Best kid friendly trails in Canada

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Map of kid friendly trails in Canada
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#1 - Lake Agnes Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
The Lake Agnes Trail is an accessible and relatively short hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. The trail has an elevation gain of 1,312 feet and offers fantastic views of the Nokhu Crags and Lake Louise. The Tea House is a real treat while enjoying views of the lake and is open from early June through October. Note that there is no garbage/recycling bin at the tea house as the staff are responsible for trekking supplies up and down the mountain. Please do your part to help the staff and keep our parks clean by being prepared to pack out any garbage from your visit. The trailhead can be accessed from Lake Louise near the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. For those looking for a longer hike check out Little Beehive or Big Beehive.Show more
#2 - Upper Grassi Lakes Trail Loop
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
Note: During the winter/icy conditions, Grassi Lakes Upper Trail (also known as the "hard" trail) will be closed however the other trails are still accessible. Please check here for more information: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/canmore-and-area/grassi-lakes-upper/ This popular route takes the easier, gravel Upper Grassi Lakes Trail up and returns on the steeper Grassi Lakes Trail. Feel free to do it in reverse or as an out and back. The Grassi Lakes Trail is located in a Wildlife Corridor. Travel in this area is restricted to designated trails only for the protection of natural habitat, animals, and hikers. Please remain on designated trails at all times. Each member of your hiking group should carry bear spray, as bears are often spotted in this area. Approximately 100m from the trailhead, there is a fork with signage indicating an easier route and one that is more difficult. The easier trail to the right is called Upper Grassi Lakes and follows an old road through dense forest. The more difficult route to the left is the Grassi Lakes Interpretive and climbs gradually through forested terrain before reaching a very steep section with excellent views of a waterfall and the town of Canmore. The loop can be completed in either direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise. The more difficult Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail is closed in the winter due to icy conditions which develop from water flowing over the trail. The cliffs around the lakes are regularly visited by climbers but should not be closely approached by hikers unless equipped with climbing helmets to protect against serious injury from falling rocks.Show more
#3 - Ptarmigan Cirque
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
This is a beautiful hike with such little effort required for stunning views. The short distance and incredible views make a great quick hike good for young children. You will likely see lots of wildlife (squirrels, chipmunks, big horn sheep) with nice small waterfalls and great scenery. This is a fragile alpine area and people should respect that and stay on the trail. It is also advisable to carry bear spray. Note: The highway leading up to the hike is closed Dec-June. In winter conditions (that includes early spring and later in fall) this trail is considered backcountry and avalanche hazard exists. Show more
#4 - Grotto Canyon Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
This is a great hike with incredible views throughout. It's a good challenge for kids and can be busy on weekends. During the winter you may need snowshoes or crampons since the trail can get icy and slippery. About halfway through, there is a waterfall followed by an Inukshuk Garden and a cave!Show more
#5 - Troll Falls
Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
This trail is great for families or anybody looking for a nice easy hike. There are two end points: The main one takes you to the bottom of the waterfall whereas the second part takes you above (not directly above the waterfall mentioned above) the waterfall to a creek and some other waterfalls. The second part is more difficult than the first. The main trail is packed down, easy with good hikers and not a lot of elevation. If you want to explore behind the falls bring ice crampons. Exploring the upper trail is neat and you can find a pretty cool ice area that is easier to explore than the falls. Getting to the upper part is a little steep and a little slick but do able with good grips. The trail to the upper falls can be icy!Show more
#6 - Chester Lake Trail
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
The trail starts by climbing through the pine forest along gradual but steady switchbacks. It then gets steeper and continues climbing until around 2.6 km in when it levels out for the most part. The trail opens up to an expansive clearing with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains! It re-enters the forest for a little ways and then opens up again before arriving at the lake. ⁣ ⁣ The lake is gorgeous and the pops of yellow on the larch trees look incredible against the snowy mountainous backdrop. The trail continues around the perimeter of the lake and it gets narrow, rocky and full of roots to navigate. The rocks can get snow covered and slippery at certain times of the year, so a little treacherous. You will get so many good photo opportunities! It then follows back along the same trail back to the beginning. ⁣ The “highway” leading to this trail is not well maintained with pothole filled, washboard bumps, loose gravel and large rocks along a narrow and winding road. This hike is busy so arrive early to get a parking spot. There is bear activity reported in this area causing intermittent closures for certain areas in the park. For more information on closures, please see https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/peter-lougheed-pp/advisories/Show more
#7 - Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
Note: At certain times of the year, access to Moraine Lake trails may be managed to protect visitors and to minimize disturbance to bears. Please check with Banff National Park before proceeding. This trail is popular and is heavily trafficked. Arrive early for parking and for viewing the lake. Due to multiple areas of steep grades over 12% and staircases, this trail has not been marked wheelchair or stroller-friendly, although some parts may be accessible for some users.Show more
#8 - Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls
Banff National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Please note: Although this trail is open for recreation, visitors are not allowed to drive or park in the area due to COVID-19 concerns. Hikers must either walk or ride a bike to trailheads. Please check the park page for up to date trail accessibility before visiting: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff Additionally, the off-trail cave area for viewing the iconic rock may be CLOSED and roped off depending on the day. With over one million visitors per year Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Banff National Park. The Lower Falls is very powerful and can be approached via footbridge and pedestrian tunnel, while the Upper Falls is highest and can be taken from a platform at the base or top of the falls. Although the Upper Falls trail is not wheelchair or stroller accessible, the Lower Falls trail is. That trail can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/johnston-canyon-trail-to-lower-falls?u=iShow more
#9 - Grassi Lake Trail
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Note: Bears can be seen on this trail, please be prepared. Additionally, the trail can be closed due to snowy conditions. The Grassi Lakes Trail is located in a Wildlife Corridor. Travel in this area is restricted to designated trails only for the protection of natural habitat, animals, and hikers. Please remain on designated trails at all times. Each member of your hiking group should carry bear spray, as bears are often spotted in this area. Approximately 100m from the trailhead, there is a fork with signage indicating an easier route and one that is more difficult. The easier trail to the right is called Upper Grassi Lakes and follows an old road through dense forest. The more difficult route to the left is the Grassi Lakes Interpretive and climbs gradually through forested terrain before reaching a very steep section with excellent views of a waterfall and the town of Canmore. The loop can be completed in either direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise. The more difficult Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail is closed in the winter due to icy conditions which develop from water flowing over the trail. The cliffs around the lakes are regularly visited by climbers but should not be closely approached by hikers unless equipped with climbing helmets to protect against serious injury from falling rocks.Show more
#10 - Valley of the Five Lakes Loop from Icefields Parkway
Jasper National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
The trail starts off by passing through the forest and then crossing a wooden footbridge over a tall grassy and marshy area before gently climbing back into the forest. At the junction, you can either start the loop around the lakes clockwise or counter clockwise. This route takes the path to the right and goes counter clockwise, starting at the fifth lake and going around the first. The trail consists of some steeper uphill and downhill sections along with some flatter areas in between but it is not too difficult. Upon reaching the fifth lake, the trail follows a narrow ridge along the side of a hill which provides amazing views of the lakes and gorgeous mountain landscape. All five lakes are absolutely beautiful and awe-inspiring and you will love the vibrant colour of the water in unique shades of blue and green and how crystal clear they are. There are beautiful reflections of the surrounding mountains and pine trees on the calm water's surface which makes for some lovely photos. These lakes are among some of the most breathtaking in the Rockies. When you get to the first lake, continue along Trail 9B to loop back around to the trailhead unless you are looking for a longer hike around the first lake, then take Trail 9A. It takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the hike including many stops to take photos and admire the natural beauty around me. These stunning lakes are definitely a must-see and well worth a visit in Jasper.Show more
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