|Entering Jura Canyon for a wild winter hike|
Why we love Jura Canyon in winter so much: You can't hike here in summer! This narrow little canyon is full of water in the summer so you'd be following the hiking trail up above it. And the summer trail is boring.
|Melissa and MJ of the blog Rockies Chick in Jura Canyon|
How we discovered this canyon? No idea! But we've been hiking it for the past ten years. And so far, nobody has ever fallen into the creek and gotten hypothermia. It helps that it is usually frozen by late November. (usually! This year we were plucking quite a few people out of icy water.)
|Climbing the rock of doom (we had a couple slides down it into a waist deep pool of icy water)|
Why this year's Jura Canyon hike was AWESOME
One. SNOW. It's been very dry in Calgary so far this year. However, we found tons of white snow along the Jura Creek Trail and even made snowmen at the trailhead.
|Making a snowman at the trailhead|
|Snow for pulling sleds (this doesn't happen every year in this valley)|
|The hike was beautiful with fresh snow|
Two - Excitement! Normally the creek is well frozen by December but we were calling it an epic adventure this year as defined by the number of kids who fell in the creek. There were many open pools of water that we had to skirt around with slippery rocks that threatened to send you swimming in the pools of icy water.
And while open water may turn many people off, we considered it to be all part of the wild Jura adventure. (Fortunately, the canyon entrance is only half a kilometre away from the highway so if you do get wet and cold at the beginning of the hike, it's a short walk back.)
|Hiking through the narrowest part of the canyon|
Three - Great Friends. We had a great group of 7 families out for the hike this year (our biggest Jura group yet) and my son had great fun chasing the older girls up the creek.
|Kids chasing each other through the canyon|
|Coming out of the tightest part of the canyon|
|Noah and his new friends|
Four - It was JURA. Which means, it's always awesome!! How can a hike through a narrow canyon along a pretty creek not be awesome? There are tons of opportunities to scramble on rocks, play on ice slides and leap over rocks.
|Natural obstacle course|
|And more ice!|
Five - We all had a blast! And at the heart, this is what always matters.
|Waterproof boots required in here|
|Team work to get the kids over tricky parts|
|The kids got to work on their balance|
|Who needs a playground?|
I had a blast too!
|Noah and I in the canyon|
|Love this canyon!!|
Hope you can join us next time! Till then, check out the route description in last year's story: Jura Creek - The Best Winter Hike in Kananaskis.
You can also read more in the previous year's story: Ice, Ice, Baby - Winter Canyon Hiking.
Finally, check out Karen's story on her blog, Play Outside Guide: DIY Ice Walks near Calgary
|Hiking out Jura Creek|