Even though I still have to wear my winter jacket to walk the dog in the morning, there are signs that spring (and then summer!) is on the way. Our grass has started to green up, there are more than just a few sad crocuses on the hills and the rhubarb has leaves. All the nice weather today made me want to be outside and got me thinking about all sorts of fun things to do this summer – I love planning! There is still too much snow for me to think about actually being in the mountains but it’s far enough along that I can start looking in my guidebooks for suggestions. If you’ve also been bitten by the summer outdoor adventure planning bug, here are a few of my suggestions for outdoor adventures to fill the summer months.
Head to Horseshoe Canyon in early May when there is still snow in the mountains for some walking where it is warm. We’ve also camped at Dinosaur Provincial Park on the May Long Weekend.
Grassi Lakes might be snow free and offers a short hike just outside of Canmore that is great with the dog.
And Prairie Mountain is a quick summit that lets you check out the amount of snow on Moose Mountain before you attempt it.
Try Lake Minnewanka in early June for a nice dog walk.
It still counts as summer! Early in the month head to BC for coastal hiking on the West Coast Trail.
My goals for the year include canoeing, car camping and three new hiking trails but hopefully that leaves me some time to visit a few of these favourites too! Happy planning!