As we head into winter, you might naturally hole up inside with your family and go through the usual day-to-day routine. Sure, we all want our creature comforts, but it's always a great idea to head outdoors with loved ones and get back in touch with nature — no matter the time of year.\nNature plays an essential role in our lives and wellbeing. It's important to remember not only how accessible it is but also how much joy it brings us. As we get older, we're sometimes required to take a step back in our busy lives to reconnect with it.\nA fantastic way to rediscover the great outdoors in Alberta is by hiking the Grotto Creek Canyon Trail. Located in Kananaskis Country, this 7.1-kilometre trail is accessible all year. Roughly a 10-minute drive from Canmore, Grotto Canyon is an excellent family-friendly hike with unbelievable views throughout.\nluvella_acielo | Instagram\nFrom the Grotto Mountain day-use parking lot, walk the trail for about one kilometre to get to the creek bed, which twists and turns for another kilometre. The limestone walls get steeper as you come to a fork in the creek bed.\nYou'll find a beautiful waterfall if you head right, which is about halfway. This is a treat, as the waterfall looks majestic when it freezes each winter.\nInsider's tip: look carefully on the left, just before the falls at eye level, and you just might see Hopi pictographs, which were painted about 500-1,000 years ago!\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Brady Marsden (@adventureswithlilzan) on Mar 15, 2020 at 2:48pm PDT\nBut you haven't reached the end, and this unique hike offers more that your family will love. Keep going, and you'll encounter an Inukshuk Garden and a cave.\nGrotto Canyon Trail is good for all skill levels, beginners included, which makes this a wonderful hike for all ages. Even dogs are welcome if kept on a leash (after all, they're family members, too!)\nView this post on Instagram This girl. Wore her grumpy face until I did cross eyes at her and she was all giggles. I’m worried she will expect me to carry her on every hike for the rest of her life. She might give Lucy a run for her money as the laziest hiker. A post shared by Laura Dunford (@dunfordgirls) on Feb 1, 2020 at 4:04pm PST\nOnce it gets nice and chilly outside, you can bring snowshoes or even toboggans for the little ones to have a blast.\nBesides letting you reconnect with nature, create special memories with loved ones, and get some exercise and fresh air, Grotto Canyon gives you opportunities galore for some family photo updates.\nView this post on Instagram In my natural habitat 🌲🌱💗 A post shared by 𝕸𝖊𝖆𝖌𝖍𝖆𝖓 𝖏𝖚𝖘𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖊 (@subiee_gurl) on Mar 30, 2020 at 11:18am PDT\nSafety and fine print:\nThis trail is a good challenge and safe for most children, but please do be sure to check safety conditions and your comfort and fitness level before embarking out with your family.\nWhile you don't need a permit for the time being, this trail can get busy. Due to COVID, Alberta Parks does have some rules and regulations in place for health and safety, which you can check out here.\nDuring the winter you may need snowshoes or crampons since the trail can get icy and slippery.\nOf course, you and the fam will need fuel for the hike. A tasty way to get some energy is with Nature Valley granola bars. Made with natural, wholesome ingredients, these convenient snacks are the perfect go-to for all of your outdoor adventures.\nView this post on Instagram Balancing act 🤷♂️ A post shared by b e n j i ↟ (@benji.i) on Mar 5, 2020 at 9:34am PST\nGrotto Canyon Trail\nPrice: Free\nAddress: Bighorn No. 8, Canmore, AB\nWhy You Need To Go: To enjoy stunning winter scenery and be amazed by a magical frozen waterfall.\nGet your family back to the #JoyofNature with Nature Valley, through their website or by following them on Facebook and Instagram.\nBefore you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.