Walking on a fine winter’s day…

Finally, finally, FINALLY, we’ve had a stretch of nice weather. Really, truly nice. Like, the snow is melting and spring has sprung in Edmonton! (Here’s hoping old man Winter doesn’t make a sudden reappearance any time soon!) As luck would have it, the first really warm day was a Saturday, so my little Princes & I bundled up and went for a walk, to enjoy the snow one last time this year. Our destination: the Fort Edmonton Footbridge!

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I love visiting the new Footbridge! In my opinion, it’s a wonderful addition to our river valley system, and a beautiful piece of engineering as well. I loaded the boys into our double jogging stroller and off we went down the big hill that leads from Wolf Willow down to the bridge itself. We spent lots of time up on the bridge itself, climbing around the seating areas and throwing snowballs down onto the river. We talked a bit about ice safety too, how river ice isn’t ever safe to walk on in the same way that lake or pond ice CAN be safe to walk on. A little patch of open water caught Finn’s attention, mostly as a target for snowballs.

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Then afterwards, we VEEEEEERY slowly made our way down the trails towards Fort Edmonton itself, with lots of stops to pick up sticks, check out fallen trees, and just generally climb around on the snowbanks and enjoy ourselves. It’s probably a 20-minute walk tops if you’re walking a normal pace, so of course we took over 2 hours to make the whole trip, but it was definitely worth it. We met lots of people along the way, lots of dogs too, spent some time whistling and calling to the birds we could hear, and of course had a couple stops for snacks along the way too.

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I can’t wait to bring the boys back here once spring has fully come on and things are starting to green up!

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