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Backpacking With Kids

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Hiking the Berg Lake Trail With Kids

Prior to this past weekend we never thought backpacking with kids was something we would enjoy. It turned out to be a great experience full of teachable moments, youthful enthusiasm, and lots of fun and games.


Backpacking with your kids lets you escape. You can escape the busy campgrounds full of RVs and trailers. You can escape the trap of screens. You can escape the monotony of your regularly planned weekend activities. You can do this all while spending intense quality time with your children.

swimming in kinney lake after backpacking with kids
Father & Son Explore The Kinney Flats After A Solid Day Of Backpacking

Unlike hiking, backpacking with kids requires much more planning, equipment, patience and sense of adventure. You need to carry all of your supplies and then be prepared to set up camp in whatever conditions greet you on the trail. This may sound difficult or daunting, but our experience was anything but difficult.

setting up a tent after backpacking with kids
Setting Up A Tent After Backpacking The Berg Lake Trail

In February we had booked our spots to hike up to Berg Lake in Mount Robson Provincial Park with some friends. They unfortunately had to cancel a few days prior to the hike so we decided to invite our friend and his 6 year old son. Due to time constraints they weren’t able to do the full trail with us, but they did join us for the first 7kms and our first night at the breathtaking Kinney Lake.

backpacking with kids at Kinney Lake on the Berg Lake Trail
Playing In Kinney Lake On The Berg Lake Trail

It took us exactly 2 hours to hike the 7kms to the Kinney Lake campground. We started just before 9am and arrived to the lake at 11am.

Along the way we had some fun on the trail, checked under all the bridges for trolls, and took an easy pace that was dictated by the smallest member of our group. He may not have been able to carry his backpack for most of the hike, but he did give it a try.  To be fair, his 10lb backpack was 25% of his body weight, whereas ours all ranged from 15-20%.

backpacking with kids to Kinney Lake in BC
Hiking To Kinney Lake
father backpacking with kids to Kinney Lake in Mount Robson
Father And Son Hiking

Every activity through the backpacking trip was a learning/teaching experience.  Hiking, carrying your backpack, setting up the tent, cooking meals, playing in the lake – they were all the moments we are sure will leave positive lasting impressions on a young child.

setting up a tent after backpacking
Setting Up A Tent Is A Great Teaching Moment
Cooking a meal after backpacking with kids
Supper/Story Time!
backpacking with kids in the mountains
Enjoying The Amazing View
lake swimming after backpacking with kids
Father And Son Go For A Dip
skipping rocks on a lake in the mountains
Giving Dad A Break And Teaching How To Skip Rocks


There was no cell service and no need for screens.  Instead, we played many games of “gold fish” (Go-Fish), and taught the youngster a new game – Crazy 8s.

backpacking with kids playing cards at night
Spending The Evening Playing Cards

Overall it was a great day.  We started it with a 2 hour hike to a stunning lake, followed that with a few hours of exploring, swimming, and playing at the lake.  We cooked dinner on a camp stove, then played cards as the sun began to set, and finally went to bed to the sounds of water lapping at the shores.

If you plan on going backpacking with kids and want some more information, please feel free to contact us at or check out the links below for more tips and information.


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