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  • Writer's pictureMyrna Driedger

Enjoy your summer staycation

Published in Canstar Metro and Headliner

COVID-19 has turned our plans upside down. It’s uprooted our lives and for some, has caused a great amount of stress.

Summer is a time that many of us look forward to. The weather is unparalleled, the natural beauty around us is breathtaking, and the outdoor adventures are right at our doorstep. So, while some of us might have had to cancel our summer vacations, let’s focus on the many summer staycation activities all around us!

Within the constituency of Roblin are many amazing walking trails and parks. The Harte Trail in Charleswood and the Grand Trunk Trail in Headingley are great biking and walking paths. Be sure to keep an eye out for the wildlife!

Near the constituency of Roblin is Beaudry Provincial Park. While gatherings will continue to be limited for some time, there are picnic tables and areas to barbecue where you can meet up with a small group of friends. An off-leash dog park is a great opportunity for your furry friend to burn off some energy. Beaudry Park has a long walking trail that will show off the Assiniboine river scenery.

FortWhyte Alive is another nearby outdoor area brimming with natural beauty. The walking and cycling trails are open. Grab a take-out bite from the Buffalo Stone Café and explore the trails.

You’ll be sure to find wildlife along the way from birds and deer to bison. Assiniboine Park has so much to offer. Bring your bike and enjoy the trails. A picnic with other members of your household is a great way to ensure you’re still physically distancing while also enjoying our beautiful summer weather.

The Zoo has reopened with precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are encouraged to purchase their passes beforehand online, bring their own wagons and strollers, and to please stay away if they are unwell. For anyone looking to experience the Zoo from the comfort of their home, check out Creature Features on the Assiniboine Park Zoo Facebook page.

This summer will surely be different from past summers. We must all remember that there will come a time when we can travel, gather in large groups, and feel a sense of normalcy again.

How soon we get to that point depends on our actions right now. Do not gather in large groups, wash your hands often, disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and stay home when you’re sick.

Enjoy your summer staycations!


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