Traditional Snowshoeing with Kids

By Auntie Shelley

We love spending time walking in the forest and in the winter there's no better way to do so than on snowshoes.  Thanks to some generous grandparents, our entire family is now outfitted with snowshoes.

We use a combination of traditional and more modern snowshoes depending on where we are going and the age/size of our kids.

In this video Josh and Luke show off their traditional snowshoes and Josh explains a bit about some of our traditional gear.  Josh is wearing a pair of Huron/Algonquin snowshoes and Luke is wearing a pair of Bearpaw snowshoes.  Both use lamp wick bindings that we ordered from Lure of the North.  You'll see in the video why these have quickly become our preferred bindings.

For Christmas we made each of the kids a pair of winter moccasins and a pair of traditional leather mitts with wool liners (more to come on that adventure).  We used these patterns from Lure of the North.  Because I was making sets for 5 kids, and already had some of the supplies on hand, I sourced out my own materials, but you can get everything you need in a kit here from Lure of the North.  

We have had a chance to test our gear out in some pretty cold weather (i.e. -30 C) and I was surprised at how warm the moccasins and mitts actually are.  They have quickly made their way to the top of our winter trekking must-have gear list!

Make Your Own Tubular Bandana

by Cousin Eva (Age 7)

One of my favourite pieces of gear is The Buff.  The Buff is a round tube of cloth that you can wear on your head as a hat or around your neck as a cowl.  It keeps your ears warm and it can keep them from getting mosquito bites. 

Cousin Eva wearing her Buff while camping in the backcountry.

It comes in different colours like blue, black, red, pink, yellow, orange, and patterns too.

After I found out about the Buff, I decided to try to sew one.  I bought some fabric that was soft and stretchy.  Then I washed the fabric to get it ready.  I cut out a rectangle and I folded it in half.  Then I sewed a seam down the side.  I tied off the threads so the seam would not come undone.  I pulled the seam flat and then I was done.  It was so easy that I decided to make some for my brothers and cousins too.

Cousin Eva cutting out her tubular bandana.

Cousin Eva sewing together her bandana on a serger.

Here is the tubular bandana!

Cousin Eva wearing the tubular bandana she made.


*A note from Eva’s mom:

The rectangle that Eva cut out was 19 inches by 19 inches, with the stretch running across the width of the fabric.  We used our serger, but if you don’t have one you can make this using a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.