Elevation Gain: 20m
Age Appropriate: 2+
Big Hill Springs is located between parkland and foothills natural regions; the main attraction is a series of small waterfalls that flow year-round over rocky terraces covered with a lush growth of shrubs and grasses; the park is also the site of an historic fish hatchery and Alberta’s first commercial creamery. [source]
When looking for a hiking spot with kids you want it short, flat, interesting and close to home. Just a few kilometres northwest of Calgary is Big Hill Springs Provincial Park.
The first part of the trail runs alongside the spring’s creek. Dozens of tiny splooshes and falls dot the path making it interesting for the kids. All along the way are various rock formations (tufa) that are perfect for mini mountaineers to scale and climb. At the top of the trail is a viewpoint overlooking the valley before the trail rambles through the forest for the return descent.
Many families with kids under 6 yrs old were galloping along the trail, a few with dogs and even 1 with a stroller.
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park is the perfect afternoon kid friendly hike near Calgary for a brood that needs to burn some steam.