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Boom Lake

Boom lake trail near Lake Louise is a heavily trafficked trail both during the summer and winter. It presents very good opportunities for snowshoeing as the trail is well kept. This trail is rated moderate by alltrails.com, which usually means that it is fairly easy with kids that are above 10 years old.

 

That being said, you can definitely carry a hiking carrier for your child.

 

 

 

You can get to this trail from Calgary in about 2 hours, around 180km. This trail is right off of 93, about 5 minutes after exiting highway 1. It can get pretty crowded during the summer months and hence we recommend arriving early at this highly frequented trail.

 

It is a start-to-end hike, meaning that you will have to backtrack your way to the start once you reach the end. As per the mile marker, the total length of the hike is about 11 to 12 km right up to the Boom lake. The trail starts off from the parking lot, with a small wooden bridge, to the right of which is the information area for the trail. You can expect a slight gain in the first few kilometers but the trail is well paved and maintained. There is a bigger gain toward the mid-section of the trail but again this is easily manageable.

 

Most of the trail goes through the forest and during the rainy days, some spots on the trail can get muddy. Caution must be exercised when hiking with kids on this trail. The rocks at the end of the trail, near the lake, can get slippery and must be walked over carefully. On the flip side, when the sun is out and beaming, you can actually go across the rock slide to a small peninsula and break open your food packets and get some rest.

 

Boom lake at the end of the trail is the actual prize for walking the 12km. The wooded trail opens up in the end to this magnificently beautiful, open vista lake which makes the end magical. There may not be a lot of photo-ops along the way, but the lake at the end will quench your thirst no doubt.

 

This is a particularly awesome trail for bird lovers, nature educationists, and parents who want to teach their kids a few things about botany. This trail also allows pets on a leash.

 

There are washroom amenities at the start of the trail, and there is a lodge about 5 minutes from the parking lot. Along the way, you can pick up some snacks and coffee off the highway and pack yourself some nutrition bars for the hike.

 

This trail can get muddy and hence we recommend wearing hiking boots. During the winter, this is a beautiful trail for snowshoeing and cross country skiing and hence you must dress appropriately. Layer up with a jacket and gloves, and some glove warmers (just in case) and you are good to go.

 

This trail offers an amazing opportunity for junior high students to experience the magnificence of the Bow valley. Along with that, there are a lot of hiking related elements like safety, survival, compass reading, foraging, cooking that we explore while on this trail. This helps students connect with nature and also connect their curriculum with the real world. The laws of nature, physics, chemistry etc. can all be included in these hiking packages.

 

Company of adventurers is a Calgary based adventure company founded in 1990. We specialize in offering packages for schools and corporate events. Our current Director of Operations, Bryce Willigar and Program Director, Brett Kolasa are highly dedicated and experienced to bring outdoor adventures to school students and corporate employees in a safe, fun and learning environment.

 

Reference for all images:

 

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/boom-lake-trail

 

 

Black Prince Cirque

 

The black prince cirque interpretive trail is located in the Kananaskis, Bow valley area of Alberta. This trail is about 2 hours west of Calgary, around 160 km. It is right off of Smith Dorrien trail, 742, which is accessed from Kananaskis Trail road after the Kings Creek Ridge trailhead.

 

This a less frequented and easy trail that has a small parking lot right at the start. In total, the trail distance clocks in at around 5 km. This is a loop trail that goes around a small lake at the midway point and can be completed within 2 hours.

  

 

The trail starts off with a slow incline and gain, and toward the midway point of the trail you gain about 430 m. It is well paved and well maintained and very friendly for kids and pets. Parents traveling with smaller children can benefit from getting a hiking carrier and walking the trail with their hands free to take in some of the nature. Pets must be kept on a leash on the trail.

 

When you reach the lake and are feeling adventurous, you can continue on for another 4 to 5 km around the lake and up the mountain, to the top of the waterfall. Some people have needed poles, but that’s your call. There have also been instances of marsh cutting off people’s pathways, so tread carefully.

 

The trail is also very good during the winter months for snowshoeing as it offers a very beginners’ level experience. It is good to visit the trail if you want to get into the snowshoeing activity and practice to get better. In some instances, the trail may not be blazed after fresh snow and that offers a unique experience to go off the trail and get adventurous!

 

 

We recommend you pack some nutrition bars and food packets or sandwiches to eat on the trail or at the midway point. You are better off procuring these items from Calgary or right before you exit highway 1. There are not a lot of options close to the trailhead for food and other necessities.

 

This trail is less frequented and hence you must wear the right footwear as per the season. As far as clothing is concerned, layer up during the winter the months with gloves and snowshoes. Keep a packet of glove warmers with you all the time, for emergencies. The cell network out here can get unreliable, and hence you be sure to carry a first aid kit with you all the time. Parents traveling with children, pack some extra food items for after the hike. Some hikers have also suggested carrying bear spray!

 

This trail offers an amazing opportunity for high school and junior high students to experience the magnificence of the Bow valley. Along with that, there are a lot of hiking related elements like safety, survival, compass reading, foraging, cooking that we explore while on this trail. This helps students connect with nature and also connect their curriculum with the real world. The laws of nature, physics, chemistry etc. can all be included in these hiking packages.

 

Company of adventurers is a Calgary based adventure company founded in 1990. We specialize in offering packages for schools and corporate events. Our current Director of Operations, Bryce Willigar and Program Director, Brett Kolasa are highly dedicated and experienced to bring outdoor adventures to school students and corporate employees in a safe, fun and learning environment.

 

Reference link for all images:

 

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/black-prince-cirque-interpretive-trai