The Jewell Pass via Prairie View Trail, and Barrier Lake Fire Lookout hike has all sorts of rewards for your efforts. You can hit 3 different summit points, there’s a waterfall, cooling creeks, and a wide-open lakeshore to explore dotted with forests and meadows.
The Yamnuska scramble is rated as easy, and as far as scrambling for trails goes, it is. BUT .. you still need to have skill to find the trails. Here’s my review of the hike up Yamnuska I did with CORA
The Hoodoo Trail Writing On Stone provincial park is a wonderful place to explore Canada’s Badlands and see petroglyphs and pictographs. It’s an easy hike that normally offers huge expanses of sky above the rugged hoodoos – not on our visit.
The hike to Skookumchuck Narrows on the Sunshine Coast is a popular family affair. It’s long (for kids) at 10k return, but there’s a bakery, tide pools, and a visit to Endor if you plan your adventure right.
The Tunnel Mountain hike from the heart of Banff is a quick and stiff climb up Tunnel Mountain. Affording views of the entire Bow Valley, it’s a great one for kids to try. We camped at Tunnel Mountain Campground and took a trip to the top before taking a dip at the Upper Banff Hot Springs. CLICK THE PHOTO TO SEE THE STORY
I love the trails of Paskapoo Slopes just a few blocks from our house. No need to escape all the way to the Rockies to get a rugged hike in with the kids, this one is just 2 blocks away. In addition to the walk in the woods, it offers up a couple of interesting surprises: a Buddhist Stupa and 2 old cars stuck in the mud. Best part? How they got there is a complete mystery…
When is the best time to hike Larch Valley? In the fall, when the leaves are flaming yellow. Everyone knows this so go during the week, or early on the weekends. I left home at 630 and was rewarded with a fiery mountain meadow. Here’s some pictures, and 8 other hikes to avoid the crowds during larch season in the Rockies.
Road trips with kids need scheduled breaks. If you’re headed between the Okanagan and the coast, the best place to stop for lunch and a little hide and seek is the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park to see the Othello Tunnels.