Several months ago, as I wandered around Chapters waiting on my daughter to spend her gift cards, I came across a book.
This book is called: Take a Hike with Your Children by Lynda Pianosi.
This book has 41 hikes in Banff, Canmore, Kanaskis. and Lake Louise. All hikes are within 2 hrs of Calgary and are child friendly and all but a few are 5k or less.
I bought the book. And I decided that this summer I would take my children on as many as I could.
Today is Father’s Day. It is also our first opportunity to check out a hike in this book. The descriptions are excellently written. You know as a reader exactly the difficulty and terrain before you go. It has a guide that tells the reader all sorts of things including if there are rest benches along the way and flush toilets or picnic tables or outhouses or if it’s sunny or shady. It even gives a plan b for every hike which is things like a playground or visitor center, for the days the kids just aren’t going to go hiking.
I highly recommend this book to every parent of young and old children!