Outdoor Adventures

Outdoors Insider: road-trip edition

Caroline Bighorn Stampede
Caroline Bighorn Stampede

Caroline Bighorn Stampede / Fri, May 15 – Sun, May 17 /carolinebighornstampede.webs.com
Enjoy May long seekend with a rodeo, parade and a pancake breakfast. Even better than that? Camping is free with admission. (Caroline, AB)

Bikinis and Boardshorts / Sun, May 17  / skibanff.com/events
Swap your winter wear for a bathing suit and get on the slopes. The seventh-annual Bikinis and Boardshorts ski and ride for the fight against cancer has men and women of all ages donning their best beach wear on the Strawberry Face run at Sunshine Village. Other activities include a dual slalom, beach volleyball, a raffle, BBQ and live music. All you have to do is raise a minimum of $50 (or $120 for a team of three) to enjoy this one. (Sunshine Village)

Devon Days / Wed, May 20 – Sun, May 24 / devondays.ca
Experience the best of everything that Devon has to offer: Taste of Devon, a parade, fashion show, slow pitch, kids’ activities, live entertainment, a silent auction, beerfest and fireworks. And don’t forget the Outhouse Races on Main Street—you wouldn’t want to miss that, would you? (Various venues)


Slush Cup / Mon, May 18 / skibig3.com
A truly unique spring event sees skiers and riders showing up to Sunshine Village in original costumes on the last day of the season. While wearing these crazy creations, participants try to jump over the infamous ice-cold pond. Challenge accepted. (Sunshine Village)

Run for Pie / Sun, May 24 / runforpieedmonton.wordpress.com
Has there ever been a better incentive than pie? Head to Kinsmen Park to support the Stollery Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program and you’ll get a slice once you cross the finish line. Registration is $30, with options of a five-kilometre walk, five-kilometre run or 10km run. For $10, there’s also a one-kilometre kids’ fun run. (Kinsmen Park)

Trails Fest / Sat, May 30 / kananaskis.org
This inaugural event celebrates Kananaskis trails, people and culture. Watch presentations and chat with tons of outdoor enthusiasts from clubs such as the Alberta Equestrian Foundation, Alberta Wilderness Association, Rocky Mountain Ramblers Association and many more. Eat a free barbeque lunch before embarking on guided adventures like hiking, biking and bird watching. These activities are free, but donations are appreciated. (Canmore Nordic Centre)

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