It’s always fun to visit someplace new as a family, discover a new favorite trail, and perhaps even try out a new sport. And while the summertime may seem like the best time to go ‘exploring,’ personally, my family likes to visit new places in the wintertime. Summer’s such a short season and tends to get filled up with revisiting our favorite parks and campgrounds. Winter, on the other hand, at least in Alberta, is long and tends to drag on for five or more months, so it’s the perfect time to come up with creative destinations to explore, then take a trip and try something new.
Raise your hand if your last mountain picnic was at Elbow Falls in Kananaskis. If your hand is up, guaranteed it isn't the only one since this is easily the most popular picnic destination within a 45-minute drive from Calgary. Fortunately, there are many other locations that are equally accessible from the city - and definitely less crowded. Visit one of these new day-use areas this Fall and plan a mountain picnic for the next nice weekend. Many of the picnic areas highlighted here have water features as well, so bring your swimsuits for a final dip before colder weather sets in!
There’s nothing quite like sleeping under the stars, sitting around a campfire and spending quality time with the family. But for family campers, packing up the kids, setting up a tent and living in the outdoors can seem like a daunting task. Turn that family camping trip into an inclusive, comfortable and addictive pastime! Here are a few helpful tips on how to plan and pack for any camping adventure.
As a teacher, I believe that it's important to help our children experience the history, traditions, and cultural legacies which make Alberta great. If you want to share Alberta's unique and diverse heritage with your kids - minus the crowds, party atmosphere, and expense of the Stampede - we have some great suggestions for daytrips which will help you and your family learn about the fascinating history of the city and province we call home.
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