|The Mosquito Creek Hostel|
|Our friends and partners in adventure for the weekend|
Each bedroom sleeps 5 and has two bunk beds, one of them a double on bottom. The cabin comes stocked with sheets, pillows and mountains of blankets. Families with small children might want to bring a playpen if there is concern about kids falling off the bunks. Other than the sleeping area, the cabin has a kitchen with stove and fridge along with a water tap for drinking and doing dishes. There is a small table and chairs for eating along with a sofa. We also found a couple high-chairs in the common cabin which was a wonderful surprise for our friends with a one-year old.
|The short hike from the parking lot to the hostel|
|A glimpse inside the common area of our cabin|
On Saturday we drove to Lake Louise to do some cross-country skiing. Our friends pulled their kids in a double chariot while we pulled our son in his pulk. The kids didn't last long on the trail but our husbands were super generous and let us moms ski to the Great Divide and back while they skied back with the kids and kept them occupied with snacks. After skiing, we went into the Chateau Lake Louise to have more snacks and coffee. Back at the hostel, the kids had a blast playing in the snow and sliding down a small hill beside our cabin. The hostel supplies sleds to help with shuttling gear into the cabins from the parking lot and we were grateful for that because we hadn't brought any with us. We made use of the fire-side room to warm up in and I showed my son that Mommy knows how to play guitar. The room is circular around a giant fireplace and the kids enjoyed chasing each other around. It's a great design for a game of tag. The kids also could have spent hours climbing on the couches circling the room.
|Our family xc skiing at Lake Louise|
|Pulling the kids on the Great Divide Trail|
|Greta and I at the Great Divide|
|Happier kids would be harder to find|
|Noah's first snow angel - hasn't stopped talking about it since the weekend|
|The toboggan run we made outside our cabin|
|A short but exciting slide|
|I had lots of help strumming|
Dinner prep was easy in our cozy cabin featuring all the amenities necessary for making spaghetti and meat sauce. The kids went to bed easily after their busy day and us parents got to spend a second night of playing games and sharing a few drinks.
|Trying to cook with a little help from the kids|
We said goodbye to our friends Sunday morning and split ways to pursue different adventures. They chose to snowshoe around Mosquito Creek where there is certainly plenty of snow for that sort of fun. We drove up to the Boom Lake trail head in Banff at Vermillion Pass because it's our favorite ski trail in the Rockies and we hadn't done it yet this year. It took us about an hour and a half to ski into the lake pulling the pulk and a quick 45 minutes to ski out, screaming weeeee much of the time. We hadn't had the chance to take our new pulk on a back-country adventure yet this winter and I'm pleased to say that it performed well and didn't tip on the steep hills down to the parking lot.
|Skiing into Boom Lake in a winter wonderland of snow|
|This is why we go ski touring instead of always doing track-set skiing - it's so beautiful!|
|All very happy to have made it to the lake|
|Mommy Noah love|
|Skiing back down the trail|
|The scenic bridge right before the parking lot|
Winter ideas for Mosquito Creek:
- Snowshoe around the Mosquito Creek Campground or up Mosquito Creek itself as far as you feel safe
- Snowshoe along the lake-shore of Bow Lake
- Snowshoe to the Peyto Lake Viewpoint
- Go Cross country skiing at Lake Louise on one of many groomed trails in the area
- Go Down hill skiing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort
- Go Skating on the cleared section of Lake Louise
- Snowshoe along the lake-shore of Lake Louise or up to Mirror Lake
- Hike up the Mosquito Creek trail towards Molar Pass as far as you want
- Hike to Helen Lake
- Hike around Bow Lake to Bow Glacier Falls
- Hike the Bow Summit Lookout trail
- Visit the Peyto Lake viewpoint
- Day hikes at Lake Louise (many options including the Lake Agnes or Plain of Six Glaciers Tea houses)
- Day hikes at Moraine Lake, Lake Louise
- Take the summer gondola up to the top of the Lake Louise Ski Resort
Do you have a fantastic place you like to stay with your family?