With the consistent warm weather lately, it's only a matter of time before the iconic sheep return to Fort Saskatchewan.

The sheep have been delighting visitors and trimming the grass in parks around the city for the last 30 years.

"The sheep return as part of our Legacy Park Family Festival where we host a sheep returning parade," said Arthur Lewandowski with The City of Fort Saskatchewan.

The definitive date of the sheep's return is on June 3, and the sheep will remain in Fort Saskatchewan until September 4.

Lewandowski added that the sheep come from a shepherd who has been bringing their herd to Fort Saskatchewan for the last three seasons.

"They live out in Wildwood, Alberta over winter before they're ready to come back to Fort Saskatchewan."

The sheep are most often seen at the Fort Heritage Precinct, where they graze the surrounding grass throughout the summer. Lewandowski said that the sheep are used to help with turf maintenance and also act as a bit of a tourist attraction. 

"The best approach is to ask the shepherds first and they'll let you know the dos and don'ts when it comes to interacting with the sheep," said Lewandowski.

"Everyone is welcome. Finnsheep are one of the friendlier breeds of sheep, so we certainly invite everyone to come and learn more about them."