I had to document our spontaneous winter hike in Edson, AB! It’s a small town along the Yellowhead Highway West of Edmonton that is surrounded by the amazing Canadian Boreal Forest.
The trees were laden with fresh snow and it was a real winter wonderland!
We started our adventure by taking a short hike with our 3 girls – Matt pulled Annaliese and Abigail in the sled, and I carried Adeline in the Ergobaby carrier. It was quite the workout with the knee deep snow and nipping air in our lungs, but it was a wonderful first hike for our family.
5 Tips For Hiking In The Winter With Your Family
- Give yourself time – Budget how much time you think the hike would take an adult and then multiply that number by 3. That is how much time you need to not feel rushed while hiking with your children.
- Keep it simple – Choose an easy, short trail for your first time hiking. Or prepare to carry your crying children. Please, learn from our mistakes!
- Make it fun! – Honestly, young kids just want you to be excited about regular things. It’s similar to when they are learning to talk and you narrate everything you say so they can learn everyday words – be animated when you see a bird in a tree and point it out to your children.
- Dress for the weather – this last hike we were outside in -25 Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit). It felt cold, but we were prepared! The only way I can describe how we were dressed is it was like we were going skiing. Layers, layers, layers! And then to top it all off the girls were in full snow suits (we love the ones that Costco sells in August, yes I said August).
- Be prepared for anything and everything – Obviously you can’t be prepared for literally everything – some useful things we brought were a first aid kit, lots of water and snacks/food, and change of clothes (for each child) incase of accidents.
What outdoor activities do you enjoy with your family?