Kid vs. Nature in Kananaskis

We are not an outdoorsy family.

You won’t hear the words “hike” or “trail” come from any member of my foursome unless we’re reading a book or talking about something someone else has planned.

We like to be outdoors – chatting with the neighbours, manning the barbecue, riding bikes around the block – but hanging in the outdoors? Not our thing. Me most of all. (May I direct newcomers to my camping rant here.)

And yet.

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What's not to love?

Driving the long gravel road to Mt. Engadine Lodge for a one-night stay in the Valley  may have changed that. I wouldn’t say it transformed me but it definitely nudged all of us a little further to the nature-loving side.

Mt. Engadine

Our Cabin in the woods












And what is to blame for this?

Mt. Engadine - at home

Feeling at home

Well, it started with a Bear.


The first sighting

We’re driving along, minding our own business when I look up and out and there it is. A bear – bigger than a cub, smaller than a full-grown. A teen bear, if you will, walking right there by the river.

We pulled the car over and watched him/her stop, play in the water and walk some more…for a good 10 minutes.

closer bear

The boys put down their toys. Ish put the car in park.

And we sat there. Watching a bear wile away his/her day.

The silence seemed short lived. Once we moved on and the bear faded from sight the chatting and emailing and radio blasting returned.

But the next morning, as we sat on the deck of the lodge looking out at  Moose  before breakfast it returned.


very shaky, very shadowy moose!

We found it hard to leave and  I realized we kinda like it here in the Kananaskis Valley.

Somehow the quiet was filling us. The kids were adapting  to the quiet and becoming quieter. And if you’ve spent any time with those two you can understand why I suggested we stay just a little bit longer.

Quality time Kananaskis

Quality time Captured in Kananaskis

And so, though we should have left early that day for our next adventure we didn’t. We sat on that porch, my men and I, sipping our hot drinks and reading our books and watching for moose.

And we were all happy to do it.

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{ 12 comments… add one }

Carol Anne Williams July 18, 2011, 2:39 PM

We’re an outdoor crowd, glad that maybe this trip is swaying you to our side just a little!
Looks like such a great place!


Heather July 18, 2011, 12:47 PM

It did! Who wouldn’t be impressed by a bear! And the mountains, rivers, moose? Swoon.


Sarah (mrsgryphon) July 18, 2011, 10:08 PM

Kananaskis is one of our favourite places in the world – and there’s nothing quite as awesome as watching a wild thing in it’s own space. Glad you got to appreciate it with the kids!


Heather July 21, 2011, 7:48 PM

And now it’s one of my favourite places. Beautiful landscapes and wonderful people. We’ll be back!


Boomergirl July 20, 2011, 1:48 AM

Beautiful post. Betting this trip will be remembered by kids their entire lives.


Heather July 21, 2011, 7:48 PM

I think we may have hit the perfect age for memory making. They’ll definitely have enough photos to jumpstart the memories!


Kayla July 21, 2011, 2:10 PM

It looks like the trip is going well so far! :)
Great pictures!


Heather July 21, 2011, 7:47 PM

Hey Kayla! It has been a lot of fun. Hope all is well with you too!


Gypsyinnkeepers July 22, 2011, 11:43 PM

Big Hugs from all the gang at Engadine, glad you enjoyed the stay!  The moose say hello!!

Chris & Shari-Lynn


Heather July 23, 2011, 9:05 AM

ha! The boys say “hello” back. Thanks for having us out. It was a memorable stay.


Viji_raja August 17, 2011, 2:40 AM

I knew this trip would bring us closer, cant wait to go camping next year!!!


Heather August 17, 2011, 4:51 PM

ha! so funny. not.


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