Top 10 Posts of 2015
One - The Top 10 Spring Family Hikes in Kananaskis
I was overwhelmed by the success of this post. Clearly you wanted to get out hiking last spring and were looking for ideas close to home. Need winter ideas - check out this recent story I wrote for Calgary's Child - 10 Family-friendly winter hikes.
|Mini-Mountain Man on the Prairie View Hike - great for spring hiking|
Two - Our 5 Favourite Campgrounds (within a 3 hour drive of Calgary)
Campground reservations go live for the summer in the national parks next week. Time to start thinking about where you want to camp this summer.
|Red Streak Campground, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia|
Three - Holiday Gift Guide for Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing
There were a ton of giveaways in this year's gift guide and it will definitely be back next year! Watch for it late next November. (something to mark on the calendar)
|Snowshoeing at Mosquito Creek, Banff National Park|
Four - The Best of the Columbia Valley (Radium Hot Springs to Invermere - and beyond)
I was thrilled with the success of this resource guide published last summer. We love the Columbia Valley and make many trips to Radium Hot Springs or Invermere though the year.
|Hiking in the Columbia Valley on the Radium Hot Springs Trails|
Five - Paddling and Camping on the Columbia River with Kids
Thank you for reading this story. Camping and paddling on the Columbia River was one of our highlights of the past year. We can't wait to do another overnight river trip this coming summer.
|Our beach campground on the Columbia River, British Columbia|
Six - Summer Planning - Where to Camp in the National Parks of Alberta
Campground reservations for Banff National Park go live next week on January 14th and January 13th for Jasper National Park. Time to start thinking about where you want to camp. More information on reservations is here on the Parks Reservations website. And you really want to buy an annual park pass this year. Passes will be valid for two years (with 2017 being free if you buy a pass in 2016.) More on two year park passes here.
|We love the hot springs in Jasper National Park|
Seven - The Best Campgrounds for Active Families
Yes, camping stories were popular and always are on my blog. So here's your chance to tell me what topics you'd like me to cover this year. Leave a comment with suggestions for camp stories you'd like me to cover.
|Biking from the Tunnel Mountain Campgrounds, Banff National Park|
Eight - Our Favourite Microadventures in Calgary
Geocaching, biking, and exploring Calgary's natural areas were popular topics on my blog this past year. After all, we can't take off to the mountains every day of the week. (or can we??)
|Climbing on the Big Rock on the Paskapoo Slopes east of Canada Olympic Park|
Nine - Camping Across British Columbia - Wasa Lake
British Columbia is a popular vacation destination for those of us in Southern Alberta. And clearly you are looking for information on new campgrounds. We stayed at Wasa Lake for the first time this past summer and it was a great family campground.
|Wasa Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia|
Ten - An Inside Look at WinSport Mountain Bike Camps at Canada Olympic Park
I had a lot of fun researching this story and even got to shadow my son's class for a morning. I can't believe how much I learned in one short morning, let alone how much my son learned in a full week. We'll be back for these camps this summer for sure!
|WinSport Canada Mountain Bike Camps at Canada Olympic Park|
Honorable Mentions (Top 20)
Calgary By Bike - A Guide to Downtown Calgary's Cycle Tracks and Paths
Calgary's Best Walks and Nature Strolls with Lori Beattie
Campsite to Trail - The Best Campgrounds for Biking Families
Jasper Has an Ice Cave - For Real
Our New Favourite Campground in Banff
Our New Favourite Alberta Camping Destination
Calgary's New Climb Park - The Hanger
Kids on Wheels - Nipika Mountain Resort
The Four Summit Day - Ha Ling Peak to Miners peak
The Most Popular Hike in Banff - without the crowds
|Ridge walking on Miners Peak, Canmore|