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Sally Perkins

Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.

Taking a Hike Could Be a Date To Remember

Thursday July 06 , 2017

An outdoor hike could be just the ticket to creating a memorable date, be it the first or fiftieth time the two of you have gone out. Not only does exploring nature trails often prompt unexpected conversations and create unique memories, but hiking increases your heart rate and produces the same endorphins that accompany loving feelings.

Take advantage of the natural splendor Edmonton has to offer with these tips for planning the perfect hiking date.

    

 

Where to Hike

With Canada’s largest urban park winding through Edmonton, there’s no shortage of scenic trails to pick for your romantic romp. But in order to maximise your time on the hike, rather than en route to it, it’s better to pick an area near Old Strathcona. With bucolic trails that meander along the North Saskatchewan River Valley, Mill Creek Ravine also offers panoramic views of the city. Nearby Nellie McClung Park puts you even closer to the city center while still maintaining an al fresco charm.

 

How to Prepare

You can’t enjoy a hiking date wearing your best club ensemble, but you can still look sharp without being impractical. Stick to layers and waterproof boots to keep from sweating or shivering at an inopportune moment. Sunscreen is a must, as are shades and a hat, which are not just a chance to show your personal style but will protect you from getting burned. And whatever you do, don’t forget water. A good thermos is a required companion no matter the outside temp since it will keep your beverage cool or hot. Hint: Your date will appreciate it if you keep their hydration in mind, too.

Since this is still a date, be sure to pack along a picnic. Whatever your style — PB&J sandwiches, bread and cheese, or a complete charcuterie tray—just don’t forget something to sit on! A yoga mat is a perfect alternative to a blanket since it can roll up nicely in your backpack. 
 

 

Start Planning

Now that you’ve got some idea of what a hiking date could look like for you, it’s time to start planning your adventure. Just remember to prepare ahead of time so you can instead focus on making fireworks happen during your jaunt.