Outdoor Activities That You Can Enjoy With Your Kids

Canadian Winter

 

Ensuring that your kids are going outdoors and enjoying themselves rather than being stuck inside in front of the TV all day is important. They need to exercise, socialize and see the sun. However, convincing them to do so can be difficult. Thankfully, there are some really fun activities that they can do. Here are three.

 

Exploring

 

Adventure Activities

 

Summer Fun

 

Adventure activities include a wide range of things. There are dedicated adventure activity places that you can visit to go on high ropes courses or obstacle courses. However, the fun doesn’t need to start and end there. Things like going rock climbing or mountain biking are exhilarating. They are great for getting exercise and have a fun day out. Each of these can give your kid a great sense of accomplishment once they have completed the activity and might even inspire them to continue to the activity in the future. A lot of these types of activity are great choices for the whole family to get involved and kids and adults alike can exercise and have a fun time. 

 

At the Beach

 

Sports

 

All time Winners

 

There are so many sports to choose from. If your child has shown an interest in a sport, then you need to encourage them to pursue it as much as possible. It might be something that they have tried at school, watching on the TV or just heard someone else talk about. Either way, sports are a great way for your kids to go outdoors, socialize, stay fit and healthy and learn valuable skills. If they continue to enjoy the sport, then you might want to send them to a summer camp dedicated to that sport like FCB Canada. There they can make new friends, learn new skills and immerse themselves in something that they enjoy. Watching things like the Olympics or other sporting events on TV can help your kids see what sports there are and see if they might be interested in taking up one of them.

 

Hockey all the way

 

Geocaching

Geocaching is a lot of fun. It is essentially a real-world treasure hunt. Scattered around the world are various caches. Using GPS, clues and looking around, you will try to find Geocaches. The finding them is the fun part and they encourage exploration. You might visit somewhere you never normally would so that you can try to find all of the Geocaches there. Once you find a Geocache, you write your name in a notebook logging your find, tick it off on the app on your smartphone and then take something from inside the Geocache while at the same time leaving something in return. In this way, you can gather a little collection of strange items that have come from all over the place. Equally, the items you left could end up anywhere in the world. Geocaching is about exploring the outdoors and having as much fun as possible at the same time. You and your kids can enjoy exploring, walking and hiking while at the same time going on a real-world treasure hunt. If you haven’t tried this with your kids, then you should give it a go as the app is free to download.

 

The Maiden Voyage

Back in January, instead of taking a trip to Mexico, we bought a canoe.  You can start at the beginning of the story on the post here:  Can’t Wait For Spring!  Well, Spring has arrived.

On Sunday we took our (new to us) canoe down to the Kootenay River for her Maiden Voyage.  I guess technically, it wasn’t her maiden run, as this canoe was second-hand and as far as we knew she had been in the water a total of four other times before, but who’s counting?  It was the first run for us.

This particular canoe is called a fold boat.  It comes in pieces, which just doesn’t seem right some how!

All in pieces

All in pieces

Our canoe is a 16′ PakCanoe.  It has a plastic exterior skin with padding on the inside bottom, much like a wet suit.  The underside is also a heavy plastic.  There are baffles, or inflatable tubes, on each side in the interior for stability.  The frame is aluminum, with long inter locking poles and cross pieces shaped to fit and two seats.  There was not a bag that came with the canoe when we purchased it, so we bought a big hockey bag to put it in.

We packed up our canoe bags, a picnic and headed out to the water.  There is a launch site about 5 minutes drive away called Ferry Landing.  The volunteers from the Creston Valley Trails cleared and worked to make this a beautiful picnic site.

When we arrived we carefully laid out the canoe in all its glorious parts.  Oops!  No instructions.  We can do this!  This first set up took an hour and a half.  Not too bad for a couple of newbies.

First Time

We did it

Ready to launch.  It was a glorious day.  Paddle at the readyKootenay River

The Kootenay River was peaceful, hardly anyone about as we turned to go north.   We stopped once along the edge, there was not really any landing spot, and had our picnic before continuing along toward the bridge over the Highway 3.  Spring Tree Calm

We spent four glorious hours out on the river and can hardly wait to go again.  I think we will be spending a lot of time in the PakCanoe this summer.  What are your plans?  What do you like to do for summer fun?  By the way, it only took 15 minutes to take down and pack away! 

Can’t Wait For Spring!

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Elk Amble

Elk AmbleTaking the bikes to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area seemed like a good idea at the time.  Go farther, faster.  It did not work that way.  I am out of shape and pushing the pedals took a good deal of effort and a lot of walking in between.

We took the Elk Amble on the north side of the Highway.  The paths are rough with rocks and then smooth out to grass.  Both made biking difficult.

Elk Amble is a 3 hour walk. Forking off of the Marsh Trail and continuing north of Highway 3 you will access a myriad of ponds and our 2 story viewing tower. (https://www.crestonwildlife.ca/recreation/trails)

5HomesteadWe came across this old “homestead” about 1/2 way round a dry pond.  On the right far in the distance is my sweetheart.  It was an easy ride for him.  Just beyond you can see the Viewing Tower and lunch stop!

Turtle OtterWe saw some wildlife on this trip.

The Western Painted Turtle hiding in his shell and a few Otters snacking out on a fish.

We saw three Great Blue Herons but I was not fast enough with my camera.

7 6Here are a couple of shots from the Tower.  It was a great spot to stop for lunch and to admire the view.

It was a wonderful day and even out of shape it was a good ride.  Next time, however, I think I will walk.

Riding

Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Creston Valley has the beautiful Wetlands. There are boardwalkyear round trails with loops from 20 minutes to 3-4 hours walks; two vie1wing towers; guided and self-guided canoe trips; wildlife viewing with over 300 species of birds, 57 species of mammals and 29 species of fish, reptiles and amphibians.  We have seen Blue Herons; Otters; and Turtles on just one visit.

Bears and HornetsWe Did Not see the Bear!

The Wildlife Interpretation Centre is a friendly and informative place for all ages.  DiscoveryThere are Insidea variety of educational programs and you can browse the educational displays and a hands-on science lab.  Visit the small shop for gifts, books and maps of the area – excellent Christmas ideas!

Although the trails are open 24/7 you can support the Wetlands by taking out a Membership for very reasonable fees and some nice benefits.

bridge

We started exploring soon after arriving and found it is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Expect many more posts about this fascinating place.

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