Whitemud Creek and beavers

The hike began with some confusion as there was absolutely no parking at our starting point, Snow Valley. A big ski swap sale was happening and it was very well attended, with people waiting in long lines to get in. We moved our start over to Whitemud Park and headed south into the Whitemud Ravine and Whitemud Nature Reserve.

Whitemud Creek

Led by Oscar, we took frequent stops and admired the scenery from various scenic viewpoints. We studied the creek from the many bridge crossings. We appreciated the silence and feeling of being out in the country even though we were in the heart of the ravine.Whitemud Creek


You can just make out the beaver on the left

It was on one of these stops that a hiker spotted a large beaver tucked up on the opposite bank lunching on a branch, or more likely the bark on the branch.

At another stop, we spotted a beaver swimming upstream around a small bend.

We saw both red and grey squirrels and were scolded by some. It appears there are bird lovers that frequent the Ravine and leave birdseed for the birds. The many chickadees we saw were the beneficiaries of their kindness.

Thanks to Oscar for a lovely hike.


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Season Ends for Trail Maintenance

tm-bldg-oct-2Thank you to all the volunteers that have made this years’ maintenance so successful, to the people donating wood, shingles and equipment and to the landowners for their help and generosity allowing our trail!

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Hike Change this weekend

So now it’s even more wintry than last weekend. This Sunday we’ll be hiking from Snow Valley to John Janzen Nature Centre and back.

whitemud-chickadee This is a Snow Valley Chickadee (not a Gwynne-area Chickadee).


Hopefully we’ll get to hike Gwynne and the Chickadee Trail (our original plan) early next summer.

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