Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Snowshoeing with Kids in Kananaskis: West Bragg Creek

It seems that life with kids never slows down. It just keeps getting faster. So when we get a few unexpected winter hours that aren't filled with indoor soccer or driving to and from birthday parties, it's good to have activities in your back pocket that you can do at a minute's notice. Snowshoeing in Kananaskis' West Bragg Creek area is perfect.

A half-hour drive from Calgary, West Bragg Creek isn't the most exciting place to snowshoe. The Snowshoe Trail's 5.5 kilometers wind through evergreens in a broad loop with a few small ups and downs, but negligible overall elevation gain. It's also far enough outside of the mountains that it loses snow quickly in warm periods. With all this, it's still a great place to escape from the city. Even if you don't have enough time to do the full loop, you can do part of it or wander off the trail through the trees to add a little adventure.

Distance: 5.5 km loop
Elevation gain: Negligible
Hiking/Exploring Time: 1 to 2 hours
Driving Directions: Heading south on Highway 22 from the Trans-Canada, go straight through the traffic circle. At Bragg Creek, turn right at the four-way stop. You'll come to a bridge. Cross it, turn left onto West Bragg Creek Road on the other side and follow that it until you read the West Bragg Creek day use area in about 9 km.

Click here for a driving map.

Need help picking out kids snowshoes? Read this post:

Kids Snowshoeing Gear: Picking out Kids Snowshoes

Wondering where to go snowshoeing with kids? Read these posts:

Snowshoeing with Kids in Kananaskis: River View Trail
Snowshoeing with Kids in Banff: Lake Minnewanka
Snowshoeing with Kids in Kananaskis: Hogarth Lakes
Snowshoeing with Kids in Kananaskis: Canyon Creek
Heli-snowshoeing with Kids in Kananaskis

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