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Family Fun in Bow Valley Provincial Park

By Karen Ung

Bow Valley Provincial Park is the perfect family-friendly mountain destination. With panoramic views and scenic trails, there is fun for all ages. Whether you hike the interpretive trails and do some geocaching, go fishing, have a picnic, bike the Bow Valley bike path or paddle the Kananaskis River, you will have a great day.

Parents of young children will appreciate the short trails with minimal elevation gain, benches along the trails for snack breaks and washrooms at every parking lot.

Over two separate visits we explored five trails in the area and liked them all. Join us on a mini tour of Bow Valley Provincial Park!

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Things to Do With Kids in Halifax

Things to do With Kids in Halifax

Things to do With Kids in Halifax: see Theodore!

Things to do With Kids in Halifax: See Theodore!
Kids’ reactions are always priceless when they stroll down Cable Wharf and see the giant smiling tugboat in the big red hat. Theodore Too is a loving life-sized re-creation of the eponymous Theodore Tugboat of PBS fame. Hop on board for a tour that lets your kids live the Big Harbour adventures they’ve seen so many times on television.
• Theodore Too Big Harbour Tours, Murphy’s Cable Wharf,1751 Lower Water St., 902-492-8847, theodoretugboat.ca
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Hot Attractions: 3 Tobogganing Hills Around Town

Tobogganing is the perfect family outing.

Now that there’s finally snow on the ground, grab a sled and hit one of these three popular tobogganing hills.

1. Mooney’s Bay Park
2960 Riverside Dr.
Gradual slopes and a high peak make this a favourite for families. Be mindful of trees and lampposts.

2. Arboretum/Central Experimental Farm
Prince of Wales Drive
Great views and a long, fast hill make this a go-to, but be careful of the trees and other potential obstacles.

3. Conroy Pit
Conroy Road, south of Hunt Club Road
This large, steep hill is lit from 4pm to 11pm, making it fun for late night outings. It’s an official toboggan hill, but be forewarned, it’s also popular as a dog park.

Hot Date: Canada Day Gets the Royal Treatment

Canada Day on Parliament Hill. Photo credit: NCC/CCN.

If there was ever a year to head to the capital to celebrate Canada Day this July 1, this is it! Not only is there a jam-packed line-up of entertainment (Sam Roberts and Great Big Sea being two names of note), but also the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be taking part in the noon show on Parliament Hill as part of their first official overseas trip as newlyweds. Other activities happening throughout the day at Major’s Hill Park and Jacques Cartier Park include dance performances, a slam-dunk show, kite-flying, and a DJ party, topped off with the spectacular fireworks show at night. So don your red and white clothes, paint a maple leaf on your face (whether you’re Canadian or not), and get ready to wish Canada a big, royal 144th birthday.