baby & toddler beach gear essentials

Baby and Toddler Beach Gear Essentials

Taking your baby or toddler on a trip to the beach?  Check out this selection of fun baby beach gear !

1. Birkenstock Rio Toddler Sandals (come in 10 colors ! )  $59.95
2. Baby Banz Retro Sunglasses (also in white and pink)  $19.95
3. Coleman Sand and Sun Beach Tent  $40.95
4. Babyganics Moisturizing Spray Sunscreen for Baby SP50 $12.95
5. NoZone Baby and Toddler Sun Suit (comes in 10 color combinations) $38.75
6. Stohlquist Infant / Baby Life Jacket (up to 30 lbs)  $48.95
7. Baby Spring Floatation Device with Sun Canopy $50.95
8. iPlay Solid Baby or Toddler Sun Hat ( 0-18 months, 24 colors) $10.95
9. Mesh Beach Tote for Sand Toys $10.00
10. Melissa and Doug Seaside Baking Sand Toy Kit $12.95


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It may just have been our best ski day as a family ever. We were visiting Kicking Horse Resort in Golden B.C., as part of a series on skiing the Powder Highway with Kids. So far our road trip adventure had taken us to Revelstoke, through Rogers Pass and the majestic Selkirk Mountain range, to the Northern Lights Wolf Centre, and now, to a resort spoken about in almost mythical proportions by my expert skier friends (those with various metal screws in their joints)….Kicking Horse Mountain.

While my husband was all about exploring Kicking Horse’s infamous powder bowls and chutes, those were neither here nor there for me (a blue square skier). What interested me was the fact that in recent years the resort had become much more family-friendly, with increased beginner and intermediate terrain and the addition of family-friendly amenities and facilities. What once looked like a trip that would be entirely geared for my double black skiing husband, now looked like something our whole family could enjoy, or any family, for that matter, that was traveling with a baby, toddler or young child.

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On our family road trips, I try to make sure I build into our itinerary some time to stretch our legs. While doing research for our recent Canada Powder Highway ski trip, I discovered an interesting diversion between Revelstoke and Kicking Horse ski resorts, just outside of Golden, B.C.  It’s called the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre and the goal of the facility is to promote wolf (and bear) conservation throughout the natural environment.

“Wolves? Where?”  It was exactly what was needed to pry my kids away from their digital devices for a few minutes and get them out in the fresh mountain air.

Wolf Refuge British Columbia

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Over the next year, our family plans to visit all the ski mountains that make up Canada’s Powder Highway in British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies. Our first stop? Revelstoke !

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Revelstoke is the one ski town on our Powder Highway itinerary that I had actually visited before. Several years ago, my husband had enticed me to leave the West Coast, with the promise of a brand new hotel (The Sutton Place) at the base of a shiny new gondola. What I didn’t count on was how much I would fall in love with Revelstoke itself. On a clear day the views of the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges are simply stunning, and the historic railway town is really very lovely. Revelstoke was a very easy place for us to return to for the start our series on traveling (and skiing) the Powder Highway with kids.

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Kicking Horse with Kids

Over the next year, my husband and I have decided to take the kids on several skiing road trips through the Kootenay Rockies, following the B.C. Powder Highway. “What is the Powder Highway?”, you might be thinking. I may have wondered the same thing had I not been inundated by articles about “the most vertical in North America’, and “knee deep powder”, courtesy of my husband, as he attempted to convince me that we could make this a family-friendly endeavor. The Powder Highway refers to a loop in the Kootenay Rockies, populated by numerous alpine ski resorts, lodges and snow sport operators (think also backcountry, cat and heli skiing). The area is famous for annual snowfalls of 30-50 feet and dry, cold temperatures, making it a Mecca for powder hounds.

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