Banff National Park

Hey, there’s a contest at the end of this post! Read the whole thing first though 🙂

Winter is coming. We’ve had a couple hits of it already (snow in August!?) but it’s not really here yet. I’m itching to squeeze every second of the brief fall ahead out.

I still need to get outside and get away with my kids. I can’t sit still at home on a weekend. I need to be that not at home dad that gets out and away with my boys.

I want to climb a mountain with my sons. (5 Epic Kid-Friendly Hikes In The Rockies)

Plain of Six Glaciers

I want to ride bikes with them on dirt tracks. (Check out these trails in Canmore)

mountain bike trails in canmore

I want to find hidden lakes and waterfalls. (Peyto Lake is a Banff National Park classic)

Peyto Lake Zacharie Hike

Simply put: I want to get outside with my boys. Outside and away.

It’s where we can talk, uninterrupted, for 3 or 4 hours. It’s where they can ramble on, uninterrupted, about the life cycle of crocodiles, jaguars, and tell me stories about the birds along the path. It’s about exploring, challenging ourselves, bonding, and being together.

Uninterrupted. Outside. Together.

September 20 is Rediscover Nature Day and I’m going through my old favorites and things I still have to do for my bucket list, and monitoring the weather forecasts to help plan our family’s escape to Banff.

Rediscover Nature Day

Where will you go on Rediscover Nature Day?

The ask is simple: Get outside with your family for at least one hour on Sunday, September 20th. This next week leading up to the day, encourage everyone you know to plan for something outside.

Take Me Outside is hosting a Rediscover Nature Day contest with a grand prize sponsored by Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

RSVP to participate in Rediscover Nature Day and post a photo of your family enjoying nature to Twitter or Instagram using both #RediscoverNature and #MyBanff between September 9-30, 2015 for a chance to WIN a trip to Banff National Park to experience Banff and Lake Louise with your family or win one of ten Nature Valley Rediscover Nature Kits!

Do it all in advance or after, because on Rediscover Nature Day, you’re leaving the tech at home. No selfies from the trail, just have uninterrupted outside time together.

Banff National Park is one of my favourite places to escape with the boys on any weekend during the year, but fall means hiking into the larches. It means packing a few extra layers and maybe getting your feet wet in the snow near the top of a trail. It means maybe we could finally do the Legacy Trail between Banff and Canmore.

It means heading out to Johnston Canyon and getting to do one of the most popular hikes in the Rockies without the crowds. It means a final look at at Lake Minnewanka before it freezes for the season. It means another wander up to the top of Tunnel Mountain.

Charlie on Tunnel Mountain in Banff

Where will you go for Rediscover Nature Day? RSVP Now, spread the word, and enter to win my contest below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One lucky reader has the chance to WIN a bundle of Nature Valley gear to help your family Rediscover Nature ($50 value)

Nature Valley Prize Pack

(2) Nature Valley Rediscover Nature draw-string backpack
(2) Nature Valley travel size LED flashlight
(4) Nature Valley stainless steel 16oz water bottle
(2) Nature Valley Lunch Box snack bars

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO CASE P! OUR CONTEST WINNER
Terms and Conditions: Residents of Canada with a Canadian mailing address are eligible. Void where prohibited. Prize has a value of $50, must be accepted as awarded. A random entry will be selected and notified via email provided. Prize will be mailed directly to winner by the client. Entries done via Twitter or Facebook accounts used only for contesting will be disqualified at judge’s discretion.

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