Road trips are one of the easiest ways to explore with the kids. This summer, we’ve got weekends packed full of road trips, exploring everywhere that we can. Here are some of the road trips that we’ve got planned for the summer:
Terra Nova Playground/Cultus Lake Waterpark
Terra Nova playground. Right before school starts, we’re taking 12 days to drive to Seattle, and we’re taking a few side trips along the way. Terra Nova Playground, the 1 million dollar playground, in Richmond, is one of those excursions. At 90 minutes away, Cultus Lake is the main trip, but the playground is going to make a fantastic ‘run off the energy’ stop for the kids.
There are a handful of things that I’m excited for when we get to Seattle. The first thing? The Underground tour, and hiking, and taking the kids to ride the duck. I got soaked on the Duck in Cininnati, and I am hoping the kids have the same cool experience. We’re driving, and it’s going to be one of the longest road trips we’ve embarked on yet – so wish us luck! We’re going to be road tripping, checking out a few of the things on this list, and road trips to places like Ruby Beach and Great Wolf Lodge. (image credit: ruby beach)
The best beach in the province, this one’s an easy day trip unlike the longer trips that we’re planning for just a handful of days (thank goodness for iPads + headphones). The beach is gorgeous, the water is clear and the shallow area is vast. The sand is easy to play with, and there are some great campgrounds in the area that you can check it out, if you don’t want to stay in the Super 8, in town. If you do one beach this summer, make it Devonshire Beach. It takes just under three hours to get there from Edmonton.
Heart Creek Trail + Bunker
An easy trail leads to an abandoned cold war bunker originally intended to house important documents should Canada be threatened. From the parking lot of the Heart Creek day use area take the path leading west. It’s washed out a short way down the trail so make your way around it and carry on until you come to a marker post for the Trans Canada Trail. Take a left here and continue until you come to an intersection and another TCT marker, take the left path here as well. The trail gradually switchbacks from here to the entrance of the bunker. Bring a decent flashlight if you plan on exploring. Read more at Trailpeak, we’ll be camping at Canyon Campground in Peter Lougheed Park.
Our last summer hurrah, Radium is our choice for the week before school starts to do nothing but relax and sit by the pool before the year begins. It’s an easy weekend trip, under six hours, and always means many bottles of wine shared with friends, kids running around and somewhere we’ve been annually since Olivia was a tiny person. We’ve always stayed in a family member’s vacation rental, or used AirBNB (Use this link to get a $31 AirBNB credit). Vacation rentals are the way to go – that last weekend is usually empty.
Finally, if we can fit it in, a trip to Waterton Lakes National Park, to sleep in a Tipi and explore the area for a quick weekend trip. This is indeed the summer of road trips.