Free Family Friendly Fun in the Fraser Valley: Houston Trail, Fort Langley
Hiking is the perfect family friendly activity to do with your family. It is great for family bonding, plus it's a free, healthy activity that you can do almost any time of year here in the Fraser Valley. In this area, there is an abundance of great hikes. So much so that it can be difficult to know where to start, especially when you have kids to consider. We are on the hunt for Fraser Valley hikes to do with kids who are still in strollers, as well as kids who can run, jump and play, but are still developing their hiking chops.
*Are you new to hiking with kids, or want some ideas on how to make the experience more fun? Check out our blog post on hiking with kids for some advice, fun tips, another great family friendly Fraser Valley hike, and more. Don't forget to download a copy of our free hiking game while you're there!
Ok, let's get to it. Here is our review of The Houston Trail:
The Houston Trail, in Derby Reach Regional Park, is a 3.3Km loop that has two entry points, one off of Allard Crescent, and one off of McKinnen Crescent. Both entries have nice sized parking lots, porta-potties, garbage bins, recycling bins, and boards with information about the hike. You can start your hike at either entry point, but only the parking lot off of Allard Crescent (across from the Fort-to-Fort trail) has picnic tables and a water fountain.
Since the Houston Trail is a loop you can choose which direction you want to walk (neither is wrong, but one way is easier). If you want a bit less uphill, and more downhill, then take the path on your right (no matter what entry you are starting from), and if you are feeling up for more of a challenge then take the path to your left.
Here's a quick snap shot of what the hike is all about (but keep reading because we go into a lot more detail):
Here is what we love about this hike:
What's not to love?
Whose this hike for?
Yay or Nay?
Yay! We absolutely adore The Houston Trail, and recommend it whole heartedly.
We love that this hike is short and sweet, and actually gives you a legit nature experience without having to go far off the beaten path. Sometimes we will pack a picnic and eat under the Gazebo or at a picnic table, but we also love to do our hike then head into Fort Langley for an ice-cream or a happy hour. It makes for a really balanced adventure, and we've found the promise of a treat is great motivation to get those little feet moving when they start to drag!
Fort Langley Happy Hour information with our family friendly checklist: Mangia e Scappa, Saba Cafe, Blacksmith Bakery, Rail and River, Fort Pub, Fortitude, The Trading Post Eatery, & Beatnik's Bistro.
*Dog lovers: If you are taking your pup on this hike, then definitely hit up Saba Cafe's happy hour afterwards because they welcome dogs onto their beautiful patio.
We have always loved hiking, and want to share that experience with our kids by doing hikes that are fun for the whole family. We hope that our hiking reviews give you ideas of some great places to go, and help your family know what to expect on your next adventure!
What do you think of the Houston Trail? Is it worth the trip? Have an idea for a hike that you'd like us to review next? Let us know in the comments below.
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