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.

 

Photos by Ede

Near Rockwood Cafe

Near Rockwood Cafe

Summit Creek Trail

The Summit Creek Trail is the back half of the Balancing Rock Trail, one my handyman talked about here.  The Summit Creek runs under Highway 3, a short highway walk from the Balancing Rock parking area.  The trail head starts at the bridge.  We parked just off the north side of the road, right before the bridge, it means a walk along the highway either going or coming.  If you want to further your walk, you can dip down into the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area at the Summit Creek Park Trail to the Canada Trail and on over to the Marsh Trail to the parking area.

Summit Trail

Switch-back Trail and Looking North

We set out on a beautiful day.  Bop had the backpack with lunch, both had good shoes and I had the hiking poles.  Never used them before, but it was kind of like using cross-country ski poles.  They were pretty much invaluable.  Light weight and fully adjustable, they made the walk much easier for me. [Read more…]

Lighthouse Trail

Exploring the area, we found a short trail in the Kootenay Bay area.  It’s about a hour’s drive from Creston.  The trip winds north along Highway 3A, dipping and doodling along past such places as Wynndel; Sidar; Boswell and Crawford Bay.  On a warm summer day there are places to stop and enjoy the view, along with great attractions like the Glass House, or the Artisan community at Crawford Bay.  Today, however, it was damp and a bit drizzly.Crawford Bay looking South [Read more…]

Can’t Wait For Spring!

While most Canadians are wishing for the hot suns and beaches of the far south, we decided to go out and buy a canoe! [Read more…]

Summit Creek

We went for a walk on Sunday in an area of the Creston Valley Wet Lands I had not been to, Summit Creek.

It was warm in the sunshine but cool and crisp in the shade.  I wish I had brought a hat and gloves.

We did not get all the way, not sure how far this goes but it was to nice to get out in the sun and enjoy the day.

 

 

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

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