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

Wordless Wednesday

Goat River Canyon

Goat River Canyon

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…]

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! 

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