The Best Boots to Survive a Canadian Winter and Surprise Spring 60's

The weatherman had quite the challenging week predicting last weeks meteorological events out here in Kananaskis, with warm sunny days that greened the grass and blue bird skies interspersed with crisp grey snow days that covered all of the fresh shoots in a new white blanket. And I'm not talking snow days of the little flurry variety that fall ever so gently, melt and disappear into the earth as they touch the warmer soil, but big old King Winter 50cm plus overnight and a couple of other 'go-back-inside-and-put-the-sorels-on' mornings.

One Day it looks like this....

KANANASKIS RIVER, AWESOME SPOT FOR KAYAKING IF THAT'S YOUR THING!

KANANASKIS RIVER, AWESOME SPOT FOR KAYAKING IF THAT'S YOUR THING!

And the very next, like this...

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKIN'... THROUGH FORESTS AND DEEP SNOW.

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKIN'... THROUGH FORESTS AND DEEP SNOW.

After the inspiring warmth of the day before, I admit I may have gotten a little prematurely excited, throwing on a semi-summery outfit for work and waltzing out my door, only to be greeted by snow all the way up to my doorstep. Determined not to let it snow on my [weather-inappropriate] parade, I cleared the snow off my car only to wind up grumpily admitting defeat and stomping back inside trailing enough snow from my boots to have made a snowman. Poor Benji, mornings aren't always my time to shine!

The next day, my trusty Joan of Arctic Sorel's went straight on and I avoided round two of the wet sock fiasco (much to Ben's delight). These little lovelies have done me so well for the past few winters and are essential Canadian snow day footwear, gripping icy side walks like velcro. Rated to -32 degrees celsius, and waterproof all the way to the top, snow, slush and damn cold weather pose no problem. These were one of the first expensive items I bought when I first moved to Canada and not wanting to have to buy multiple footwear for winter days, I took my time looking for a pair that would last, stand up to the deep snow that we get out here in the Rockies and didn't look completely hideous whether adventuring or wandering about town. I think they still fit the bill!

no fear of wobbly rocks down at mount lorette ponds, kananaskis

no fear of wobbly rocks down at mount lorette ponds, kananaskis

It's such a beautiful time to be out exploring in Kananaskis right now. The bears have been out looking for sweet new grass around the golf course, which is scheduled to re-open in 2018 after the 2013 floods, and I saw quite the array of birds down at Mount Lorette Ponds including a Bald Eagle this morning! Pop the bear spray in your pocket and don't be afraid to take the roads less travelled out here in K Country, spring really is it's time to shine. 

Some cool spots from this weeks adventures:

A BALD EAGLE HEADS OVER MOUNT LORETTE PONDS

A BALD EAGLE HEADS OVER MOUNT LORETTE PONDS

CUTEST RED FENCE TO NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR. CHINIKI LAKE ROAD, KANANASKIS. FINIDING LITTLE FEATURES LIKE THIS MAKE MY DAY!

CUTEST RED FENCE TO NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR. CHINIKI LAKE ROAD, KANANASKIS. FINIDING LITTLE FEATURES LIKE THIS MAKE MY DAY!

TAKING A MOMENT BY KANANASKIS RIVER IN THE MORNING LIGHT WITH A FRESH DUSTING OF SNOW

TAKING A MOMENT BY KANANASKIS RIVER IN THE MORNING LIGHT WITH A FRESH DUSTING OF SNOW

Over to You!
Do you have an epic item that you can't get through a season without?! Have you stumbled across some cool, almost hidden features on your travels? x