Playground at Whistlers Campground with Whistlers Mountain in the background

Why Whistlers Campground is Perfect for Family Camping

Every summer I bring my kids to Whistlers campground for a week of playing, exploring, marshmallow roasting, and campsite spying. Yep, I said campsite spying.  Are you a campsite snoop?  Do you enjoy seeing how other people are camping just as much as you enjoy the camping itself?  You know, walking around the sites and checking out all the different get-ups:  Jeeps with roof-top tents, converted school buses, tiny tents,[…]

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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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View from the top of Sulphur Skyline Trail

Miette Hot Springs and Sulphur Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park

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, tonnes of big horn sheep living in the area, and the old crumbling ruins[…]

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Marmot Meadows – Cross Country Skiing and outdoor winter fun

Getting our kids excited about cross country skiing can be challenging, especially when it is so cold outdoors and so warm indoors.  Even I have a hard time convincing myself to go out.  But Parks Canada has done a good job helping families make the most of an outdoor adventure by creating – what Parks calls – a winter hub at Marmot Meadows here in Jasper National Park. We took advantage of their inviting programming[…]

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Old Fort Point, a family walk with a few challenges and great rewards

A thorough exploration of Jasper’s best known walks would not be complete without a climb up to the top of Old Fort Point. This hill looms up out of the surrounding forests to stand sentinel beside the Athabasca River. I guess, in a way, it does resemble a fort, maybe even more so to those long-ago travellers making their way through the Rockies along the Athabasca.  But, as far as I[…]

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Easy and assessible walk at Pyramid Lake Island in Jasper National Park

Pyramid Lake Island, easy and quick fun for little ones

We just love this little island!  Pyramid Island is quick to get to, an easy walk, and offers beautiful views.  Going to Pyramid Lake Island is a favourite activity for our family.  We especially love to go here with a bag of goodies from the Bear Paw Bakery or Snow Dome Café, and the intention to sit and relax while the kids run, play, and explore. A few weeks ago, after dropping the oldest child[…]

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The Maligne River and Magic Water

Kids love magic.  Kids love water.  So, what could be more exciting than finding magic water while out on a hike? Here in Jasper we have a very special lake, Medicine Lake.  This lake fills and empties through underground rivers.  Then, these rivers follow various courses under and above ground to rejoin the Maligne River.  And when underground rivers flow out of the ground, it is magical. For our family walk today[…]

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Great place to explore - Horseshoe Lake in Jasper National Park, Canadda

Horseshoe Lake: Rock climbing and root hopping

Where should you go with active kids who love to run and climb and jump?  Horseshoe Lake.  This is our 7-year-old’s absolute favourite spot in Jasper National Park.  The lake and trail are close to the parking lot, and full of rocks and boulders, questionable bridges and stairs, a cave, cliffs, and lots of roots and fallen trees to climb over.  As adults, it is a nice short walk and a fun challenge to[…]

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Hiking with kids along the Pyramid Lake Fire Road

Jasper weather has been uncharacteristically crummy as of late.  The temperatures are low and the sky seems to be cloudy with a continual threat of rain.  Although I would rather stay warm and dry indoors, summer is too short here.  If I don’t get outside to enjoy the trails now, soon they’ll be covered in snow.  And so, with rain jackets and umbrellas in hand, we set off on another kid-friendly[…]

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Discovering wildflowers in Jasper National Park

Discovering Wildflowers on the Jasper Discovery Trail

I love this time of year in Jasper. The weather is warm, town is full of tourists, camping season has begun, and school has ended.  Out in the forest the trails are dry, the bugs aren’t too bad yet, and the wildflowers are in bloom. The town of Jasper is circled by a walking trail called the Discovery Trail. Just a short stroll from my door puts me onto this trail[…]

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