Another weekend has come and gone and I’m completely exhausted. I headed to Kananaskis for the Alberta Adventure Girls Retreat. Alberta Adventure Girls is a group created to connect like-minded local ladies who want to head out on adventures such as hiking, snowshoeing, axe throwing or anything really! Although the group is always planning activities, this was the first chance I was able to connect with the group.
It all started when I met up with Ange & Brie at a very early hour Saturday morning to head out to the mountains. At the Chester Lake trailhead, we met up with the other ladies and started our 10km snowshoe trek.
Chester Lake is a gorgeous place for snowshoeing. The hike starts with some pretty steep inclines and you feel like the hills might never end, but it’s worth it for the stunning views. Plus the hills on the way up mean the way back is a breeze.
We took our time on this hike. We took lots of breaks to take off layers, catch our breath, take lots of photos and of course snack! We had some delicious Big Chief beef jerky which the company was nice enough to supply to our group and I happily devoured it.
When we reached Chester Lake we had some fun playing around in the snow and soaking in the gorgeous scenery as we waited for the full group to get there.
The whole trip took about 3.5 hours and by the time we got back my legs were done. We then headed to the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis for the official start of the retreat. Despite the snacks we had, we were starving when we arrived at the lodge. So we headed off in search of carbs – beer & pretzels perfectly filled that void!
Then we hit up the hot tub to warm ourselves up before meeting back up with the group for a hot toddy and smores by a bonfire.
We move indoors and had a group dinner at the Fireweed Grill. After all the carbs I had, I decided to have a kale salad with salmon. The salad dressing was way too salty for my liking but the salmon was absolute perfection.
In the evening, we had a pajama party and movie watching night. Although, very few people actually watched the movie. Instead, we drank wine, did jello shots, ate copious amounts of snacks and had a lot of really great girl talk.
Sunday morning we all enjoyed a private yin yoga class together. My legs and hips were feeling pretty tight from the snowshoeing so this class was a welcome relief to those muscles. We followed that up with a delicious brunch at the Fireweed grill.
From there, the group dispersed. Some people went skating, others took out some fat bikes and many of us went hiking to Troll Falls. The hike was an easy 3km hike but the views along the way were stunning and you were treated to a frozen waterfall at the end.
Tired and exhausted, we headed back to Calgary. Overall I had a really great weekend. I enjoy getting out and reminding myself just how beautiful and amazing winter can be. There’s something about being out in the mountain air that makes you feel alive and as I headed home with the mountains in my rearview mirror I reflected on just how lucky I am to live in such a wonderful place and to have met such wonderful people.
Do you enjoy winter sports? What’s the favourite thing you love about where you live?
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