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Downhill Skiing with Kids under 5

How to Have the Most Fun Possible Skiing With Kids under 5

Our favorite winter activity is skiing. Before we had kids we would be back-country touring every weekend or the spending the day at one of the many ski resorts around us. We are fortunate and enjoyed having many friends with the same passion for skiing as us so we were in total skiing bliss for years. Then our world changed and we were the first of our ski friends to have a kid. We were crazy excited to become parents but after our daughter was born we wondered how we were going to include the newest member of our family in our winter passion. Winter = skiing so we wanted to figure out how to make baby + winter = skiing (with everyone having fun).

Start them young…

Start Them Young: Off-Road Discovery Tips on Skiing with Kids

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tips and gear for ski kids...


6 Tips For Families Looking To Start Skiing or Snowboarding

Things to Know Before Hitting the Slopes

We love to ski! It is safe to say it is our favorite activity and we have loved introducing our kids (now 2 and 4) to life at a ski hill. We want to pass along our top 6 tips to help introduce skiing or snowboarding to families.

Kids waiting their turn to hit the slopes

Ski Kids

Tips for families with young kids looking to enjoy wintersports

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what you need to know before family skiing...


2017 Favorite Outdoor Gear for Overland Adventures

Top 10 favorite items we take on all of our off-road adventures

We don’t shop often but when we do we enjoy researching, reading reviews and buying quality. We are not sponsored by any of the items listed, they are all things we truly love, use and recommend. If you are looking for gifts for hard-to-buy-for outdoors people, these are great ideas to check out.

Geared up and ready for adventure

Gear we love for adventures in our Land Rover

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10 great gift ideas for an outdoors person...


Teaching Kids to Swim in Lakes

Tips on teaching your kids to swim while having fun outside

So you keep to going to lakes with your kids but they don’t know how to swim. How do you get them started? Here’s a step by step guide on how to introduce young children to swimming in lakes. Both of us were swim instructors, we believe swimming is an important skill for everyone and a fun way to spend time out doors.

These Kids Love Mountain Lakes and Only Know Cold Water

Banff National Park

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teaching kids to swim...


Camp and RV for Free in Alberta and British Columbia

The not-so-secret secrets of camping for free in Western Canada

Free Camping? Yes please!

Well, that seems to be the consensus when reading forums and talking with people. FREE is an appealing word. Other than the no cost aspect, free camping seems to have a mysterious air to it. These places are not closely guarded secrets but they do require a little research to find. Here is how to easily find these areas, why these areas are free and what to expect when you get there.

Free Camping is for the Adventurous that are Happy with Rustic

Camp for free in Canada

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So You Want To Get Out More and Try Camping

It's Not As Intimidating As It Seems

I grew up camping, my first steps were at a campground and many of my fondest childhood memories were of camping. Growing up camping I’ve taken much of what I know for granted. Introducing close friends with zero camping experience has taught me that camping can seem daunting to try. There are a lot of ‘unknowns’ from what equipment you really need to campsite etiquette to over coming ‘will a bear eat us all’…

I love to introduce people to camping and watch them continue to adventure into nature on their own. Camping is an amazing way to experience the outdoors, travel and spend time with friends and family. If you are looking to camp for your first time or new to camping then this is the place for you.

Views from Tents are Often Amazing

Beginners guide to camping

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Explore Canada’s Backcountry Wilderness

Get off the beaten path, explore the outdoors through backcountry huts

We frequently meet people that are wanting to start overnight backcountry trips and everyone immediately correlates overnight trips with camping. Backcountry camping provides freedom and unlimited possibilities, but also requires gear, experience and possibly a companion to have a safe and enjoyable experience. When I talk to these eager adventurers our conversations always end up on sharing a new idea on how to explore the backcountry and I’ve been surprised how few people even know about this option - I’m talking about huts. If people are aware of huts they often haven’t gone because they don’t know what to expect. To answer all of your hut questions here is who should go, where to go, what to expect, what to bring and why you will want to go!

Explore Canada’s Wilderness Through Beautiful Backcountry Huts

Backcountry Huts Canada

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Learn about huts and how to use them ...


Our Adventure Mobile

Enjoy your ride

I (wife/mother of Off-road Discovery) would not categorize myself as a ‘car’ person. I’ll admit I know more than I ever thought I would about engines, tires, diffs, and how to use a winch but all of this education happened after I met my husband. He’s a walking vehicle encyclopedia. I give my dad credit for teaching me how to change tires - winters to summers and visa versa since the start of high school till every year until I moved out. I thought it was to make sure I never got stuck with a flat I couldn’t change, but now I think he was on to a very clever use of child labour. I’m remembering that one for my own kids, thanks dad!

Our Adventure Mobile

Land Rover Discovery Camping

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Hiking with Dogs

Tips on taking your fur friend on the trails

Dogs love walks, I have yet to meet a dog that doesn’t want to get outside and roam the world. As a part of the family, dogs often go where their people do. Our dog, Charger, often motivates us to get out and go to certain places. Watching a dog run, swim and sniff happily is just plain awesome and a great way to put a smile on your face.

I love seeing dogs camping and hiking and having a dog on a trail definitely adds to the enjoyment but there are two very important things you need to think about before hitting the trails - safety and rules.

Dogs Love Hiking

Best Family Hike - Ptarmigan Cirque, Kananaskis Alberta Photo: Ptarmigan Cirque, Kananaskis, Alberta

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6 Kid Friendly Rock Climbing Areas Close to Calgary

Family friendly crags in the Canadian Rockies

What’s more off-road than climbing? Maybe flying?! Climbing is so different from any activity I have tried. It pushes me to trust my strength and capability more than any sport. I find climbing addicting. We take our kids everywhere with us so making outdoor rock climbing a family affair was an easy decision. Taking young kids outdoors requires some preparation but is rewarding for everyone. One question I’m frequently asked is where to go climbing as a family, so I’ve compiled a list of 6 family-friendly climbing locations in the Canadian Rockies that are close to Calgary. Maps are included to make these areas a breeze to find!

6 kid friendly climbing locations in the Canadian Rockies in Alberta

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