Hiking is an excellent way to get your children engaged in nature and spend some quality family time together. Hiking with kids can be easy and enjoyable if you are prepared. We have compiled some tips to help you. This is by no means a comprehensive list, you will need to add or remove depending on your own needs, but hopefully it will help you get started.
Check the trail map and familiarize yourself with the trail.
Check the weather before you go, but remember that the weather can change and the weather forecast isn’t always correct.
Check what time the sun sets. You don’t want to be on the trail in the dark.
Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
Stay on the trails, and make sure your children understand why this important.
Appropriate footwear is crucial; closed toe shoes or boots with a good rugged tread are best.
Dress in layers. Cold wet hikers can get grumpy. Loose and layered clothing make for happy hikers.
Have a conversation about safety with your kids before you go. Explain how important it is to stay together. Teach them to stay in one spot if they get separated from the group and not to wander around.
Each hiker should carry a whistle. Make kids understand that these are for emergencies only (or you will be listening to a whistle orchestra for a large part of your hike) and not to “Cry Wolf” and blow the whistle unless they are lost. Three whistle blasts is a standard call for “I need help.”
Take snacks and water. Hungry and thirsty hikers can also be grumpy. Grumpy hikers are really not fun.
Some other items you should take in your daypacks are: sunscreen, pocketknife, toilet paper, a compass, a camera and first aid kit.
Have fun & be flexible. Knowing when to turn around is important, you want to end the hike on a high note, not when everyone is worn out. Quadra Island is a hiker’s paradise. Whether you want a meandering stroll to a secluded beach or a climb to spectacular views you can find it with the help of the trail guide produced by the Quadra Island Trails Committee and available at the Taku office.
So often cooking becomes a chore. We work all day and then we have to come home and try to throw together something that will appeal to everyone in the house while also meeting our budget, nutritional requirements, and available supplies. Taking a cooking class takes us away from that. It returns us to a place where cooking is fun, courageous and creative.
The Taku Cookery brings us into intimate groups in a gorgeous setting with the most skilled chefs and suddenly food becomes so much more than another thing to check off our daily list. Taking a class at Taku nourishes our minds, our sense of humor as well as our bodies.
The small groups give you immediate access to hands on food preparation. You’ll be cutting, grating, whipping, rolling, and sautéing like a professional in a very short time. You will be exposed to new ingredients, tools and techniques that will re-ignite your passion for good food; suddenly you’ll feel more confident and more adventurous. The kitchen will be filled with the sounds of laughter and chatter of your new friends, and the most wonderful and exotic smells of the finest ingredients available.
Why would anyone take a cooking class? Because after all of that, you get to sit down with your new friends and eat all the delicious creations you learned how to make and someone else does the dishes! Why wouldn’t anyone take a cooking class?
Right now summer on Quadra Island is pretty spectacular. There have been days and days of lovely sunshine, and we are loving it! Yesterday, some clouds rolled in, and a quick check of the weather forecast spoke of thundershowers. There is something pretty special about a summer thunderstorm in my books, plus the idea of not needing to water the garden for one day was pretty appealing, but I hoped that the rain wouldn’t last too long. The clouds moved on after only delivering a small burst of rain, and no thunder or lightning. The forecasted storm had me thinking about being on vacation while it rains, and how Taku Guests will often ask us about what to do on Quadra Island when it rains. So even though it is sunny and 23 degrees Celsius right now, and not a cloud in the sky, I decided to make a list of things to do in the rain.
Take a hike in the forest. The forest canopy is an excellent umbrella.
Visit a local gallery or art studio.
Check out the public library and the bookstore.
Grab some groceries and cook up a gourmet meal room in your suite.
Spend some time in the games room, watching a movie, reading a book or playing a game.
Head to one of the local coffee shops.
Enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants.
Splash in the puddles.
Have a nap.
Go retro – write postcards to your friends.
Grab your camera and get creative.
Pick up some art supplies and get crafty.
Visit the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre.
Get soaking wet, you’ll dry off.
This is not a complete list by any stretch, but just a few seeds of inspiration. The great thing is that all of these things can be done rain or shine! Now, I’m off to water the garden.
One of the most vibrant hubs of activity on Quadra Island is the Quadra Island Community Centre. The Quadra Island Recreation Society ensures a packed schedule of interesting events happening at the Centre, and visitors are always welcome. Drop by and meet some of the fascinating folks who call Quadra home.
The recreation programmers express beautifully their vision for your enrichment:
“The vast selection of opportunities for education, entertainment, physical health and well being, socialising, strategizing, and skill development await only your decision to participate.”
For those looking to relax and soothe the body, the Community Centre offers yoga classes almost every day of the week. Most classes have a drop-in rate.
If you’re craving some nourishment for the mind, there are plenty of educational, self-development and sustainability-centred workshops. Every second Friday, you can catch an entertaining and thought-provoking film at the Centre. From drawing to low impact fitness to folk dance to knitting, there are countless opportunities to enjoy your hobbies or discover a passion for new hobbies. There’s really something for everyone.
If you’re going to be enjoying a longer stay on the island, maybe a few weeks, there are many different ongoing sports, arts and learning programs to sign up for. Many are free. Others cost just a few dollars per week.
If you’re a regular visitor to Quadra Island, or even plan to make it here a few times in the year, you may want to purchase the Centre’s family lifetime membership for $20. It’s hard to find a better deal than that, and you’ll feel free to join in on as many activities as you like.
While planning your trip to Quadra Island, it’s a great idea to check out what’s happening at the Centre on the days you plan to visit. For full details on activities and events at the Quadra Island Community Centre, the “Current Program” is available online at www.quadrarec.bc.ca.
Parents know that travelling with kids can be a mixture of incredible joy with a dose of frustration and anxiety. So many things need to go right to make family trips as relaxing and nourishing as they can be. And most parents won’t be satisfied with a little peace and quiet (although that’s pretty great). It’s also important to them to feel that their children are learning something and building wonderful memories.
Quadra Island is the perfect spot for a family getaway filled with adventure and learning, and Taku Resort & Marina is the ideal place to call home while you’re away.
The greatest thing about a Quadra Island vacation is that the adventure and learning happen at the same time! Every parent is on a quest, especially on vacation, to help their children learn about the world in ways that don’t feel like learning. The best learning is the most fun, the kind where the kids have such a good time they never guess they’re also learning something! Quadra Island is utterly packed with adventurous learning opportunities.
Here are some of our top recommendations:
1] Exploring the plant and animal life, especially marine life. If you’ve ever watched a child observing a shallow pool of starfish for the first time, you’re sure to see the wonder of discovery in their eyes.
2] Snorkelling off Quadra Island’s beaches. Especially for older kids, this is a blissful treat. Strap on the snorkel and slip into a light wetsuit and you’ve bought yourself hours of guaranteed family fun. It’s also a great way to start a discussion about sustainability.
3] Hiking. We’ve got something for every skill (and motivation) level.
4] First Nations’ culture trek. See art created and inspired by Canada’s founding peoples.
We know it’s also parents’ top priority to keep their kids safe. Quadra Island is a very safe environment, so you can breathe freely. Just be careful around the water – certain currents can be challenging even for the strongest swimmers – and everyone can play to their hearts content in safety and security. Your only concern will be remembering the sunscreen.
This is just a small sampler of ideas. Take a read through some of our other blog posts to discover more opportunities for family adventure. Or better yet, come visit us to see for yourself!