Hey Adventure Squad! Over the summer I've been asked so many times what my favorite kid friendly hikes are, so I thought I would write a blog about it.
Here they are in no particular order!
1) Heart Creek Bunker | 4.0km 212m
Heart Creek Bunker is a fantastic little hike that will give the kids something to talk about with all their friends for a long time...my kids are still talking about it!
This bunker was constructed by a group of brothers in the 1960's during the Cold War to withstand a nuclear threat. The bunker was designed with the intention to be fully self-sufficient with power, water & heating, but it never came into fruition.
Trail Tip: bring a very bright flashlight, as cellphone flashlights aren't bright enough!
2) Blackshale Suspension Bridge | 6.1km 333m
This is another hike that will have your kids reeling over the adventure component of this hike. This in-and-out hike has the Blackshale Suspension Bridge at the half way point. The kids will enjoy the thrilling excitement of walking over the bridge, that they will forget all about the trek to get there.
Trail Tip: Go in the off season or on weekdays during the summer, as this trail is highly trafficked. This bridge is CLOSED in the winter.
3) Grotto Canyon | 7.1km 395m
Don't let the distance of this one scare you. You can make this hike as long or as short as you like as it is an in-and-out trail.
The first 500m of this trail is quite boring, so don't let that deter you. Once you hit the canyon it all ohhhhs & ahhhhs from everyone in your group!
About halfway through, there is a waterfall followed by an Inukshuk Garden, which is a perfect place to rest and have a snack.
Trail Tip: In the winter months make sure you wear microspikes to ensure that you can safely enjoy the hike.
4) Paddy's Flat Interpretive Trail | 7.2km 206m
The reason why we choose this trail is because of the proximity to SE Calgary. It's a quick drive to enjoy a great hike among the trees and the Elbow River. There are great spots to sit by the river to explore, throw rocks or have lunch!
Trail Tip: Let your kids lead the way! This will help them grow their passion for exploration while increasing their confidence on the trail.
5) Heart Creek Trail | 4.8km 307m
This trail is not to be confused with Heart Creek Bunker trail, although both trails start from the same parking lot.
This trail will give you and the kids the amazing sense of wonder that only comes from Mother Nature. Between the tall spruce, the enormous cliffs and the waterfall at the end, your kids will be begging to go back hiking again!
Trail Tip: Pack candy for those difficult times where the kids need a little extra motivation.
Well there you have it! Our family's top 5 kid friendly hikes. We sincerely hope this list inspires you and your family to get out there and explore.