Summer weekends are ideal for family hikes. A few Saturdays ago we packed a picnic and whizzed over to Lake Louise for a quick day hike. It’s only 3km from the Moraine Lake parking lot to Consolation Lake, making it an ideal hike for young children. The elevation gain is minimal – about 300 ft. (90 metres), so whining and requests for snacks (from me, of course) was kept to a minimum.
Start by taking in this view of the Valley of Ten Peaks. Hikers need to travel in groups of four or risk being fined.
The forest has been thinned out along the trail, so hikers can more easily spot bears and other wildlife approaching. Traipse down the velvety moss banks and dip your hand in the rushing stream.
Along the way you’ll spot plenty of wildflowers.
Pink Indian paintbrushes are only found at high altitudes.
The trail is wide enough to walk side by side.
You’ll reach Consolation Lake in less than an hour.
Take a minute to enjoy the view.
A rocky outcrop of boulders is ideal for kids to scramble over, find caves and sit upon to look for fish (we spotted three).
What are your favourite day hikes for kids?