Giving kids a mission is one way to kick up the fun factor on a hike.
Here’s a few ideas from my new book, Best Hikes and Nature Walks With Kids In and Around Southwestern British Columbia:
- Look for the perfect walking stick or magic wand
- Search for hollow trees
- Play “I Spy” using the primary and secondary colours
- Go geocaching
- Bring a favourite stuffy for photo ops along the trail
- Prepare a list and make it a scavenger hunt
If you opt for a scavenger hunt, make sure to leave what you find where you found it.
By the way, Best Hikes and Nature Walks With Kids features 55 fun-filled hikes near Vancouver, plus helpful tips on hiking with children and safety, ethics, and etiquette. (For more safety tips, check out AdventureSmart’s Hug a Tree and Survive program.)
The book also includes Wild Sights — a mini field guide to more than 30 animals, plants, and fungi in the Pacific Northwest. Record your wildlife sightings!
Be safe and have fun!