A dad and 3 kids on a family hike in the mountain alpine of Jasper National Park, Canada

Becoming an outdoor family with Take Them Outside

I don’t get my kids outside everyday.  I might want to take them outside and they won’t go.  Or, maybe it’s cold and I don’t want to go outside either.  Am I a hypocrite?  Sometimes the kids just say “no” even if I’m standing at the door dressed and ready for adventure.  I can’t force them, can I?  Do you?  What’s the big secret?  How do we make our family[…]

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two girls hiking on a wooded trail one carrying a large stick

10 tips to get your kids outside (because it’s not always easy)

We hear it all the time “kids need less screen time, more outside time”.  Intentions aside, in today’s world of social fears, urban living, and over-scheduled lives, it’s hard to get your kids outside.  It’s hard to get ourselves outside!  We don’t need more lectures on why kids need outdoor time.  Instead we need practical solutions on getting them out.

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Wilcox Pass in Jasper National Park is a rewarding family hike with amazing views of the Athabasca Glacier

Wilcox Pass, Spectacular Views Above the Icefields Parkway

Did you know that the Icefields Parkway is one of the most beautiful highways on earth?  That’s a pretty grand claim to make for a little highway winding through some mountains in the wilderness of Canada.  And yet, while I haven’t driven on every highway on earth, I’m pretty comfortable agreeing with this statement! The Icefields Parkway brings you into the heart of the Canadian Rockies connecting the towns of[…]

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A view down snowy Patricia Street in the town of Jasper. Whistlers Mountain is in the background.

There’s More to the Town of Jasper Than Souvenirs and Chocolate!

A visit to Jasper National Park will leave you with beautiful memories of mountains and wildlife… and hopefully stories to share of adventure and exploration.  While most visit Jasper to partake in its wilderness, there are many ways to enjoy yourself within the town of Jasper itself.   Exploring the town of Jasper The town of Jasper is small and quaint.  Summer is the busy season here, when the streets[…]

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Learn how to get kids excited and interested in nature with indoor birdwatching

Invite Learning & Curiosity with Indoor Birdwatching

Do you have a little bird-lover in your family?  Want a fun way to nourish that interest?  Well, we have a bird enthusiast in our family and I’m going to share with you how we set up an indoor birdwatching station so our daughter could enjoy the birds even when she was inside the house. This indoor bird watching station is one of many indoor nature activity ideas.  Sometimes kids[…]

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Various plates of food on a dark restaurant table

Yummy Eats: Top 5 Family Restaurants in Jasper

Make eating out decisions easier with a few top recommendations below.  If you’re planning a family trip to Jasper National Park, chances are you’ll want to eat some food at some point.  There are so many choices to choose from, that sometimes making that decision can be overwhelming.  To help, I’ve narrowed down a few top family restaurants for Jasper below. Favorite family restaurants in Jasper National Park:   Top[…]

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How to make these cute and easy valentine's day nature craft cards with dried leaves

Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Nature Craft

Do you or your littles enjoy collecting leaves?  Do your children like to make their own Valentine’s Day cards?  Here’s an easy Valentine’s Day nature craft card which will combine both activities! (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I receive a small commission at no added cost to you. I only recommend stuff I use and enjoy. See my policy[…]

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View from the top of Sulphur Skyline Trail

Miette Hot Springs and Sulphur Skyline Trail in Jasper

What will you see and do in Jasper National Park?  There are mountains, and marmots, and miles to hike… and not enough time to see it all! Have you heard of the Miette Hot Springs?  Yep, Jasper has hot springs too.  And, next to the spring fed pools there is this amazing hike you can do called the Sulphur Skyline Trail.  There are tonnes of big horn sheep living in[…]

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a young girl barefooted hoping across rocks in a lake

Raising a Confident Child | How I Failed Her by Thinking She Couldn’t Do It

Have you ever stopped your child from trying something because you were afraid they might get hurt or because you thought they’d fail?  Does this sound familiar?  “Get down off that rock.”  “Don’t go so high in that tree.” “How about you try an easier sport?”  I know I’ve said these words before.  And you know what, every time I stop my child from attempting something new, risky, or challenging…[…]

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