Be an Alberta GO! Get Outdoors Champion!
The Government of Alberta is committed to the mental, physical and environmental benefits of outdoor recreation and encourages Albertans to get outdoors through the designation of the Alberta Get Outdoors Weekend. This year that weekend was from April 10th to 13th. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the benefits of being outdoors all year round. So are you waiting for? GO and Get Outdoors!
GO! Get Outdoors All Year Round
Alberta Get Outdoors (GO!) Weekend launches the second weekend of April to encourage Albertans to be active all year round. No rules, no fuss. It’s just about getting outdoors and having fun regardless of the weather.
This April a number of community partners and ambassadors celebrated GO! Weekend!
- On April 10, 2014 Calvin McCarty, Jonathan Crompton and Ryan King of the Edmonton Eskimos will played flag football at Austin O'Brien High School in Edmonton
- On April 11, 2014, Jon Cornish lead seniors on a guided walk at the Bethany Care Centre in Calgary
- On April 11, 2014 Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders played tag/touch football game at Bishop Carroll in Calgary
- There were five free GPS enabled scavenger hunts across the province on April 13, 2014
- There was a UWALK walking challenge that hundreds of Albertans joined
- There were great community events including Urban Polling and Nature Walks
Check out the following ideas on how you can GO! Get Outdoors all year round? Or, click here to see what is going on in your community!
- Walk your dog (or borrow your neighbours)
- Visit a playground
- Go geocaching! http://www.geocaching.com/
- Ride your bike, rollerblade or go skateboarding
- Play tag!
- Go birdwatching!
- Grab some friends and play a game: Soccer, Frisbee, football, street hockey, whatever you like!
- Explore your backyard and get in the spring spirit by taking out all your lawn furniture.
- Go hiking!
- Visit a local nature centre or connect with a local nature Club
- Move your gym routine outdoors
- Go puddle jumping!
- Visit one of Alberta's 480 Provincial Parks and Recreational Areas.
Check them out by visiting: http://tpr.alberta.ca/parks/
- Join a cycling group! Outdoor cycling with group members or friends can get your muscles toned up and your heart rate going.
- Gather your lawn and garden tools, pick up a seed catalogue, and start planning your garden and yard work for spring and summer.
- Book a camping spot at a local or provincial campground; or, visit local or regional parks for some outdoor games or activities \Plan to visit the Rocky Mountains for day hikes or overnight trips. Go with friends, or join a hiking group.
- Do a maintenance and safety check on your outdoor gear, so it's safe for you and your family during the spring and summer.
Participation in outdoor recreation is good for us mentally and physically. Whatever the weather, just being outside in the fresh air can be really energizing and mentally refreshing. If you're out under blues skies and a warm sun, all the better!
As Albertans, we are lucky to have so many outdoor recreation options and locations available to us. For starters, keep it simple by planning low cost activities that don't require a lot of equipment; that way, more people can join the fun! For instance, why not plan a long walk or hike at an easy level, so children and adults can all participate.
Whatever you choose to do, have some great times with friends, neighbours and relatives on Get Outdoors Weekend!
To see events happening in all year round your click here!
View the Associate Minister of Wellness inviting YOU to GO! Get Outdoors!