Parenthood brings with it many changes, but your love of hiking does not have to come to an end. Get ready to hit the happy trail with the best kid-friendly hikes in Calgary.
Bowmont Park is the perfect place for beginner hikers. This oasis within the city is less than 10 minutes from Trinity Hills. There are many trails to choose from. A favourite for kids is the Waterfall Valley trail. Seeing the 3-metre high waterfall is like a reward. This trail is only 1 hour, round trip.
Nose Hill Park
Another great hiking spot within Calgary's city limits is Nose Hill Park. It's about an 18-minute drive from Trinity Hills. There are several trails to choose from that lead through grasslands and up and over rolling hills. You can catch stunning views of the city skyline, Bow River Valley, the Rocky Mountains to the west, and the vast plains to the east. You may also spot some wildlife, including deer and porcupines.
Fish Creek Provincial Park
Once the kids have gotten used to hiking city trails, they may be ready for a day hike. Troll Falls is a great place to start. It is about an hour away in the beautiful Kananaskis Country. The 3.4-kilometre trail is fairly flat and even stroller-friendly.
Located about 1.5 hours from Trinity Hills is Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park. This very popular hike may be a little crowded but is very rewarding for beginner hikers. You can choose a 1.2-kilometre (1 hour round trip) trail to the Lower Falls or the 2.5-kilometre (2 hour round trip) trail to the Upper Falls. Both offer stunning scenic views.
We hope these kid-friendly hikes in and around Calgary help you spend some quality time together and introduce the joy of hiking to a new generation.