• Sarah Nantel


I am constantly searching for new places to bring Anders. Yes, there is that option of staying home all week (and maybe heading out into the backyard once in awhile), but I think both my son and I would go crazy. I try to plan Anders week with activities- playdates, trips to indoor and outdoor playgrounds, walks, library time and play classes. Anders’ curiosity is certainly at its highest at the moment and his job is to use all his senses and explore. He is always excited when I bring him to someplace fresh and new.

Now that spring is here, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside! Being outdoors and getting fresh air is both good for me (to get out of the house) and Anders (he sleeps better, or at least I think).

We headed to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park- one of Alberta’s newest parks. This park is located just 15-20 mins outside of Calgary just before the town of Cochrane on Highway 1A.

For our first visit, I decided to take a short little loop to a view point area just close to the parking area. We were rewarded with the spectacular views of the rocky mountains (without driving all the way to Banff) and the bow river valley.

Anders and I sat on the ground and watched the sights. He watched birds fly in the sky, saw the train pass by below and the dogs running by. We played with the rocks, dirt and grass. It was just peaceful sitting there with my son in the wide open space. It was one of those moments that are far in between during our hectic days running errands and doing our activities.

We noticed how quiet the park was compared with some of the parks in the city. There were a lot of interpretive signs about the park’s history and geology which makes it helpful to explain to Anders what he’s looking at (never too early to start!) There is also a visitor’s centre in the park, which we will save for our next visit! We are looking forward to bringing dad and exploring more of this amazing area.

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