Family Fun in the Fall Your kids are going to love this route! It’s one of my favourites – because well, I’m a kid at heart. The Golden Triangle three-day route has you standing at the base of towering waterfalls, taking short hikes to awesome sites and interesting geological formations, stopping at spectacular viewpoints and screaming with delight at an outdoor adventure park. Sure, you can do it in the summer, but in the fall, there are less crowds and a magnificent display of autumn foliage. Pack the overnight bags – it’s going to get bumpy.   Yoho National Park showers you with splendor I’m serious on the shower. There is a short relatively flat hike to the base of the 373-metre tall Takakkaw Falls. Enjoy the view from the brilliant red Parks Canada chairs, or follow the kids as they dash across the bridge towards the base of the falls. The water flows from the Daly Glacier, to drop and bounce for that final freefall of 254 metres. In July when the water shoots like a firehose, the spray drifts across the trees and anyone standing at the base gets soaked. In the fall however, the flow is diminished, the thunder of the waterfall is slightly less deafening, and the rocks are easier to wander through to the base. It really is magnificent.  Now that you have seen a waterfall from the bottom up, take a short drive to the Natural Bridge on the road to Emerald Lake to see that same flow of water cascades through a hole sculpted in the bedrock as it continues its journey to the coast. There are vantage points to see the feature near the parking lot but take the kids a bit further to see the water come gushing through the hole. All it took was a few million years for the water to erode through a layer of soft sediment, but you can see it all in less than an hour. Continue on the road to Emerald Lake for an easy walk around the shore or explore further on the rugged trails. Rent a canoe to dip a paddle in the beautiful teal blue waters.  Golden shines with family activities Remember I said I was a kid at heart? The new Golden Sky Bridge attraction makes me giddy like a kid in a playground. Two of Canada’s highest suspension bridges draped 130 metres (426 ft) above the expansive canyon and waterfall. Yes, that’s cool but even better is the new Canyon Edge Challenge. Three different courses test your balance, nerve and ability on ladders, bridges, and ropes. It’s great for the whole family. In the town of Golden, take a break and wander the new River Walk alongside the Kicking Horse River. Include a walk across the Kicking Horse Pedestrian bridge. It’s the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada. Stop in at the nearby sports and recreation shop to rent some gear to try disc golfings. If you can throw a Frisbee you can play disc golf at the course in Golden.  Have you met Boo yet? He is the grizzly bear living at the Grizzly Bear Interpretive Centre at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. I met him last summer and was amazed at how much I learned on my tour. Of course, he was on the other side of a fence but getting up close to a grizzly and learning about the species is a bucket list adventure for any age.  Wetlands to Hot Springs – it’s Radium The Columbia River Wetlands stretching from Golden to Radium Hot Springs is a perfect area to slow down and play “Spot the wildlife.” More than 216 species of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals all use this valley. Rent a few kayaks or paddleboards and drop them in the river to let the current take you on a journey. If you silently slip along with the current, the birds and shore species are less likely to flee too quickly. Last time we were through we saw a few Great Blue Herons. If you don’t like the option of getting wet, the 9-km long Old Coach Trail overlooks the wetlands and is perfect for hiking or biking. Considering it was first constructed in the 1920s for Model T cars, you know it will be easy.  If the kids are game for a few hours on a pretty hike, tempt them with the Sinclair Canyon Trail. It offers opportunities to see Sinclair Falls and the narrow canyon. The best part about this trail is that it ends in the Radium Hot Springs parking lot. Did you bring your swimsuit? Don’t worry if you didn’t. Parks Canada has some retro suits you can rent. After a day on the trail or paddling the waterways, a soak in the mineral rich hot water is appreciated by any age.  In Radium, you’ll see the resident Bighorn Sheep wandering through town. Always keep your distance. Those horns mean business. See if the kids want to tour the town and nearby trails on a Segway.  Travelling along highway 93 there are a few perfect spots to let the kids out to explore the colours. Olive Lake boardwalk is super short. The kids will love how the lake changes colours with the light. The trees will be putting on a brilliant orange and red show too. Further along is Marble Canyon. In the summer, the short trail to see the emerald-blue glacier-fed stream tumble through the gorge can be crowded, but in the fall, you’ve got the trail to yourself.   
Nichées dans le canyon Sinclair, ces piscines d’eau minérale spacieuses sont depuis plus d’un siècle une halte prisée des voyageurs qui traversent les Rocheuses canadiennes en voiture.
Foulez le sol de deux provinces en même temps, avant de partir en promenade dans une forêt tranquille et ombragée! La ligne continentale de partage des eaux sépare deux bassins hydrographiques, deux provinces et deux parcs nationaux.
Cherchez des épilobes fuchsia dans un paysage façonné par le feu, l’érosion et le processus de formation des montagnes. De multiples ponts enjambent la gorge étroite. Zigzaguez au-dessus du précipice tout en jetant des coups d’œil à la rivière en contrebas. Frissons garantis!
Saisissez dans vos mains un fragment de l’histoire de la Terre au cours de cette randonnée guidée. Découvrez de quelle manière le feu a aidé les scientifiques à trouver de nouveaux gisements de fossiles. Réservations obligatoires.
Cette promenade facile vous mène à trois sources minérales riches en fer qui tachent d’orangé le sol environnant. Excellente destination pour une promenade en raquettes en hiver.
Traversez deux ponts qui enjambent la rivière Kootenay et serpentez à travers une vieille forêt. Terminez votre randonnée au bord d’un lac endormi au pied de magnifiques montagnes.
Étendez une couverture de pique-nique et profitez d’un moment de détente ou rendez-vous à la rivière Kootenay pour une partie de pêche ou une sortie en canot.
Une aire de pique-nique boisée au sommet du col Sinclair, près d’un lac émeraude vif. Cherchez des ombles de fontaine tout en faisant le tour du lac sur le trottoir de bois.
Les hautes parois rouges du canyon Sinclair forment l’une des portes d’entrée les plus impressionnantes de tous les parcs nationaux du Canada. Elles sont sans doute aussi l’une des caractéristiques les plus célèbres du parc national Kootenay.
Le Centre d’accueil du parc national Kootenay est situé dans le village de Radium Hot Springs, juste à l’extérieur de la limite ouest du parc. L’organisme Tourism Radium et l’association coopérante Friends of Kootenay y ont également leurs locaux. Une excellente halte qui vous permet d’obtenir des cartes, des dépliants et des conseils pour planifier votre voyage. Vous y trouverez également des expositions d’information interactives, une boutique de cadeaux et des toilettes.
Excellente halte en bordure de route. Par des activités d’interprétation autonome, découvrez comment les clôtures et les passages inférieurs pour animaux assurent la sécurité de la faune. Du plaisir garanti pour les enfants!