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Tackling the Basalt Bluffs Trail

Sometimes, the craziest ideas turn into the best ones ever. Take for example, today’s adventure with the family. We had celebrated New Year’s Eve at the house of a good friend…and lo and behold, we finally made it to midnight! That meant arriving home late and getting the kids to bed at almost 1am. **Turns out that it IS true…no matter how late the kids go to bed…they are bound to wake up at the same time no matter what!**

So on New Year’s Day, even though the kids were operating on a sleep deficit, my husband actually suggested that we head up to Stake Lake for a snowshoe. Not only did he suggest a snowshoe, but that we would actually try the Basalt Bluffs trail, which we had never attempted before and weren’t even sure if the kids could handle it.

However, it turned out to be an awesome experience! Basically, no whining and only smiles at the end of our adventure.

The trail:

We started off at the Lodge and headed straight onto the Lake Trail (A on the map, be sure to get one at the booth!) The Lake trail is a loop and therefore you could start it in either direction. We chose the shorter distance. Our goal was to get do that little bit of the Marsh Trail (C) that connects to the Basalt Bluffs trail (D).

Once on the Marsh trail,  we turned right onto the Basalt Bluffs trail (D) and then snowshoed that trail in the counter-clockwise direction Continue reading Tackling the Basalt Bluffs Trail

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Kicking off the 2016 Dirty Feet Race Series with the Family

Our family took part in the North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run/Walk at Stake Lake last Sunday. It was our second year participating in this fun 5km event on the snowshoe trails maintained by the Overlander Ski Club and the conditions were excellent!

We were greeted with a beautiful, sunny morning and plenty of fresh powder when we arrived at Stake Lake that day.  Vehicles and drivers generously provided by River City Nissan shuttled us (and all of our gear!) from the parking lot to the location of the start of the race.

Of course, we took the customary pre-race photo before we set off on our snowshoeing adventure as a family, along with just under 100 other participants!RSCN3842

I raced with our 6 year old, while my husband stuck to the back with our 5 year old as she tends to check things out at a much slower pace. My son kept up the pace by chatting with me throughout the race, singing songs and even surprising me with periodically running 10 second intervals!DSCN3832

When we finally arrived at the finish line, it wasn’t long before my son and I realized that he was about 20 minutes faster than last Continue reading Kicking off the 2016 Dirty Feet Race Series with the Family

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Snowshoe The Lake Trail at Stake Lake Nordic Centre

One of the easiest and low-cost winter activities that you can do with your family is snowshoeing. Snowshoes are relatively inexpensive and last for a few years – so you won’t be buying them everytime your child grows a new shoe size!

We are very lucky here in Kamloops to have access to so many wonderful places to try out this sport. One of these places is the Overlander Ski Club at the Stake Lake Nordic Centre. Our most recent visit took us out on the Lake Trail, a 2.7 km trail that gently meanders around the lake.

We started towards the lake from the parking lot and snowshoed in the counter clockwise direction. On this particular morning, my daughter and I were greeted to the presence of beautiful hoar frost found on the trees along the trail.

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The Lake Trail is well marked with signs and ribbons. 

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For the most part, it’s a relatively flat trail with a couple of spots Continue reading Snowshoe The Lake Trail at Stake Lake Nordic Centre

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Snowshoeing in Kamloops

Today, we bring you a sample of the best, family-friendly snowshoeing in Kamloops! 

My husband and I love snowshoeing. We went on gentle snowshoeing excursions while I was pregnant for both of my children and our now 3 year old received his first pair of snowshoes when he was 2.5 years old. We try to get out there and snowshoe as a family often in the winter. It’s a great winter activity that can be done in any weather, any type of snow. Hardly any preparation is required and it’s an awesome workout. Following is a selection of the many fabulous spots in Kamloops and the surrounding area for snowshoeing:

Continue reading Snowshoeing in Kamloops

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!