Hiking on kid friendly hiking trails with the whole family is what we do!
Getting out into the wilderness is amazing.
Below are 3 different hikes that we have recently completed and depending on your child's level of hiking ability, any of these could be a fun outing for everyone!
Lake Agnes Tea House
This hike is totally worth the drive to Lake Louise. We recommend getting there early, even before 8 a.m. if possible as the parking lot fills up fast! The hike up to Lake Agnes is about 3.8 km (round trip 7.6 km), which doesn’t seem long but it is a steady incline all the way, but there are flat spots along the way that make for rest stops.
At the base of the stairs leading up to the tea house there is a beautiful waterfall, and depending on how hot it is you may just want to step underneath it.
The teahouse is quite a treat, getting there early helps you to beat the rush of customers. They have implemented social distancing procedures which helps make it feel safe. Grabbing a tea and their delicious tea biscuits with jam is the perfect snack and feel so satisfying after the climb.
Lake Agnes is stunning this time of year, and as of last week, there was still a bit of snow. Once up top, your path can go in many directions; head up to Little Beehive trail, venture over to Big Beehive lookout, or head over to the Six Plains Tea House for another snack! There is so much to see and explore.
This hike is great for the whole family, dogs included!
Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail
This hike is approximately 16 km, but don’t let that scare you off. The views from this loop trail are breathtaking. This trail has varied terrain with a gradual incline in some spots through the forest and rocky hills. Your path wraps around the lake and there are many great photo opportunities. With benches (the best one being down a slope in front of a waterfall!) and spots off the trail along the way taking breaks is made easy.
If the full hike feels a bit too adventurous, if you start the trail clockwise, there is a beautiful bridge and waterfall near the beginning!
PRO TIP: Bring along your paddleboard, kayak or canoe to experience the lake.
Cox Hill Ridge
Disclaimer: This is probably for the older teenish kids in your family...
This hiking trail is only an hour from the city if you are heading out from the Northwest part of Calgary! This hike is about a 13 km round trip and is quite the steep incline all the way up but the view is 100% totally worth it. This time of the year the wildflowers at the top are in full bloom, you will feel like you are in the sound of music!
Don't be afraid of working hard on this hike, because it is worth it.