Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2015 - Did you miss any?

Below are the top ten posts from 2015 as chosen by you, my loyal readers. Check them out if there are ones you missed or want to read again. And Please share them with friends that you feel might benefit from the information. I research all stories in great detail and hope that I can provide thorough resource guides on this site. It's a new year and I'm excited for the new adventures around the corner. Happy New Year!

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


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