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April 01, 2019

Spring is near

What to do with the changing of the season

Brandi Holmes

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We all have our own signs and traditions that come with the changing of the seasons, but one that I am sure we call all share around spring time is finally being able to put away all those heavy winter clothes, jackets and mitts until the next winter season.

The warmer weather brings with it melting, lots and lots of melting — which doesn’t always mean clean streets and cars, but it is a step in the right direction after suffering the deep freeze.
Spring also brings a sense of a new beginning, especially with all the plants, trees and grass starting to peak through. As the ‘spring ahead’ time change has come and gone, days are getting longer, brighter and most importantly warmer, so now what do we do with all this great daylight?
Since most of us suffered from cabin fever this winter it is time to get out and enjoy our surroundings!
Calgary is lucky to be located in such a landscape that we can enjoy year-round activities without too much hassle and this time of the year is the best to enjoy both winter and spring activities.
The ski hills are still up and running without much need to completely bundle up any more. Nakiska Ski Area is certainly the closest mountain to the city and at the time of print the snow depth was still 127 centimetres. Next up would be Sunshine Village and Lake Louis Ski Resort, which also still have all their lifts open and a good base of snow.
While you are already in the mountains, you might as well check out some outdoor hot springs in Radium, or go for a hike on the many, many trails in Banff National Park.
Banff and Canmore are also great spots for day trips. It is always fun to be a tourist in these smaller historical towns that offer great local shopping opportunities in the best of the best of locations.
There are also tons of great activities that start popping up all over the place in the city once the weather starts to warm up. Outdoor markets, biking, walking or running groups, and patios all get up and going seemingly overnight. Recreation centres are also starting to release their plans for activities, day camps, and classes shortly, so make sure to check out your local or favorite centre. If you don’t have one in mind, check out the new YMCA in Seton in the S.E. — one of the biggest in Canada at http://www.ymcacalgary.org
Heritage Park and Calaway Park are also both gearing up to open for the season, as opening day is May 18 for both destinations. Season passes are available and certainly worth it if you have a family full of high energy kids.
The changing of the seasons is always a great time to start something new and what better time than spring! With the snow slowly disappearing, the sun shining, birds chirping and trees turning green it would be foolish not to get outside and enjoy everything that Calgary and the great Rocky Mountains have to offer. I mean that’s why we live in Calgary right?

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