The Ultimate Car Camping Pack List

Includes our favorite gear!

The Best Short Hikes Near Calgary

1-4 km hikes less than 1 hour from Calgary!

10 Fun Family Bike Rides in Calgary

10 family-friendly bike routes that include tasty snack spots!

3 Family Hikes in Northwest Calgary

Waterfall Valley, Douglas Fir Trail, Nose Hill Park

Exploring Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Where to go, where to stay, and where to rent equipment!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Celebrating Summer In Calgary And Beyond

Hello Summer!! It's roadtrip season! But if you can't get away, there are a TON of fun things to do in Calgary this weekend.


Important Dates

If heading out of town, please check that your vehicle is road trip ready and note the following important dates:
  • Friday, June 24 - Yoho Valley Road Opening Day! Now's the time to visit Takakkaw Falls Laughing Falls, Iceline Trail, and Twin Falls! 

  • Saturday June 25 - Kananaskis 100 Mile Relay Race
    • Where: Highway 40 from Longview to Nakiska (affects access to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and Highwood Area).
    • Details: Expect runners on the side of the road, and traffic congestion from 6 am - 4 pm. Please slow down near runners and relay stations and give them space when possible.

  • Saturday June 25 - Rundle Mountain Stage Race in Canmore! 200 cyclists will be riding in various events around town. Check the routes posted here to see if your plans will be affected.
Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park

Things to Do This Weekend In And Around Calgary

CALGARY (and nearby towns)
  1. Beat the Heat with this roundup of beaches, ponds and lakes in and around Calgary. Details here! Please note that there is a bear closure near Forgetmenot pond, so save this pond for another weekend.
    Barrier Lake, Kananaskis
  2. Go look for the goats at Confluence Park! Did you know the City of Calgary has started a pilot weed control project using goats? Goats are adorable and effective weed eating critters! For more information on Confluence Park, please see this post. For everyone's safety, please keep away from the goats and keep dogs on a leash. 
    Confluence Park Goats (Natural Weed Eaters!)
  3. Sikome Lake Opening Day!
    • Details: Have a fun beach day at Sikome Lake! Please note that user fees are in effect at this newly upgraded facility. Details here
    • When: Open 10 am - 7:30 pm from June 25 - Labour Day.
    • Where: Sikome Lake, Fish Creek Provincial Park
    • Day Trip Tip: Bike from Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre to Sikome Lake (or  vice versa)! The Visitor Centre has some interesting exhibits and a tipi inside and it's free! There are also several beautiful sculptures in the adjacent Artisan Gardens, and you can grab a treat or ice cream at Annie's Cafe. For fancy afternoon tea or lunch, visit Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. Read more in this post about Fish Creek Provincial Park.
      Caballero Sculpture near Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre
  4. Calgary Mobile Adventure Playground
    • Details: Let kids' creativity flow at a mobile adventure playground. Instead of plastic and metal structures, see what your kids make with cardboard boxes, boards, tires, and tape. Best of all, you don't have to bring materials or clean up! More information from the city and the summer schedule (the playground will move to different park each weekend) is available here.
    • When: June 24 & 25, 10 am - 4 pm
    • Where: North Glenmore Park (7305 Crowchild Trail NW) near Snowy Owl Picnic Area

  5. Dr. Seuss in the Park
    • Details: Enjoy a Dr. Seuss story, games, crafts, and face painting! Free! (Please note children must be accompanied by an adult.) 
    • When: Saturdays until August 27th, 11 am - 3:30 pm
    • Where: Riley Park Story Tent (between the wading pool and playground). 
    • NoteThe Riley Park wading pool is temporarily closed. Check here for updates re re-opening from the city. Eau Claire and Rotary Park's spray parks are nearby options. 

  6. Family Day Festival & Pow Wow
    • Details: Celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary with a free pancake breakfast at 9:30 am, live music, performances, and presentations. 
    • When: Saturday, June 25, 9:30 am - 9 pm
    • Where: New Indian Village, Enmax Park, Stampede Grounds

  7. Calgary Mud Fair
    • Details: Get dirty and celebrate everything about mud! Play in mud pits, a mud slide, and mud kitchen. Get a bite to eat from a food truck, enjoy live music, shop at the freen market, and hose off after. Tickets available here. Bring towels and rain boots!
    • When: Sunday, June 26, 11 am - 2 pm
    • Where: Lloyd Park, Foothills No. 31 (5 minutes west of Spruce Meadows)

  8. Horde at the Hive
      • Details: This Viking themed festival will have battle re-enactments, Norse style food, honey mead samples, and tours of the apiary and meadery. You can also stock up on amazing honey products at the Country Store! Festival - free. Tours - extra charge.
      • When: Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26
      • Where: Chinook Honey Company, Okotoks 
For more fun festivals, please see Family Fun Canada's listing of Family Friendly Festivals.


BANFF
  1. The trails around the townsites are in good shape but there are bear and wolf warnings and there's still snow at elevation, so check advisories and trail reports before heading out.
  2. My top picks for Lake Louise are Plain of Six Glaciers and Consolation Lakes. AVOID Bow River Loop for now (bears).
  3. Around Banff, try Johnson Lake, Sundance Canyon or Johnston Canyon. I would stay off Tunnel Mountain and the Legacy Trail for now as the bear and wolf warnings are concentrated in these areas.
Mount Rundle as seen from Vermilion Lakes Drive, Banff

KANANASKIS
  1. There are several bear warnings and advisories throughout the park. Please check advisories and trail reports before you go!
  2. For a complete camping and activity guide for Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, please see this writeup on Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. It includes information on hiking, biking, paddling, and camping as well as where to rent equipment.
  3. Hike Ptarmigan Cirque, Highwood Pass (but NOT Saturday - race day, remember?). The wildflowers are in full bloom, so now is the best time to go! This is our favorite short hike in Kananaskis - it's gorgeous, but steep, and only 4 km return! For more information, please see this post.
  4. If Peter Lougheed is too far, try the family-friendly trails of Bow Valley Provincial Park or Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
  5. More family favorite hikes (5 km or less): Grassi Lakes, West Wind Pass, Black Prince Cirque
Ptarmigan Cirque, Kananaskis

FURTHER AFIELD
  1. Book a Burgess Shale Hike in Yoho National Park and see 500 million year old fossils! The Stanley Glacier Hike is the most family friendly of the three options, but not for very young kids unless you can carry them (10 km return, 450 m elevation gain, NOT stroller friendly). The trail itself is beautiful too!
    • Other great family-friendly hikes are Emerald Lake (5 km) and Wapta Falls (~4 km). Head up Yoho Valley Road and visit Takakkaw Falls - one of Canada's tallest waterfalls - and enjoy a picnic at the day use area beside the falls.
  2. The Waterton Wildflower Festival is on until June 24 and includes talks, walks and a photo contest. For full details, please see the brochure. Park entrance and session fees in effect.
  3. Visit Dinosaur Provincial Park before it gets too hot! The scenery is out of this world! If it is hot, Kinbrook Island's sandy beach is a worthwhile detour! 
  4. The Elkwater area of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park has small sandy beaches, a pleasant lakeside (bikeable) trail, free mini golf, and lots of campgrounds. It's a fun and relaxing spot to visit.
Dinosaur Provincial Park
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Vancouver Island's Best Seaside Campgrounds

With beautiful beaches, old growth forests, and endless hiking trails, Vancouver Island, BC is a nature lover's paradise. I have spent many a vacation on the Island and recommend staying seaside for the best experience. Seaside camping means beach fun, paddling or surfing, fishing, and awesome views. Bonus if you can have a sunset bonfire on the beach! The mild climate and absence of bugs near shore make for very pleasant camping too. When it's time to restock provisions, visit an island village for local flavor.

** For more awesome waterside campgrounds in Alberta, California, and Utah, scroll down!**



Top 3 Family-Friendly Seaside Campgrounds on Vancouver Island

How did I choose? My criteria for top family-friendly seaside campgrounds was: Campsites within 200 metres of the beach; sandy beaches; water taps and showers on site; beautiful scenery; and amenities (shopping, laundromat) within 10 km. The exception is Green Point, which is located 20 km from shops, and requires a bit of hike to the beach, but it's all worth it! 

For detailed trip reports of the campgrounds listed below plus more photos, please click on the links. 

1. For gentle waters to wade and paddle, head to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Parksville. This family-friendly park is conveniently located near Parksville and is a short drive from the Departure Bay ferry terminal. At low tide, the beach is about a kilometre long! When the beach disappears at high tide, bike in to town or explore one of the area's hiking trails.
  • Campsites are 100-200 metres to the beach.
  • 3.5 km from downtown Parksville
  • Calm waters good for wading and paddling (but note the water is far away at low tide)
  • Bike path parallel to beach
  • Hiking trails
  • Nature House and interpretive programs for kids
Rathtrevor Beach, Parksville, BC
2. Enjoy epic beach walks along Long Beach, learn to surf, or hike in the coastal rainforest while camped at Green Point Campground, Pacific Rim National Park. Recent upgrades have made the campground better than ever - there are showers (finally!) and walk-in sites now have fire rings, so you can stay longer and more comfortably.
  • Spacious, private campsites are on a forested bluff about 500-700 metres from the beach. Note that the trail down to the beach is rather steep. 
    • Booking Tip: Oceanside (closer to the ocean but not right beside the beach) sites are sunnier and quieter (further from the road) and much more affordable than ocean sites at private campgrounds.
  • 20 km to Tofino; 20 km to Ucluelet
  • Showers, dishwashing buildings, washrooms (NEW!)
  • Interpretive programs during the day and indoor evening theatre programs
  • NOT a swimming beach; try Wickaninnish Beach for beginner surfing; MacKenzie Beach's sheltered water are good for wading and stand up paddleboarding.
  • Surfing, beach walks, Long Beach Challenge (9.5 km scenic trail)
  • Forested walk-in sites available in addition to vehicle accessible sites.
  • Equipped camping is available if you fly to the Island and don't want to bring camping gear! All camping gear provided and set up for you (note accommodation is a regular tent, not glamping variety).
  • As this campground is in a National Park, you require a National Park Pass to stay here.
Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, BC
3. If you like getting away from it all, you will love the private, secluded beach at Wya Point Walk-In Campground, Ucluelet. Although this is a walk-in campground, it has the amenities of a front country campground (showers, dishwashing sinks, flush toilets). Not prepared to walk-in camp? Stay at the lodge or seaside yurts!
  • Oceanview and forest campsites are mere metres from the beach. Our "forest" site was only 10 steps from the beach (and was a bit cheaper than an oceanview site)! 
  • 6 km to Ucluelet and Wild Pacific Trail. 
  • NOT a swimming beach; try Wickaninnish Beach for beginner surfing; MacKenzie Beach's sheltered water are good for wading and stand up paddleboarding.
  • Hiking trails from access road
  • Showers, spacious bear lockers, and water taps; wheelbarrows to bring gear from car to campsite
Private beach at Wya Point, Ucluelet, BC

More Great Campgrounds on Vancouver Island

  • Mystic Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park (north of Sooke): A sea cave, waterfalls and rope swing await you on this pristine beach. You must hike 2 km to this backcountry campground (no tent pads or amenities - camp above high tide line), but it's worth the effort. Read more about our adventure on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail!

  • Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria: Not seaside, but worth mentioning as it's beautifully situated amongst old growth trees a short drive (18 km) from Victoria, BC. This gorgeous, well-maintained campground has several hiking trails, showers, a playground and small pump track.

  • Living Forest Oceanside Campground and RV Park, Nanaimo: A popular campground with 300 spacious sites on 53 acres near Nanaimo "where the river meets the sea". Not just for RVs, it also has a tent/small tent trailer loop. I have not stayed here, but USA Today lists this campground as one of the top two places to camp in BC. Located 5.5 km from Nanaimo. Great paddling on the Salish Sea (formerly known as Nanaimo River).
  • Bella Pacifica, Tofino: The closest campground to Tofino (3.6 km) has forest and oceanside campsites available as well as showers. It's a great base camp for exploring the area's many beaches and hiking trails. Sites are typically smaller than what you'd get at Green Point, but you're closer to Tofino.

Best Waterside Campgrounds in North America

1. The Best Waterside Campgrounds in North America - Mountain Mom and Tots
  • Some of my favorite camping spots near water in California, Utah, and Alaska!

2. Camping and Swimming at Sand Hollow State Park, Utah - The Kid Project
  • Camping with close access to national and state parks, slot canyons, plus crystal blue water and cliff jumping out your tent door! Check out Sand Harbor State Park in Utah!
Sand Hollow State Park, Utah
Image Credit: Alyssa Erickson
3. Find Your Inner Glamper at Santa Barbara's El Capitan Canyon - Jennifer Fontaine, Examiner.com
  • Nestled between the picturesque Santa Barbara mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean, El Capitan Canyon offers families 300 acres of camping, cabineering and luxurious yurts perfect for adventure and relaxation.
El Capitan Canyon, California
Image Credit: kerem hanci photography
4. Family Approved: Best Waterside Campground - Highland Lakes Stanislaus National Forest, Northern California - Chasqui Mom
  • Escape to the California Sierras, to Highland Lakes for a more rustic car-camping experience with the beauty of lakes and lovely mountain peaks.
Highland Lakes, Northern California Sierras
Image Credit: Melissa Avery
5. The 5 Best Waterside Campgrounds Near Calgary, Alberta - Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies
  • Enjoy waterside camping beside gorgeous mountain lakes in the Canadian Rockies, play in a river in the Alberta Badlands, swim or paddle with painted turtles in beautiful British Columbia, or soak up some sun on a family-friendly beach near Calgary.
Image Credit: Tanya Koob
6. San Elijo Beach Camping for Urban Nature Fun - Walk Simply
  • San Elijo State Beach campground, my favorite campground in San Diego County, has miles of sandy oceanfront land to explore.
San Elijo State Beach, California
Image Credit: Traci Lehman

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day Weekend Fun in Calgary & Area

Enjoy these top picks for Father's Day weekend fun in Calgary & Area! Fingers crossed for BBQ weather!


Calgary

1. Bike to eats! These 10 Fun Family Bike Rides include tasty snack stop spots.

Bloom Art Installation, St Patrick's Island Park

2. Try something new!
  • Geocaching is a fun treasure hunt you can do with your phone! Learn how here
  • Go birding. With a free app like Merlin Bird ID, you can easily identify birds and "talk" to them by playing bird calls on your phone. Instructions here.
  • Try disc golf! Play at Baker Park NW (18 holes), Thornecliff NE (9 holes), Forest Lawn SE (18+10 holes) or Lloyd Park SW (18 holes). More info on courses and their locations here.
  • Learn to fly fish at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park! Full day session  (July 2 or 9 - register in advance) for only $70 including practice and fishing at Mitford Pond, Cochrane. Loaner gear provided, but bring your own lunch. **THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT GIFT!**
Cool cache in Nose Hill Park - treasure inside!
3. Attend Parks Fest At Ralph Klein Park on Sunday, June 19 from 1 pm - 3 pm. Free activities include face painting, nature crafts, pond dipping and guided walks.

4. Have a Zoo Day! Enjoy brunch/lunch at the Zoo, then visit the animals and explore the gardens. The butterflies have hatched (see them in the Conservatory), lots of flowers are in bloom, and the robotic dinosaurs are always a hit. If you're lucky, you might see Kimani, the baby gorilla, too!
Grazers Restaurant, Calgary Zoo
5. Head downtown for rainy day fun... Join the Downtown Selfie Scavenger Hunt, check out live music on Stephen Avenue, and visit the Calgary Police Interpretive Centre.
  • June 18 & 19 - Downtown Selfie Scavenger Hunt: Make some memories and capture them in photos! 12 noon - 5 pm. FREE! Enter to win a $500 shopping spree from the CORE Shopping Centre.
  • Youthlink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre has a Crime Lab, Police Street with large collection of police artifacts, and more. Best of all, it's free! Open weekends 10 am - 4 pm (July 5 - Sept 3, open Tues-Sat).
  • Enjoy noon hour live music on the Stephen Avenue Stage (8 Ave SW and Centre Street) Tuesday-Saturday, weather dependent. 
Wonderland Sculpture, Bow Tower, Calgary
6. Did someone say Block Party? June 18 is Calgary Neighbour DayOrganize your own party or attend one in your neighborhood. The City is waiving the $25 application fee, but permits must be obtained if you would like to book a green space or close a street.

7. Attraction of the Week: Bow Habitat Station. Go on a fish hatchery tour, feed thousands of rainbow trout, and explore the Discovery Centre. After, try your luck at fishing in the Kids Can Catch Trout pond (in front of Bow Habitat Station), play at the playground, walk the Pearce Estate Park wetlands interpretive trail, or bike the river pathway. For more details on exploring Inglewood by Bike, see this post.

Interactive Exhibit at Bow Habitat Station

Near Calgary

1. Cochrane Street Markets - Thursdays 5 pm - 9 pm (June 16, July 14, August 11, September 15). 

2. Okotoks Parade and Children's Festival - Saturday, June 18. Pancake breakfast by donation, parade and festival.

Kananaskis

1. The winter gate in Highway 40 is open, so you can hike Ptarmigan Cirque Trail, the BEST short hike in Kananaskis. Steep, but worth the effort!

Ptarmigan Cirque, Kananaskis
2. Don't have time to drive that far? Try one the Best Short Hikes Near Calgary. Each hike is 4 km or less and 25-60 minutes from Calgary!

Grassi Lakes "Difficult" Trail, Canmore
The easy trail is stroller friendly.
3. The Bike 'n Hike Shuttle opens June 18, so you can bike the Legacy Trail or Goat Creek Trail one way and get a ride back for a reasonable price. The shuttle also stops at Canmore Nordic Centre.

4. Top 5 Spring Things to Do in Kananaskis has more fun ideas including fishing! Lots of ponds have been stocked recently, so the fishing is great! Check out my tips for fun family fishing before you go, and be sure you have a valid WIN card and fishing license for each family member over 16.


Bill Milne Trail, Kananaskis Valley
5. Around Bragg Creek, Jumpingpound and Powderface trails are in good shape for biking or hiking! Shorter, kid-friendly options are Forget-Me-Not Pond (~2 km loop, no elevation gain + picnic area) and Alder Trail (1.6 km, 50 m elevation gain). Elbow Falls is a pleasant, short stop too!

Elbow Falls, Bragg Creek

Banff

Try one of these 10 Banff Day Trips! Fun for all ages and budgets. 

Tunnel Bench Loop Mountain Biking Trail, Banff
For rainy day fun in Banff, I recommend the hot springs, Cave & Basin, lunch in town, and a short hike (it can't rain all day, right?). More details here.  



Did you know you can visit Cave & Basin FREE with your National Park Pass? 

Brunch Spots

For brunch spots - in Calgary, Bragg Creek, Canmore and Banff - please see my Mother's Day post.

Father's Day Gift Ideas

For the Dad who has everything, print this Active for Life Printable Father's Day Coupon Book. Some coupons have activities on them already; others may be customized by your children!

For Gifts of Adventure (like cave tours, rafting and horseback riding), please see my Mother's Day post.

Rafting the Kananaskis River
Wishing you a fun Father's Day weekend! Give me a shout on Twitter or Facebook to let me know where you went! :)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Fishy Fun at Bow Habitat Station

With its Discovery Centre, fish hatchery, fishing pond, and adjacent interpretive wetlands trail, kids of all ages (and family members!) can learn about trout and their habitats, and most importantly, how we can protect these areas for all their creatures. 

Where I grew up (BC), every elementary school student went to a fish hatchery at least once in their tenure, and if you lived near a spawning stream, you got to go on a field trip to see the salmon spawn in the fall. It was an amazing experience that taught me about the fish life cycle and made me think twice about water consumption and what I put down the drain. If you can't talk your kid's school into taking a field trip to Bow Habitat Station, go as a family, or have Bow Habitat come to your school. There is a special Fish in Schools (FinS) Raise to Release program available where classes can hatch fish eggs! 

Disclosure: My family received free admission to Bow Habitat Station in order to get more photos for this review, but we have been going here for years and LOVE IT and have also had two birthday parties here (on my own dime)! 


Bow Habitat Station At a Glance

  • Address: 1440 17A St SE
  • Must-Do: Pay extra to feed thousands of fish! It's an unforgettable experience and my kids' favorite thing to do at Bow Habitat Station!!! 
  • Wheelchair/stroller accessible facility with elevator.
  • For hours and admission rates, see their website. Children 3 & under - FREE!
    • Family rates available.
    • Annual memberships available that pay for themselves in about 3 visits.
    • Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more or build your own group program (admission + fish feeding/fish hatchery tour).

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is full of hands-on interactive exhibits that teach you about various ecosystems.
  • Highlights of Lower Level: Look at the fish in the giant aquariums, learn fish anatomy (press buttons to see various parts light up on giant fish). Bright, large party rooms are also on the lower level.
  • Highlights of Upper Level: Crawl inside a beaver dam; pop bubbles, race cars,  or chase butterflies on the interactive floor mat (like the one at Cross Iron Mills, but smaller). Learn how fish are raised, what bugs fly fishing flies are imitating, how much water your family consumes, what chemicals/microorganisms are in various types of water and more. Older kids may enjoy watching an educational movie in the theatre (I enjoyed a couple short films and learned a lot, but my 5 & 6 year olds found 1 film to be enough). 
One of the Lower Level Aquariums
Fish Anatomy Exhibit
Bow Habitat Station Discovery Centre Upper Level
Bow Habitat Station Discovery Centre Upper Level
Which fly imitates this bug?
Interactive floor mat (upper level)
Lower level exhibit
Fun photo backgrounds (upper level)

Fish Feeding

Have you ever seen 10,000* rainbow trout leaping for food? It is amazing! Extra charge ($2), but totally worth it for the look on your kids' faces! I actually really like feeding the fish too. :) 

Fish Feedings are at 11 am, 1 pm or 3 pm. Allow 15 minutes.

*Trout populations vary throughout the year. Once there were over 22,000!

Fish Feeding at Bow Habitat Station

Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery Tour

We finally attended a fish hatchery tour last month and learned a lot. Our guide, Kate, was dynamic and made sure to keep little ones engaged and interested. We got to see where the fish are kept for every stage of life, look at some fish eggs, then got to feed the bigger trout (fish feeding included in fish hatchery tour)! 

Fish Hatchery tours are at 12 pm and 2 pm. Allow 30 minutes.

Where the fish fry are kept
Water treatment equipment
Baby rainbow trout!

Birthdays at Bow Habitat Station

"This is the best kid's birthday party we've ever been to!" 
~guest at Little POG's 5th birthday at Bow Habitat Station, March 2015.

Birthdays at Bow Habitat Station are unique and fun! You get one hour of facilitator-led activities and one hour in a large, bright party room. Kate, who we always get and love, was awesome with the kids; super energetic and fun! Activities vary by age, but at 5 year old parties, expect a scavenger hunt, craft, and fish feeding. For an extra charge, you can have Bow Habitat Station put together goodie bags for you too! 

Afterwards, you are free to explore the Discovery Centre or head outside to the fishing pond and Pearce Estate Park. There are washrooms and a playground outside as well as a reservable picnic area. If you don't want to pay for the picnic area, there are picnic tables near the fishing pond that would accommodate a smaller group.

Be sure to book far in advance as this is a popular party spot, and request cooking facilities if needed. We have had parties in both rooms - one is larger with kitchen facilities and the other is a bit smaller, but has a window to an aquarium so you can say hi to the fishies as you eat! If you want to have food delivered (pizza, etc.), just let the front desk know and they will have it brought down to your party room. 

Everyone had a great time, so we highly recommend Bow Habitat Station for a birthday party venue. We had both our girls' parties here when they turned 5.

Bow Habitat Station Aqua Lab (Party Room)
Getting ready to go on a scavenger hunt
Birthday guests modelling their fish hats
Fish Feeding Time!

Kids Can Catch Trout Pond

Try your luck in this small, stocked pond open May 15 - October 31. 

  • Fishing gear may be rented from Bow Habitat Station if you don't own any. 
  • Please note that this is a catch and release pond and fishing is for kids under 16 only. 
  • Please use single, barbless hooks to reduce fish mortality. 
  • Bait ban in effect. 
Kids Can Catch Trout Pond
Pearce Estate Park (beside Bow Habitat Station)

Huge cottonwoods tower over this park to shade the picnic area, playground and interpretive wetlands trail. Expect to see and hear several birds in the wetlands. The trail is suitable for walking or biking and is stroller friendly.

For more information, see Exploring Inglewood by Bike - A fun family itinerary for biking from Pearce Estate Park/Bow Habitat Station to Nellie Breen Park (and beyond) or Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Don't miss the River Passage Art Installation! Carry on to East Village and St. Patrick's Island for more fun and kid-friendly biking.

Call 311 to book the picnic area.

River Passage Art Installation near Pearce Estate Park
Pearce Estate Park Wetlands
Pearce Estate Park

Special Programs

  • Upcoming special events including fishing clinics and a marsh dipping session may be found here
  • Wonderful Wednesdays take place the first Wednesday of each month and offer special programming for children aged 2-5. Registration required.

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