As Calgary locals living on the doorstep of Banff National Park, it can be easy to take our closest national park for granted. Some of us may adopt the attitude that Banff is ‘too touristy,’ ‘too busy,’ or even ‘too expensive,’ and we tell ourselves to stay far away during the popular summer months. Sound familiar?
Last summer, I ventured out for the first time on a camping trip with my seven-year-old. We had a great time, and this year, I feel like I am ready to conquer camping with all three of my children. I have visions of a family-focused adventure: hot dogs and s’mores by the fire, fishing and swimming in a lake, slow hikes through a beautiful wooded park. No electronics, no distractions. I just know that my seven-, five- and three-year-old are going to love it, too - once they stop complaining about no video games, movies, and having to walk more than five feet, that is.
My family believes strongly in the classic summer vacation and every year, we plan a week in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. We like to visit the beaches and water parks, seek out adventure, and spend a lot of time on our bikes exploring new trails. If we can fit in a wine tour or two, we’re doing well and we call it a successful vacation! Here are my family’s five favorite things to do in the Okanagan Valley.
Is there anything worse than a sick child? The mess, the smell, and the fact that your little one is suffering - now take all of that on the road! Motion sickness affects about a third of the population and occurs when there is an imbalance in the inner ear, caused by the repetitive motion of the car. Symptoms can include dizziness, headaches and, of course, vomiting. All prepared parents would be wise to carry a sickness kit in the car, which should include garbage bags, tissues, wet wipes, mints (if your child is old enough), hand sanitizer, spare clothes, and a hand towel.
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