Hiking during the Festive Season has become an increasingly popular activity in the past years. It’s a great opportunity to leave the house and take a refreshing trip just before work resumes so you can start the New Year on a high note! Families with kids have in particular taken to this new tradition since it allows for a healthy yet exciting opportunity to spend quality time with family. Exploring and being adventurous is no doubt a better alternative to staying at home on the couch watching TV! This said, here are a few recommendations of hiking trails to check-out if being adventurous will be one of your 2017 resolutions:
The Frozen Troll Falls
Located in the Kananaskis Country and not far from the lodging available at the Kananaskis village, The Trolls Falls Trail is one of the most wonderful hiking trails for a winter family hike. It’s a wide and flat area and leads you through crowds of beautiful soaring winter trees. Depending on the time of year, the drive up can vary from 30-60 minutes, during winter however not only are the views more interesting but less crowded, too! The drive that leads into Kananaskis Country is already a good introduction to the journey. It is surrounded by very serene, fairy-tale like and breathtaking scenery. A lot of steep climbing isn’t required and your children won’t have any reasons to moan! The Frozen Troll Falls are absolutely stunning when frozen and are certain to impress everyone, after all, it is not a common sight! The only thing you will need for this trip is a sturdy pair of hiking boots for all of your family members. Without breaks and the alike, the hiking trial can take up to two hours and measures about 3.4km. If you are looking for a hike that will engage and awe all of your family, this is definitely a superb choice! Pets are welcome.
Emerald Lake remains located in British Columbia in the Yoho National Park. This is a bit of a more adventurous choice since it is a more remote area. The parking is located more than 1km away from the trial, which can only mean one thing: no disruptions and complete tranquillity. The hiking trial is usually cleared of excess snow during winter but proper footwear is advised (although you can engage in skiing and snowshoeing too!). The circumference of the lake is about 5.2km. Strolling, this could take anywhere from 1-3 hours to cross. There is an impressive view of Mt. Burgess available just from below the Emerald Lake too. If you are looking for a longer stay, there is a lodge right at the base of the lake that can accommodate your family without any problem, as this destination is not nearly as popular as Lake Louise. There is no chance of having Wi-Fi or watching TV here, cell reception can also be a problem! Regardless, this is a unique and inviting choice for any family hike. Pets are also welcome.
Tunnel Mountain, located in Banff, is a sure-fire way to have your kids be proud of their hiking achievements. By the end, they will be able to tell everyone that they have reached the peak without any problems. The hiking trial is an engaging zigzag, which helps avoid one full steep climb that could quickly exhaust and bore the whole family. The full trial will measure about 4.8km and is well preserved and shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half to complete. If you will be traveling with children under 4 years of age you might need to hold them for certain portions of the trial. You are able to see quite a vast amount of mountain peaks around you which will make you feel like you’re residing in the middle of another fairytale! Even from such low-elevation, the views will stun the youngest and the oldest participatory. The summit allows for a sublime view of the pastel-coloured town of Banff located below.
A Few Tips
Before you take your big or little rascals on this journey, be sure to prepare accordingly. Even though these hiking trails are family-friendly and generally easy, it is better to be safe than sorry. Ensure that you are dressed like an onion, have extra clothes (just in case!), safety gear, are aware of the weather, have liquids on you at all times, read the signs and last but not least, reward yourself and your family after you a trial for making it to the end!
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