Hiking with kids

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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.

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  • 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. hiking 4 web hiking 3 web

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