It only comes around once every 4 years so we might as well take advantage of it.
This year is a leap year which means we get an extra day at the end of February – that’s right February has 29 days this year. It’s always nice to get to spend extra time with your family and friends, so let’s take this gift that we only receive once every 4 years and turn it into something special, and extra Family Day.
As a tried and tested winter pastime, tobogganing is a sure fire win with all the little ones in your family. There are some local favourite hills to head to with that GT Snowracer or crazy carpet but use this extra day in February as an excuse to get out and explore some new favourite locations.
Take a look at the Great Tobogganing Map and find those hidden spots you’ve been missing out all these years. Who knows, you might just find that perfect shoot to launch your toboggan and get some serious air.
Do you have a tobogganing hill that’s not on the list? Add it through Google Maps and share with others!
Hot Chocolate and Coffee
There’s not much else that goes better with tobogganing than hot chocolate and the Tri-Region has plenty of spots to find that perfect hot cup of cocoa.
After you’ve had your fill of flying down a snow covered hill on a piece of plastic and lugging that thing back up just to do it all over again – it’s time to grab some hot chocolate and warm up again! Perks Coffee House has a great atmosphere to enjoy your hot chocolate. Parents, there’s plenty of java as well to sip on (as evident by the awesome picture at the top).
Invite an old friend out that you haven’t had a chance to catch up with in quite some time. Coffee is the great conversation starter and an awesome way to reconnect.
Catch Up with an Old Friend
It’s not often we get an extra day in the year – so why not spend some of that with an old friend you haven’t seen in awhile. Enjoy a nice stroll through the Spruce Grove Art Gallery located in the Melcor Cultural Centre or maybe catch up with the old friend on a nice walk along one of the many walking paths Stony Plain has in their community. There’s over 25 KM of maintain trails to choose from so tie up those walking shoes, call your old friend, and prepare for some great conversation.
Explore the Great Outdoors
There is no shortage of great outdoors to explore in the Tri-Region, no shortage at all. There’s always something to do at the Chickakoo Lake Recreation area. Take on a new pastime and try your hand at birdwatching. The Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary is the perfect place to break out those old binoculars and catch a peek at a couple of those birds you always hear chirping. There are plenty of trails to hop on and spend all day watching those funny little birds. Parkland County is a great source for the great outdoors. The area itself, which is less than an hour outside of Edmonton, is home to a handful of provincial parks and day use areas.
Whatever the case may be, taking the kids out for a tobogganing run, grabbing some hot chocolate or a coffee with your kids or a pal, catching up with an old friend and taking in some culture at the art gallery, or exploring the vast outdoors the Tri-Region has to offer, take advantage of that extra day in February – it’ll only come around again in 4 more years.