Happy New Year to all our blog readers!
Here in Edmonton we’ve been enjoying relatively mild weather that is making it easier for some people to get outside and enjoy nature during our winter months. Our river valley and parks system is full of people walking, running, cross country skiing, snowshoe-ing, skating, biking, huddling around campfires, taking photos and generally having a good time.
With so much fun going on, make sure you don’t miss out! While some people shy away from spending time outdoors during winter, others know that it is an opportunity to see a different side of nature in our city. Here are a few tips to get you going if you’re wary of the cold:
- Dress in layers: By wearing several layers you can adapt to the temperature. Too cold? Put on a toque. Too warm? Unzip your jacket or take off your middle layer.
- Cover your skin and extremities: Pay special attention to covering your ears and face, especially when it’s windy!
- Get a grip: Wear sturdy boots or shoes with good grips to prevent slipping. You can even buy grips with little spikes that go on over your regular shoes for even better traction.
Don’t forget, even if you don’t get outside for big adventures, nature is truly everywhere. Spend some time observing the trees in your neighbourhood (even through the window!) and you may catch a glimpse of a squirrel or one of many species of birds that call Edmonton home during the winter.
Your turn: How do you enjoy nature during the winter season? Let us know in the comments section below!