Despite the wet weather forecast for the Victoria Day long weekend, it seems many Calgarians are determined to get out of the city for the unofficial start of summer.

Traffic has been heavy on the Trans-Canada Highway as people head west for the mountains on Friday with their bikes, ATVs and boats in tow.

Camper Stephanie Jobidon said she has been itching to be in the great outdoors. 

"I've been on mat leave all winter so I've been stuck at home. I've had crazy cabin fever, so I really can't wait, I was up at 5:30 this morning."

Daryl Michelin said he hopes the rain won't dampen his family's fun. 

"I think most Albertans are expectant that the May long weekend will bring some nastier weather. It certainly doesn't come as a great surprise,” he said.

Environment Canada issued special weather statements for several parts of southwestern Alberta, predicting heavy rainfall over the holiday weekend.

The areas covered include:

  • Banff National Park​.
  • Airdrie, Cochrane, Old and Sundre.
  • Kananaskis, Canmore.​
  • Nordegg.
  • Jasper National Park.
  • Rocky Mountain House and Caroline.