About Me

I am the mom of a spunky 5 year old boy and wife to an amazing husband, partner and friend.  We live in Calgary, Canada at the doorstep to the fabulous Rocky Mountains.  Our family makes it a priority to get out to the mountains almost every weekend for what many would say are big adventures given we have a young child.  We’ve taken our son backpacking since he was one and we continue to make wilderness trips a priority in both summer and winter.  We also enjoy paddling, biking, skiing, and camping as a family.  No matter the season, we're outside and enjoying our beautiful backyard in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Family Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
Overnight paddling trips in our glorious backyard
Stand up paddleboarding - my favourite summer activity

It is never easy doing family trips to the mountains and this blog will never be all rainbows and lollipops.  I  describe the incidents that make us laugh as a family and the ones that make us want to throw in the towel and find a permanent weekend babysitter.  (Hello Grandma!)  There are real challenges when you choose to take your biggest passions and add children.  That being said, I think we are surviving fabulously and it is my goal to inspire other families to also get out and explore the wonderful Canadian Rockies.

Biking in the Canadian Rockies

To find out more about my freelance writing and the publications I've written for, go the Contact Me page.  This page also has information on companies I've partnered with and current sponsorships.

Year Round Camping!

22 comments:

  1. Wow, very nice place Calgary! Hope your son will be healthily grown up.

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    1. Thanks Shuichi. I hope you can come visit Calgary and the Canadian Rockies some day.

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  2. I have enjoyed your blog! Many great posts. I spend a few weeks every year with our boys in the Rockies, but as of yet have not been quite as adventurous as you with kids. Working up to it.

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    1. Thanks. Glad you like my writing. Let me know if you need any suggestions for your next visit here.

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  3. Stopping by as I work on the "Support Your Outdoor Bloggers" post. Thanks for getting us all organized and including me! Hope you're having a fun summer.

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  4. I stumbled upon your blog and love it. We are from Calgary but now live overseas. We have two children ourselves and will most definitely keep your link for future visits home so we can head into the outdoors. You're a trooper!

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    1. Thanks and good luck in the contest. I'll check out your blog.

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  6. Hi! I am mom to a 13 yr old son who I have been taking hiking, camping etc with just the two of us since he was six, and with three of us from before that. I have spring itchy feet but not enough time tomorrow to go out to Kananaskis or Banff, and found your blog while looking for more information on hikes within Calgary. I wanted to say thanks for the postings, and do please keep it up!

    Erika

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  7. Hi! I am mom to a 13 yr old son who I have been taking camping, hiking, etc with just the two of us since he was six, and with three of us from before that. I was looking for more information on hikes within Calgary to satisfy my spring itchings and found your blog - it's great, thanks, and definitely do keep it up!

    Erika

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    1. Hi Erika. I'm glad you found my blog. I'll be writing about camping all summer long. We have a lot of trips planned! You can also follow my friend Ken's blog. He has older kids around the age of 12 I believe and writes about hiking with them in the Can. Rockies. He plans trips to for older school aged kids out of CORA. http://www.biggreyrocks.com/
      http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Outdoor-Recreation-Association-CORA/

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  8. Really enjoying your blog, thanks for creating it! I've been hiking with my daughter in the Rockies since she was a baby, but only get out a couple of times a year. She is seven now and I find myself with more time (recently sold my business), and this summer I plan to get her out far more! Yesterday opened our season and we did Grassi Lakes, Ribbon Creek, Troll Falls and Grotto Canyon in two days. This has been a fabulous resource and I'm sure it will continue to be. Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks a lot! Hope you enjoyed those hikes. They are favs. of ours for sure.

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  9. Wow, I am just loving this blog... you are a very inspiring family!! Such exciting adventures you've done. I truly love how you include your child in things that many families wouldn't ever think possible. What an incredible gift you are giving to him by being active in the rockies!!

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  10. Hey there! Stumbled across your site when looking for Canadian Rockies with kids through Google (I am based in the UK). It's mega expensive for us to get over to Canada so we are saving up but hope to do a self drive through the rockies with our kids in the next year or so. Just looking in to routes and places to stay to try and calculate a budget.

    We also love camping but won't be able to take all our gear with us. If you know of any campsites on the main tourist routes where they have ready build up tents you can stay I would love to hear about them please :) If fact any places you can recommend that are reasonably priced and great for "outdoorsy" families would be appreciated. My contact email is jackie_griffiths@live.co.uk

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  11. Thank you for your writing. I am so happy that I find people who are in the same situation as me and my husband are right now. We used to go out a lot and hike and camp but after we've had our sons, one is 4 and the other one is 2 years old, we had to slow down a lot and we didn't know where to go so they would be able to have fun and in the same time we would do the same things that we used to. We have gone hiking a few times in Kananaskis and the last long weekend we went out camping in Penticton but we didn't know that there are so many possibilities until I came across your website. We just came back from Europe a few months ago and I have this idea in mind, as I have heard some of my friends over there talking about it, of creating a camp for families who like to go up in the mountains and hike and camp...and so on. The camp would be not only for kids but for families and kids together and I was thinking of talking with somebody that would have more insight about the trails and camping sites in the Rockies. Could you maybe email me if you are interested in talking a little bit more about this? my email is:mrlardta@gmail.com

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  12. Hi,
    Thanks for leaving your comment and i'm glad you've found my blog useful. We were just in Penticton last week. Love it there. There are many camps here dedicated to families and kids together I think. Many of them are church Bible camps but the YMCA also does camps I think. Just do a google search for local camps and see if they do family camps.
    But it's a great idea.

    For my family, we usually book group campgrounds and go with friends, gathering groups of up to 10 families. It works well and we get to choose who we camp with. We generally choose families who all have kids in the same age range and are from my Outdoor playgroup community that I run.

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  13. We are heading your way in a week to camp at Jasper and Banff National Parks. We are bringing 2 families with 4 kids 4 and under. It's gonna be dirty but fun. Thank you for all of your wonderful insider information!

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    1. thanks and let me know what you end up doing. I'm always eager to hear trip reports from families who've tried new things in the parks.

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