Taking Advantage of Edmonton’s Spring Weather

Posted by Jerad Cox on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 2:48pm.

There’s a change in the air as Edmonton moves into spring. As the snow melts and the sun starts to come out, many Edmontonians are spending more and more time outside. There are lots of great things to do in Edmonton come springtime, both out in the city and around the house. We’ll take a look at some of the best ways to transition into warmer weather, and take advantage of improved forecasts.

A good way to get started into spring is spring-cleaning. Getting your house in shape isn’t always the most inviting task, but it’s good to get things in order before the warm weather really gets going. Now that the snow is melting, be sure to clean off front steps and doormats. Use the above-zero weather as a chance to get your windows clean – this makes a big difference to the lighting and feel inside your home. Try to reorganize the inside as well – go through closets and drawers, and figure out what you really need to keep for the year ahead. Plenty of great spring-cleaning tips can be found online, so figure out what will work best for you to get your home looking great!

Edmonton comes alive in the spring, and people venture outside to take part in warm-weather activities. An easy way to spend more time outside is your commute. Those who live close to their schools or workplaces can walk to work without donning heavy coats and boots. If you have the time, mix up your walk by trying different routes – it’s a great way to add a little variety to the workday. Once the streets are cleared of slush and dirt, you can also try cycling to work. Edmonton’s River Valley offers some great multi-use trails, and there are an increasing number of bike lanes on the city streets. See if there’s a viable bike route for you to use!

On the weekends, there’s no shortage of spring fun in Edmonton! Edmonton has the most parkland per capita of any city in Canada, so friends and family can enjoy everything from parties to picnics this spring. Hawrelak Park, Rundle Park, and Terwillegar Park are all good spots for a wide variety of activities. A bit further out of Edmonton is the Devonian Botanic Garden, which comes alive in the spring with flowers and new plants. Be sure to check out the Kurimoto Japanese Garden for something a little different, along with the butterfly house for an experience kids are sure to love.

These are just a few ways to take advantage of warm Edmonton spring weather. Of course, Edmonton can be slow to move out of winter, and sometimes late spring snowfalls can put a damper on the best-laid plans. Nonetheless, there’s always something new going on in Edmonton – don’t be afraid to get out of the house and explore what Edmonton has to offer, even if the weather goes awry!

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