Hike Tkipok Trail in Arcadia

The Tkipok Trail is located behind Arcadia School.

The one-kilometre trail – weaves through wooded sections and boardwalks along the marsh – has new and improved fitness stations installed so people using the trail can incorporate other forms of exercise into their walk or run.

A major component of the trail revitalization has been to introduce the historical and cultural aspect of the Mi’Kmaq people.

 

How many different colours have you seen?

 

 

There are chances to see many animals, birds and insects along the trail. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, dragonflies and many varieties of birds. For any curious child (or child at heart), this can be a great adventure!

 

 

Informational signs are all along the trail.

 

There are interpretative signs placed along the trail. These signs include science, wilderness, cultural and historical information that will also include translations into the Mi’Kmaq language.

The Tkipok Trail is like an outdoor classroom for all ages! It’s a short hike with so much to offer so if you don’t have much time, it’s ideal. Try it today and let us know what your favourite part is!

Where to Walk or Hike this Weekend?

Ellenwood Park of course! This weekend features a Family Campfire hosted by the Friends of Ellenwood Park. 

SUNDAY, OCT. 15th, 2-4 pm 
Join the Friends of Ellenwood Park for a family friendly Campfire and Marshmallow Roast. Come and experience a classic Canadian outdoor tradition. Park at the entrance gate and take a leisurely 15 minute walk along the main road down to the lake. Look for the children’s playground and you will see  the ski cabin, the fire pit is just beyond.  Newcomers to the area are most welcome! Marshmallows (halal) and toasting sticks will be provided. Bring a story to share and be sure to bring the kids! **This event is weather dependent and will be cancelled if it’s too windy or wet.

Teen girls at a campfire

Ellenwood Park has an outdoor campfire area that you can use all year round!

Bring the whole family and have an “I-spy” style scavenger hunt on the way in. Ask your children to name ten things they see that are red (or whatever colour you choose). This gives everyone a chance to have success plus you can keep moving along without trying to figure out one specific object. You can play this game any time your family is out for a walk in the neighborhood, hiking in the woods or even walking around an office building or mall while waiting for appointments.

Hike Ellenwood Park!

Picture of crowd assembled before the hike

Over 120 people came out to Ellenwood Park Saturday to hike with their family!

Thank you to all who came out to our Family Hike at Ellenwood Park on October 7th! If you missed it, you can still get out and enjoy this trail year round. Ellenwood Park is closed for the camping season but that doesn’t mean you cannot walk in and enjoy the fall colours.

 

 

Looking for a great place to walk/hike/bike with the kids? While Ellenwood Park is officially closed for the season, everyone is still welcome to use the park. The Friends of Ellenwood Park operate programs throughout the fall and winter and when there is snow, open a ski cabin for everyone to enjoy!

There is so much to do along the trail! Did you know that the more your child spends time in nature, the better they will do in school? Research has shown many benefits to healthy child development as a result of nature-based play.

  • Heading out on the Trail
    Heading out on the Trail
    The Leon Williams Memorial Trail can be accessed near the end parking lot closest to the guarded beach.
  • Hiking is for everyone!
    Hiking is for everyone!
    Hike through a traditional "Acadian Forest" of spruce, fir, pine,maple, birch, and hemlock. The 1.5 km trail is accessible to all ages. There are a few wet spots so wear appropriate footwear and strollers should be for trail use.
  • Was this the squirrel buffet table?
    Was this the squirrel buffet table?
    You will see squirrels playing and chirping, birds singing, woodpeckers knocking and if you are very stealthy, you might glimpse a deer, grouse or groundhog.
  • What do you hear?
    What do you hear?
    Wear a sleep mask or just close your eyes and listen. How many sounds in nature can you name? The longer you do this the more you will hear! Have a contest to see how many you get to!
  • Touchy-Feely Scavenger Hunt
    Touchy-Feely Scavenger Hunt
    Label an ice cube tray or egg carton compartments with words like soft, prickly, furry, sticky, etc. Try to find matching items and fill your tray.
  • Explore and Question!
    Explore and Question!
    Take time to stop and look closely at nature. A fallen log provides a whole world of exploration. Bring small mirrors to look underneath and in small spaces and magnifying glasses to get even closer.

Hiking with Kids – an age by age guide.

Hiking as a family is a great way to connect to your children at any age. Time spent in nature is good for the body, mind and spirit and brings people together in a very special way. 

Always remember: kids aren’t as resilient as adults, they’ll enjoy their time a lot more if they are kept warm, dry, hydrated, and full.

  • Use proper footwear (already broken in), bring extra socks just in case
  • Dress in layers, they can always be removed
  • Bring trail friendly snacks; trail mix, crackers, granola bars, etc..
  • Bring lots of water! (If you are coming out to our guided hikes, please bring a refillable water bottle and we will being extra water!)
Family on a hike on country road

Hiking with a toddler? Definitely!

REI Co-op has put together a fabulous guide for hiking with your children at all ages and stages.