Something I didn't do enough of this summer was visit the mountains. On clear days I can see them waaaay off to the west from my house. I am lucky that I have always lived close enough to head there for a day trip.
A friend of mine wanted to do a road trip last weekend, so we joined her and her daughter. Destination: Troll Falls, Kananaskis Country, AB.
It was a beautiful day, not too hot and a bit of very light rain on and off. The walk to the first falls was under 2km and was mostly flat. Up to a certain point, you could easily bring strollers or bikes. People of all ages were on the well groomed path. After the first falls though, you have to climb to the 2nd and 3rd falls. There is still a defined path but it's a tougher to navigate than the first portion. The 2 kids did awesome! No fear in my 7 year old, he was climbing like it was his job and I had to keep telling him to wait! and don't run! I'm such a MOM. He told me he is extreme now and I am not letting him be extreme.
|This is the Trolls Nose|
The 3rd and best falls, in my opinion, was stunning! We hung out here for a bit, dipped our toes in the water and just enjoyed the moment. We were told there are more falls if you keep going but that will have to be an adventure for another day. We also want to come back here in the winter when the falls are frozen.
When you could see through the trees there were incredible views of the Rocky Mountains. I've seen these views many times and it still takes my breath away.
|View from the middle|
|A bit smoky but still phenomenal!|
Barrier Lake is actually a man-made lake created by a hydro electric dam. There are picnic areas, a boat launch and hiking trails here. A return trip to stand-up paddle board here was mentioned for next summer.
|Very low water levels|
|Selfie! Thankful for good friends and a good day!|