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Dining With Hypothyroidism at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort

Does the thought of dining with hypothyroidism outside the comfort of your own home or community, let alone in a foreign country on vacation make you shudder? What if I told you that dining with hypothyroidism at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort was easy! Don’t believe me? Check it out!

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Here are my thoughts and tips on Dining With Hypothyroidism at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort:

One of my biggest worries when constantly dining out is the fear of my food being cooked in canola oil. As a lot of us know, canola oil is a cooking staple in so many fast food and chain restaurants in North America. Canola oil is especially harmful for those of us with Hashimoto’s, which is the autoimmune disorder of which hypothyroidism is a symptom. Lucky, the chefs at all the restaurants at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort restaurants are accommodating when asked for substitutions. Not only that, the menus at all the restaurants are full of choice.

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As I have mentioned in a previous post about Travelling With Hypothyroidism, stick to ordering and consuming the following foods:

  • Eggs: Whole eggs are best, as much of the iodine and selenium are found in the yolk, while the whites are full of protein.
  • Meats: All meats, including lamb, beef, chicken, etc.
  • Fish: All seafood, including salmon, tuna, halibut, shrimp, etc.
  • Vegetables: Most vegetables are fine to eat. Cruciferous vegetables are fine to eat in moderate amounts, when cooked.
  • Fruits: berries, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, etc.
  • Source out gluten-free grains and seeds to be safe: Rice, buckwheat, quinoa, chia seeds and flaxseed.
  • Dairy: All dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. is okay as long as you’re not consuming their foods 4-6 hours within taking your medication.
  • Beverages: Water and other non-caffeinated beverages.

All of the above are easily obtainable at every restaurant at the resort.

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These are the foods I avoid when on vacation (and on a day to day basis) because I don’t want to feel sluggish and not enjoy myself:

  • Soy: Affects thyroid hormone production as well as interferes with the synthetic thyroid hormones (so caution on salad dressings and mayo)
  • Raw, cruciferous vegetables: no broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, radish, boy choy, kale, arugula, collard greens unless cooked. Cooking deactivates the goitrogenic compounds. A goitrogen is a substance that interferes with the thyroid’s uptake of iodine.
  • Pass on the bread: I’m lucky, I’m not gluten intolerant, but so many who are who have hypothyroidism or Hashimotos are.
  • Sugary treats: Cake, pies, donuts and all are fun. And I love them. If I have to indulge, I keep it small and only once a day. All of the refined carbohydrates from such processed foods require extra insulin and can knock your blood sugar out of whack. When blood sugar is out of whack, so are the hormones. This means I limit Pina Coladas as well.

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To Answer Some Questions I Have Received:

Was it easy to find somewhere where I could eat?

Yes. There are 22 dining location options at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort, featuring five star prepared meals. There is a mix of ethnic, seafood, American style food and lots of pizza and chicken fingers for kids.

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Picture Courtesy of Beaches Resorts

Do all the restaurants serve food a la carte?

No. There are a mix of buffet and a la carte options.

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Is there anywhere to prepare my own meals?

Yes. You can book accommodations in Key West Village that come with a full kitchen if you’re adamant that you don’t want to dine out for every meal. Insider knowledge – there is not a grocery store on site, so you will have to hire a car and driver, get a taxi or rent a car yourself.

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photo courtesy of Beaches Resort

Which restaurants do you recommend?

Ohhhhh, I have a few favourites! For breakfast, I like Schooners (but they do serve a lot of grains there) – it’s a la carte or the buffets at Marios or Giuseppes.

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For lunch, I like the buffet at Arizona’s, the simple Courtyard Bistro or the seafood a la carte restaurant, Neptunes.

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For dinner, I have a lot of recommendations – Barefoot On The Beach, Sky Restaurant and Le Petit Chateau, all are a la carte options. The last two have diner age restrictions.

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Did you eat at the Mac & Cheese Truck?

No, I did not. I just can’t stomach pasta in the heat. I wanted too, but the weather did not cool down enough for me on this last visit. Maybe next time.

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Were you restricted in what you could order?

Not at all! I’m a red meat aficionado. I literally could eat it at every meal cooked every different way. That said, I eat as much variety as I could – fish, chicken, steak… more steak… For breakfast I made a point of consuming a lot of fruits and eggs. When I ordered burgers for lunch or dinner, I got lettuce instead of the bun and turned it into a lettuce wrap bun. All restaurant menus can be found online here: https://www.beaches.com/main/tc/tc-dining/ so that you can look ahead of time if you want to place your meals instead of winging it.

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Do you know what’s really easy to do when you head off on vacation? Throw your diet to the wind! Eat and drink everything you want and forget about what keeps you “healthy”! Believe me, I want to do that… Every. Single. Time. Especially at all inclusive resorts.

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Anyways, being hypothyroid and adhering to my dietary restrictions while on vacation is not very tough, especially when I’m mindful about it. And you know what? I found it easy to stick to what I needed to eat and dining with hypothyroidism in Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort was a breeze!

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Please note – I am not a doctor or a medical professional and I cannot give you advice about how to treat your thyroid condition. I am only sharing what works for me. Please consult your doctor or medical professional if you have any questions about your symptoms or medication.

I was invited to attend Social Media On The Sand at Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos in October, 2018 and my opinion was not swayed by drinking any pina colada flavoured kool aid.

Top 5 Reasons To Try Snuba

If you have never done it, would you ever want to scuba dive? If the answer is no, why not?

Is it the fear of swimming many feet below the surface of the water with an oxygen tank strapped to your back?

Are you panicked at the idea of having to remember to check your oxygen levels, check your depths, descend and ascend at a very controlled and slow pace? Are you worried about getting the bends?

What if you could go to depths of just 20 feet below the surface and not have to worry about any of that? What if you could just go with a mask and a regulator to breathe through and be tethered to an oxygen umbilical cord floating on the surface?

It’s called SNUBA and it’s a nice, gentle intro to scuba diving without all the schooling and equipment.

Beaches Moms in Turks and Caicos Snuba crew, October 2018 #diving #Scuba #dive #Sea #snorkeling #scubadive #SNUBA #snubalife #whyyoushouldtrysnuba #danifaust #sarahpittard #kathrynanywhere #solomomtravels Ready to SNUBA with Sara (Solo Mom Takes Flight), Dani (OK Dani) and Alex from SNUBA International

If you’ve been reading or following my adventures for a while, you know that I chase after experiences that make my knees weak. Or my heart race. Or a combination of the two. I recently attended Social Media On The Sand, an invitation only social media conference at Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos and the opportunity was presented to me to try out an offering with their water sports – SNUBA.

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What exactly is SNUBA?

SNUBA is a hybrid underwater experience of snorkelling and scuba diving. You breathe through a simplified regulator, that is attached to an airline and is attached to a tank of air that’s in a raft on the surface. There can be 2 or 4 divers attached to each raft.

Essentially, it is like being tethered to your oxygen and your dive buddy and you’re only going 20 feet deep.

Snuba from the Beach, with Dive Master Johnny and Sara - Beaches Moms in Turks and Caicos Snuba crew, October 2018 #diving #Scuba #dive #Sea #snorkeling #scubadive #SNUBA #snubalife #whyyoushouldtrysnuba #turksandcaicos #BeachesMoms #BeachesResorts #sarapittard

When can I try SNUBA?

Anytime, except during hurricanes or tsunamis, that wouldn’t make sense.

Where can I try SNUBA?

There are more than 80 locations around the world, mostly in the Caribbean and you can find the locations here: http://www.snuba.com/where-to-snuba/

I tried SNUBA at Beaches Resort on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. The resort dive shop is a 5 Star Padi diving facility, so you know everything there is top notch. What’s interesting about doing it here, was that we walked and then swam out from the beach, opposed to taking a boat. I’ve never done a beach scuba dive before.

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Aside from it being something I had never done before, why did I want to SNUBA?

Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why To Try SNUBA:

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  1. Trying out SNUBA is easy – you don’t have to be a certified diver or an experienced snorkeler – although it does help to be really comfortable in the water. You go through a 15 minute pre-dive orientation session, equipment outfitting, a skill demonstration, then out you go! The entire experience can be completed in one hour.
  2. SNUBA is intended to be an activity for anyone over the age of 6. I can see this being an amazing family activity for my kids and I! Well, once my son stops crying at swimming lessons, but that’s a different story.
  3. SNUBA tours take place on “well worn trails”, that is well trafficked areas where there is minimal risk of a dangerous fish (shark) to attack. While it is extremely rare for a scuba diver to be injured during a dive by a shark or other sea mammal, it is a risk.
  4. As a lapsed open water scuba diver who requires a refresher course before my next scuba dive, I’d rather do a SNUBA experience. Vacation time with my kids is really precious and I don’t want to than lose out on any time with my kids doing the actual refresher course if I cannot do it ahead of time.
  5. Getting up close and personal with the fish and marine life! When you snorkel, you’re at the surface and can only go as deep and and stay under as long as you can hold your breath. With SNUBA, you can go 20 feet down!

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And to be completely transparent with you:

I Had A Panic Attack Trying Out SNUBA

Yes, I am an adventure seeker who jumps out of planes and I am a certified open water diver. Yes, it’s been a few years since that last dive, by a few, I mean about six years. I thought it would be just like riding a bike, especially since this was supposed to be gentle and easy.

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Yet, somehow, I had a panic attack trying out SNUBA, I hyperventilated and I sucked up a lot of air. I can’t explain why.

We walked and then swam out to the water from the beach, I was ready to go, super excited to be doing this. Got underwater, started swimming along, equalized once and then… BOOM! I couldn’t breathe right, I started inhaling hard and fast and my heart was pounding. Am I going to die in a foreign country? No, I’m not because I’m going to do the most dangerous thing ever and sprint to the surface as fast as I possibly can! Luckily, because it’s SNUBA, I wasn’t coming from very deep depths at all. But you should never, EVER do that.

It makes all the difference in the world when you have the right dive buddy and dive master with you. My dive buddy was fellow Canuck, Sara from Solo Mom Takes Flight. She said all the right things and our dive master, Johnny was amazing with the situation. He held my hand, kept me breathing, looked me in the eyes and sadly lost the wrestling match to keep me under the water. It took me almost 10 minutes to get my bearings, talk myself down off of my psychological ledge and re-join my dive buddy and our dive master. 

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Most days, I feel like there isn’t anything I can’t do. But some days I remember I have littles to take care of and all of a sudden the risk adverse side of me comes out.

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That being said, I can wait to dive again! My next experience isn’t coming fast enough. I’m so glad I overcame my panic attack and got to fully try SNUBA. Check out the sights I captured:

 

SNUBA was a gifted experience while attending Social Media On The Sand at Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos and my opinion was not swayed by drinking any pina colada flavoured kool aid.

Yes, I truly would SNUBA again, hopefully without a panic attack.

 

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Mabel’s Labels – Labels For Everything

Right upfront – this is a story about how Mabel’s Labels has shown me they have labels for everything, including my video gear.

A couple of months ago, I ran into a bit of a problem. I was in a medium sized room with other content creators, elbow space was tight. We had come running in with cameras, memory sticks, USB keys and rugged hard drives full of video footage. Once we all had edited our content and sent to all of our media centres, we packed up our gear and left. Except I left without a couple things. I was missing a USB stick and a USB 3 cable from my Lacie Rugged hard drive.

Once upon a time, I was very responsible and took care of all my stuff. Then I had kids and now I take care of their stuff, including getting a label on everything with their name on it and I work and clean the house and lose my own sh!t all the time. What I didn’t realize is that you could get labels for everything from the same company I get Little Man and Miss M’s clothing labels from.

This picture below was literally how I was working.

Carrying around a couple rugged LaCie drives with painter and gaffer tape wrapped around it and my name written on it with sharpie or pen. It’s not attractive or professional looking! And I did it for years.

Labels For Everything

To the rescue? Mabel’s Labels! Krista, their community manager (and I), had a good laugh at my gaffer and painter tape hard drive labelling system.

It took me awhile to accept that I needed to change my labelling system. I also had to be shown that Mabels Labels was more than labels for kid’s clothing and lunch containers. I have been a loyal costumer of Mabel’s Labels for all kid related labels for close to nine years. It was my go-to for daycare and school tags, shoe identifier and name stickers.

Krista showed me all the different uses for Mabel’s Labels products and that they can be customized to have names, email addresses and phone numbers on them in a variety of colour palettes and without the cute icons or characters that kids can choose from.

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So now I’m going label crazy putting them on everything so I won’t lose any more of my cables, hard drives or USB sticks. The one I have on my cable above, my portable battery for my cell phone and on my GoPro below? It’s a Tag Mate. My first name and cell phone number is on it.

Sorry, number blurred for my safety.

 

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You can customize ones for yourself or your gear by clicking on the Tag Mate link here. Want a discount for your Mabel’s Labels purchases? Keep reading! I have one for you.

All of the sticker tags from Mabel’s Labels are also waterproof so I have no fear of them coming off my GoPro while underwater or in a waterpark. I’ve learned this from the countless times I’ve put my kid’s clothing in the washing machine and the labels were still attached when I took them out. Or the amount of times the Tupperware Miss M and Little Man use for school lunches went into the dishwasher and the the labels stayed put.

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I’ve even put it on my floatation device for my GoPro, as seen above. Next time I go snorkeling or diving with my GoPro and I set the camera down in the dive shop or on the boat, everyone will know it’s mine.

And my LaCie rugged hard drives I travel and work with? They’ve been labelled with the Personalized Name Stickers, complete with phone number and email address. Again, sorry to have made a blur on item, but safety first!

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So now you are wondering how to get your hands on these labels for everything from Mabel’s Labels as well? And that discount I spoke of? Yes there is one for all my readers, fans and followers!

Between right now and November 30th, 2018, save 10% off your purchases made on Mabel’s Labels with discount code KATHRYN.

Click on this little banner below:

Or go straight to the Mabel’s Labels website. I know the banner says “stuff kids lose”, but seriously, I’m a big kid.

Happy Shopping!

 

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Want to see how I labelled everything? I did it during a Facebook Live the other night! Check it out here!

 

Mabel’s Labels gifted me with the product to label my gear with and to put to the test.

This post contains affiliate links which I will make a small commission on if you make a purchase.

 



					

Epic Hikes With Kids – Dundas Peak and Tew’s Falls Trail, Ontario

The Bruce Trail is a hiking trail in southern and central Ontario, stretching 890 kilometres. The Bruce extends from the Niagara River in the south, to the tip of Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula in the north. As far as epic hikes with kids, the entire Bruce Trail is great. But, there are parts here and there that are so worth seeking out to show your kids. For information purposes and to convey a subsection – I’m going to focus here on the Dundas Peak Trail and Tew’s Falls in Dundas, Ontario.

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This has been the year of hiking for my children and much of it has taken place on the Bruce Trail. The Dundas Peak Trail and Tew’s Waterfalls is the third amazingly epic hike Miss M and Z Man had in 2018. To be fair, we’ve been on quite a few great hikes this year. The Cyprus Lake Trail to the Grotto, just outside Tobermory comes to mind, but it didn’t reach “epic” status. The Grotto itself is magnificent and there is a separate post on that found here. To reach epic status for me, there has to be magnificent waterfalls and spectacular look outs with an element of danger and a life learning lesson.

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The day we visited the Dundas Peak Trail was a really busy and popular day. We attempted to do things by the book and park in the designated parking lot. If we had done that, we could enter through the proper entrance. However, the parking lot was full, cars were parking up and down the highway, people were making the pilgrimage on foot and there were line ups of people just to enter. Me being me, I always look for alternative locations or alternative ways to get to where we want to be. We drove all the way from downtown Toronto, so I wanted to see something! Since Webster’s Falls parking lot and entrance was the exact same situation, we drove into the town of Dundas and parked in a residential neighbourhood. We entered the conservatory from a trail in the south end. Please note that increased parking in the residential neighbourhoods is dangerous and can impede emergency vehicles. This should not be your go-to parking destination.

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The draw for us and for everyone else coming was the changing of the leaves colour wise. We went on Thanksgiving Monday and the leaves were still quite green, but they were definitely on their way to being changed into a gorgeous autumn hues of red, orange and yellow.

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The Dundas Peak and Tew’s Falls Trail is a 3.9 kilometre total hike

The milage is according to information I got from the All Trails app I use on my iPhone when hiking. Much of the route we did was uphill and the Miss M and Z Man handled it like champions. I like getting the hard part out of the way right off the bat. For an idea on the height, Dundas Peak is twice as high as the American side of Niagara Falls. Tew’s Falls are 41 metres high.

 

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First, we headed towards the peak lookout, which has become one of the most popular and coveted – must have – Instagram photos of this year. I got the other insta-worthy destinations, Barron Canyon Trail and Skinner’s Bluff earlier this year. Selfishly, I wanted one or two of those Instagram photos too. I wasn’t alone in my desire that day and I guess at that time – it was early afternoon. There were more people there than I could have imagined, but I still got what I wanted.

 

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Total side note, yes I take my kids to cliffs and grottos and caves. If this is your first time checking out my stuff, please don’t send me a note about my irresponsible parenting. I do not and will not put my kids in a bubble. They are learning about nature and boundaries and consequences, which in my eyes are great life lessons. 

This was not a strenuous hike for the kids, nor was there any point that they wanted to quit. As per usual, I carried Z Man on my back for the majority of the distance between Tew’s Falls and the look out point on Dundas Peak Trail.

There are some area where railings/barriers are in place so that visitors do not fall.

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Due to the popularity of the location on the day we visited, instead of taking the main trail to Tew’s Falls from the look out, we took a side trail for 0.8km. Then, we joined up with the main trail for the remainder of the hike to Tew’s Falls.

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Tew’s Falls are stunning!

If I wasn’t with my kids I would have traversed down into the crevice to get a ground or a POV shot. Safety first! It is advised that visitors stay on the marked trail at all times. The shots from the top of the falls level are still pretty good!

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Worth noting, there are no washrooms or garbage receptacles along the trail. What you hike in with, you leave with. Please don’t leave garbage behind, stuffed into a tree or discarded into the bushes, it’s not nice to nature.

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The parking lot for the Spenser Gorge Conservation Area is open from the end of May until the end of October. The parking fee for each vehicle is $10. There is also a per person admission fee of $5 for each visitor aged 5 and up.

If you are looking to get to Webster Falls, be aware that there is not a hiking trail between Tew’s Falls and Webster’s Falls. Access from the parking lots and highway only.

The Great Parenting Fail of Summer 2018

I ran into a bit of an issue and I will forever dub the summer of 2018 as one of the most fun I had with my kids and also one where I made some serious unprepared mistakes. I blew a tire and didn’t know how to change it. And then… this. The Great Parenting Fail of Summer 2018.

The Great Parenting Fail of Summer 2018 came in the last week of August. I was on a media trip to a somewhat remote (non-urban) location and brought my children with me. On the second night of our stay, around 10:00pm, I noticed that Miss M, who had passed out a couple hours prior, had a fever and it was getting higher. I spent an hour applying cold facecloths to her forehead and having her drink cold water. Despite that, her body was getting warmer. And then the vomiting started. I had nothing in our bags that could combat this fever. When we left Toronto the previous morning, there was no indication either of my children were feeling unwell at all.

I made the decision at 11:00pm to pick up a sleeping four year old and a very unhappy nine year old and strap them into the car so I could drive the 30 minutes into Simcoe, Ontario. I had about an hour window to get to the drug store that would be open until midnight in order to get something to relieve my daughter’s fever and hope that we could carry on with the rest of the media trip.

What would you have done if you were in my shoes?

I know that I won’t ever make the mistake of being unprepared again and I feel so guilty about it. Big parenting and expert traveller fail on my part and it’s why I will call it The Great Parenting Fail of Summer 2018.

I’m telling you this story, not to make myself look bad, but for the reason that you’ll think of this next time you are packing for a trip. I hope that you’ll remember provisions for those highly unlikely, but just-in-case moments.

The good news? Z Man didn’t wake up for the entire car ride into town and back and was none the wiser. Miss M’s fever was gone by sun up and we had a nice couple days.

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Epic Hikes With Kids – Barron Canyon Trail, Algonquin Provincial Park

When it comes to epic hikes with kids, the Barron Canyon Trail is the second amazingly epic hike my kids experienced in 2018. Located on the east end of Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario, close to Petawawa, it’s most convenient to access from the Sand Lake Gates.

We took advantage of hiking this trail when we were staying at Bonnechere Provincial Park, approximately one hour away by car.

Epic Hikes With Kids – Barron Canyon Trail

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The parking lot for the trail is only 11km past the Sand Lake Gate. Driving distance from Toronto is roughly 5 hours. The road leading into Algonquin at this point is a dirt road and you kind of wonder if you are going the right way. It’s the only road to the park in the area, so yes you are.

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photo by Brian Tao

The Barron Canyon Trail itself is short, only 1.5 kilometres and is a loop up to the amazing north rim of the Barron Canyon. It’s uphill for the most part here, about 200-300 metres, but not difficult at all. This trail is moderately trafficked and my four year old basically ran up this hill. Once you reach the canyon, it’s fairly level, few ups and downs.

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photo by Brian Tao

The canyon is part of the Canadian Shield and the Barron Canyon began as a fault in the earth’s crust and eroded into it’s present form over millions of years. The result is what we see now, it is a spectacular view and river for canoe enthusiasts.

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One of the first things to note about this trail is that you are visiting an unfenced cliff.

There are no barriers at all. A fall off the ledge would prove to be fatal. Bringing children or anyone for that matter on this hike is a risk, but one that is manageable. I would never advocating leashing your children in any way, shape or form, so they also need to understand the risk of their environment. Z Man, who is 4, was within arms reach of me at all times on the cliff area. Most times, I would not let go of his hand.

So is this safe? Only if you behave in a safe and cautious manner.

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There is a bench there that people can sit on for a rest. I recommend asking your children to sit and wait there when you are taking pictures. Because you will be taking pictures, lots of pictures. I cannot guarantee your kids will stay seated, but it’s an option.

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The view is so worth the drive. So worth the dust on your car. This one hour in nature will improve your mood and health!

From the canyon, you return to the parking lot, downhill through a heavily forested trail. It’s a very easy exit. Don’t forget to sign the guest book on the way out!

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A valid park permit is required to hike on the Barron Canyon Trail. You can obtain one at the Sand Lake Gate office. In 2018, this permit office was open from May 22 to October 8th.

There is no snow removal of the roads in this area in the winter, so please consider this a seasonal activity. 

 

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