Big Hill Springs Provincial Park: An Easy Hike Close to Calgary

Big Hill Springs Provincial Park is a hidden gem and a place that I can see returning to over and over again.  Picture a spot that has a creek shallow enough for the kids to splash and play in, multiple little waterfalls, big rocks to play on, several wood teepees to walk through, picnic benches by the water, interesting geological features and a short easy hike with minimal elevation gain.  To top it all off, it is only 20km from the northwest edge of Calgary’s city limits.  The short distance to this park makes it a perfect little getaway.   Continue reading


Hiking with kids

Spring has officially sprung, and to kick it off we went on our first hike of the season in Kananaskis this past weekend.  Felix and Max have been asking all winter to go hiking and I think this upcoming year Max’s feet will finally be big enough for ice cleats so that we can do just that, but for now we were waiting for snow melt.  Since this was the first hike of the season, it took me a bit of time to remember and find all the stuff we would need.  The hike was a last-minute decision and so I ended up packing way too much stuff and leaving the city way too late.  Usually I like to have the car packed up the night before so that we can roll out after breakfast and get to the trailhead before 10am; this way we typically avoid heavy weekend traffic and we can take our time on the trail letting the boys set the pace.  We still managed to pull of a great hike and now that the first one of 2016 is out of our systems, I feel like I’m ready to tackle all the ones to come.
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