It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.
–N. P. Willis (1807-67)
Not only is June the first month of summer, something we can always get behind after cold Canadian winters (...and springs), but it’s also National Camping Month, National Adopt-a-Cat Month, National Rose Month, and host to National Garden Week! As a multifaceted destination that’s home to a campground, seasonal garden centre, beautiful trails for warm weather hikes, and last, but not least, our beloved rescue cats, Aspen Crossing is beyond excited for the opportunity this month brings!
National Camping Month
Getting into the great outdoors is the best way to spend National Camping Month, so we’re offering 15% off our weekday campsites! Please note that all of our weekend slots have been reserved until the end of August. Furthermore, we’re happy to inform everyone that Aspen Crossing has passed inspection from the Alberta Health Services (AHS) and is in full with all rules and guidelines - we have six-foot social distance walking sticks available to ensure our patrons may enjoy our grounds and hospitality safely. Camping can actually provide you and your family with a way to isolate yourselves from others and aid in virus spread prevention without the stress of having to stay cooped up inside for days. We have incredible 24-hour Camp Hosts to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and we also offer food and supply delivery from our store and tavern directly to your campsite. 2020 will be the summer of the stay-cation - come stay with us! Make your campsite reservation here, and be sure to keep your eye out on our social media for camping tips, recipes, activities, and other sales throughout the month.
Here at Aspen Crossing, cats are near and dear to our hearts, especially our two rescues, Skipper and Captain. They may be independent but that makes them great low-maintenance pets, and their feline antics never fail to make us smile. Domesticated almost 10,000 years ago, cats are one of the world’s most popular animal companions, and let’s be honest - what’s cuter than when a cat purrs while you pet it?
If you’ve ever wanted a cat, now is the time! There are so many furry friends still looking for forever homes, and luckily, Alberta has three Humane Society locations. The one in Calgary is processing adoption by appointment, you can find out more information here; Edmonton’s adoptions are currently paused due to the pandemic but they have a form if you want to adopt in the future - click here; the Central Alberta location in Red Deer is still working adoptions, check out the available animals here. Remember - adopt, don't shop!
National Rose Month & National Garden Week
National Rose Month in Wild Rose Country is definitely a cause to celebrate! Alongside our sister store, Calgary Plants, we have curated a gorgeous seasonal greenhouse and garden centre here at Aspen Crossing that has an impressive collection of rose varieties and all the supplies you need to grow them. Our garden centre is filled with new and native varieties of prairie plants and our knowledgeable staff can guide you through picking which plants are perfect for your yard. With expertise in all things green, you will not only love what you bring home, but you’ll also know the story behind the plants to share with others. Stay tuned to our social media to see what’s in store for National Garden Week - starting June 7th! Did you know that garden centres actually played a large role in settling the West? You can check out the history behind the creation of Aspen Crossing and the cool connection between gardens and trains here.
June COVID-19 Update & Resources
Today, June 1st, marks the re-opening of campgrounds at half capacity, excluding national parks. Campgrounds in Alberta's national parks will remain closed until at least June 21. Jess Sinclair, press secretary for the minister of Environment and Parks, urges users to pack out what they pack in and limit stays in one spot to 14 days. The most recent update states our South Zone has 42 active cases, with 1,184 recovered.
As always, our Aspen Crossing family is wishing for the health and safety of everybody, and we truly encourage everyone to continue supporting each other - it’s been so great to see our community demonstrate kindness, love, and solidarity during these difficult and trying times.
For anyone who may be struggling or know someone who is, please consider the following resources provided by the provincial government:
The province operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and addiction helpline at 1-866-332-2322, available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Online resources are available for advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.
There is a 24-hour family violence information line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in more than 170 languages, and Alberta's One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy June from Aspen Crossing! Have a great month and we hope to see you soon!