It is officially spring and while in the mountains that means a mixture of snow and sun, I am personally starting to think about longer outdoor excursions sans skis or snowshoes. While the snow recedes and starts to melt, I am finding myself interested in learning more about the local geology I am surrounded by. Learn alongside me with this month’s Sarah’s Picks.

Reading the Rocks: A biography of Ancient Alberta $9.95
For those of us living, working, and playing in the Bow Valley, geology shapes our everyday life. This month, the Stories of Canmore Book Club will investigate the geological story of Alberta and how we can find connections between the ancient past and the present day. Reading the Rocks: A Biography of Ancient Alberta offers a dramatic and vividly detailed chronicle of the province’s geological history in an accessible format.

Scenic Geology of Alberta $27.95
April is the perfect time for day trips in the province since the weather is growing warmer but tourists are not yet out in full force. This book by local Dale Leckie includes great ideas for road trips in Alberta and provides you with information about the geology you will see along the way.

Nuptse and Lhotse Go To the Rockies $12
April 2 is International Children’s Book Day. Celebrate with this fun picture book by local Canmore author Jocey Asnong. Not only is this book written by a local, it is set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Red Ammonite Fossil $12.50
Celebrate the announcement of Alberta’s new provincial gemstone, Ammolite, by purchasing your very own ammonite fossil. Ammolite is a rock made of the fossilized shell of the ancient sea creature ammonite that has been polished to a shine. These affordable red ammonite fossils contain some of the characteristic shine of ammolite while maintaining the shape of the original creature.

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