Aventure #1 - #howtodad

As dads, we get to be like adventure guides for our families. Over the next few weeks I'm going to highlight some of the fun adventures I've either participated in with my own family, or heard other families have a lot of fun with.

So here it goes...

Adventure #1 - Hiking

Hiking is an activity that families of any age or size can comfortably do together. Depending on where you live, you may have great access to bodies of water, mountains, grasslands or other unique features that will make your time together incredible! Being outside provides you with a great opportunity to connect with your family outside of the normal hustle and bustle that is sometimes the dad life...and it's super simple to organize:

  • Pick a place you'd like to try out
  • Pack food and water
  • Lather on sunscreen & bug spray
  • Don't forget your camera!! - take lots of photos...makes the memories last

Here are some of the fun places to hike we've hit up as a family this summer. 


Sheep River Falls


Sheep River Falls is located in Kananaskis Country here in Alberta. It's a free park open to families, and it's worth the drive!! You can hike right down to the water's edge. Enjoy!


Elbow River - Stanley Park

Here is Calgary we have the privilege of having two rivers run through our city. The Elbow River is smaller, and provides young families with quiet spaces to explore and enjoy. We got our fill of rocks, minnows and fun in the sun!



Johnston Canyon


Johnston Canyon is epic. If my young family can do the 6k hike to the upper falls, then yours can too! Again, this is a free hike. The only cost to us was the gas to drive to the starting location...and yes, it was worth it!!



Bow River Falls

Bow River Falls is located on the east edge of Banff. It's a fun hidden gem in the middle of tourist central. There is a lot of space to walk around, throw rocks and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I officiated a wedding at this very location back in 2007...it's a great spot!!


These are just a few of my summer 2014 favourites. I would love to hear about some of the places that your family enjoys hiking (which is really just a form of walking) together. Comment below or tag me in your own family's photos.

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