I am so incredibly excited. I am ready to pre-sell the Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies paperback book. The books will be sent out to you at the end of June after I have mailed all the copies to the Kickstarter backers. If you want to access the information on the trails now then purchase the Hikes for Families eBook.
The Hiking Guide features kid-friendly hikes in Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis, Bragg Creek, and Calgary area. It is a family-friendly trail guide that makes adventuring together a breeze. Learn tips for enjoying the trails, games to play along the way, gear packing lists, and more!
Order the Paperback Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies book here.
Buy the eBook Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies here.
In case you are new to the Born to be Adventurous website, here is the full low down on Born to be Adventurous and the story of the birth of this book. I say birth because it has been a lot of work and has ‘almost’ become a second baby.
The Story Behind the Hiking Guide for Families
It has been almost four years since I created Born to be Adventurous, but it feels like only yesterday. I created the platform to inspire and empower families to get outside and adventure.
My dream was to spread the message that “adventuring does not end when you have children, it is only the beginning”.
When I started, I knew I wanted to create a Hiking Guide for Families.
I wanted families to feel confident they could pick a trail and hike it together. What I did not know then was that the platform would grow larger than I expected and that the book would take me over four years to complete.
I started gathering the hikes with an active two-year-old in tow and a 10-month-old tucked in a baby carrier. Doing it with my family meant that each hike took a little longer to complete and that I did not gather them as fast as I had hoped.
In the end, I am happy that I completed most of the hikes with my family.
To me, the book became more than just a resource, but also a log of the trails we completed as a family. I remember when each of my girls completed their first trail all on their own. Coincidently, the trail was Big Hill Springs, but years apart.
It feels like yesterday when our family cheered at the top of Tunnel Mountain after they completed their first summit.
If you have kids then you know that life with children is not always easy. I won’t pretend that every hike was perfect. I remember the challenging moments too, like when I was hiking alone with the kids up a steep trail and trying so hard to persuade my oldest to hike while my two-year-old was crying in the carrier. Thankfully, the moods turned around as we hit our destination, Ptarmigan Cirque.
Shortly after, a couple of hikers came by and graciously took our picture. The girls then held hands and skipped for the second half of the hike as if the first half did not occur.
To this day I hold onto that picture as a memory of a challenging moment that brought us closer together.
As you can see, not every hike has been easy with the kids, but every adventure brought us together in some way.
There are hikes in this book that are waiting for you and your family to explore together, some will be challenging and others will be a breeze. Either way, I am confident the memories you create while adventuring on these hikes as a family will bring you closer together.
Purchase the paperback hiking guide and eBook
Purchase the paperback book Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies here.
Purchase (Ebook) Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies here.