Do you have preschoolers or young children in the house and want to get them out hiking? Not sure what family friendly hikes are out there?
It’s important to choose the right trail so that children and parents can enjoy the experience. There’s nothing more frustrating than tacking a trail that leaves little legs too tired and parents hauling around and extra 40 pounds of kids and gear!
When choosing my top 5 hikes I was looking for hikes that met the following criteria:
1. Were actual hikes! – I wanted to challenge our bodies with elevation, climbing, terrain, and obstacles. I wasn’t looking for a “walk in the park”
2. Had a variety of terrain – Variety is the spice of life, especially when you’re a pre-schooler with a short attention span. So I chose to focus on hikes that had a combination of wide trails, board walks, bridges, stairs, roots, and narrow areas to navigate. This keeps the kids interested and engaged in the process.
3. Had a point of interest. My top three hikes had a point of interest for the kids to “reach” or accomplish. I enjoy a good view and so do my little people.
4. Are they family friendly? There’s nothing more frustrating than being on an adult trail and having yourself or your little people in the way of athletes running by!
Top hikes for families in Greater Vancouver
1. Lighthouse Park – This park was an unexpected surprise! We thought we were there to discover a lighthouse but came across so much more! Beaches, forests, historical sights, check, check, check!