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Family Friendly Hiking: Valleyview Nature Park

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Hiking Time: 1-2hrs
Distance Travelled: 1-3km
Stroller Friendly: no
Difficulty: easy-moderate

Here’s a little hike that’s great for preschoolers or beginners that won’t take you more than an hour…..

How do you get there?

The top of Valleyview Nature Park is a gem located off the side of the Kamloops Bike Ranch in Juniper. You can either park at the bike ranch or in the parking lot for the community playground and lacrosse boxes. Either way the start of this little walk is just behind the lacrosse box closest to the soccer field.

Are there any difficult spots?

Several parts of this trail are quite narrow and the connection to Continue reading Family Friendly Hiking: Valleyview Nature Park

Krystal Williams-Gardener started Kamloops Parents in 2007 and is now the owner/director of Loving Learning Preschool where they offer Waldorf & outdoor based preschool classes for children aged 3-6.
She actively studies child development & anthroposophy (a philosophy of inner development & spiritual growth) and strives to inspire parents to be their best selves for the highest good of all man-kind.

Hiking the Tower Trail at Kenna Cartwright

This week, we feature anther family-friendly hike with the Tower Trail at Kenna Cartwright Park. This is a gentle uphill hike that can be done by 4-5 year olds. The great thing about this trail is that if the kids find it too much, you just turn around and follow the trail back down to the parking lot!

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Driving Time: Less than 10 minutes from Downtown Kamloops, right in city limits

Hiking Time: I forgot to check the exact time we began our hike and we had 5 children ranging from 9 months to 5 years of age and stopped often with one long stop for snacks. Took under 2 hours for the return trip, however!

Distance Travelled: 1.8 km to the top, so 3.6 km total

Stroller Friendly: No, but can easily be done with baby in a carrier or backpack.

Difficulty: The Tower Trail is rated as “easy” according to the City of Kamloops. Easily accomplished by 4 & 5 year olds with plenty of stops for water and taking in the awesome views!

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How do you get there?

Kenna Cartwright Park is an 800 hectare municipal park located on Mount Dufferin within the city of Kamloops. To get there, take the Trans Canada Highway to Exit #366 north along Copperhead Drive and then west along Hillside Drive to the main entrance. Park your car and grab a map from the dispenser on  your right as you begin your walk up to the trails. There’s also a washroom on your left for any last minute potty breaks. The Tower Trail starts a little up past the washroom and heads to the right. Just keep following it to the top.

Are there any difficult spots?

Not really, but the gradual uphill might be a little too much for some little ones.

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What are some features to look for on the trail?

The fabulous views of the city of Kamloops as well as a little picnic table on your right just before reaching the top. Be sure to point out the sagebrush, pine trees and the various landmarks in the city as you make your way to the top.

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Make sure to always bring plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen when hiking. I also carry a little mini-first aid kit at all times, to take care of any scrapes on the little ones. Enjoy!

For other family-friendly hikes in Kamloops, please check out: http://kamloopsparents.com/directory/attractions/outdoor-play/hiking-trails/

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Hiking at Pine Park

Driving Time: 15min
Hiking Time: 1.5hrs
Distance Travelled: 4.5km
Stroller Friendly: yes (mostly)
Difficulty: easy

Our Sunday hike this week brought us down Tranquille Rd to the Pine Park trail behind the old sanitarium. This is a really nice, easy little walk for short legs that has many different landscapes with Tranquille Creek running alongside the trail, the hoodoos across the creek, a wetland, the sagebrush of course and the many many poplar trees.

How do you get there?

The trail head is a 15min drive from downtown off Tranquille Rd past Cinnamon Ridge then stay right on Tranquille (Red Lake turn) the road winds around behind the old sanatorium and the parking lot is on your right. If you cross a little bridge you’ve just driven past it. Turn around and come back. The gate is painted orange and has an old turn style man gate.

Are there any difficult spots?

It is a well used wide trail that is 4.5km to the reservoir and back. In Continue reading Hiking at Pine Park

Krystal Williams-Gardener started Kamloops Parents in 2007 and is now the owner/director of Loving Learning Preschool where they offer Waldorf & outdoor based preschool classes for children aged 3-6.
She actively studies child development & anthroposophy (a philosophy of inner development & spiritual growth) and strives to inspire parents to be their best selves for the highest good of all man-kind.

Family Friendly Hikes in Kamloops: Deep Lake

Kamloops has a well established system of hiking trails right in city limits that provide plenty of fresh air and fantastic views for your family. Starting today, we will be featuring them in a special series to help you find out which hiking trails are best suited for your family.

Our first feature is a hike we did using the Grasslands Community Trail to get to Deep Lake, which is part of the Lac Du Bois Provincial Park. Located in Westsyde, the hike to Deep Lake is about a 6 km loop.

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How do you get there? 

Take Westsyde Road all the way until Ida Lane, at which point you Continue reading Family Friendly Hikes in Kamloops: Deep Lake

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!