year-old daughter exclaimed, “I love camping!” Grinning wide through a mouthful of pancakes, she was the most contented camper who ever dined at the tiny table of our weathered tent-trailer.
As Calgary locals living on the doorstep of Banff National Park, it can be easy to take our closest national park for granted. Some of us may adopt the attitude that Banff is ‘too touristy,’ ‘too busy,’ or even ‘too expensive,’ and we tell ourselves to stay far away during the popular summer months. Sound familiar?
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.
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