Laurier Park to Hawrelak Park and the Silver Skate Festival

Cold and windy but clear and sunny!

Eight hikers braved the weather for a great hike from Whitemud Park to Hawrelak Park.  Crossing the Quesnell Bridge, we wondered if we should have stayed home!

Fortunately, once on the trail out of the wind, we slowly warmed up.  The sun felt great on our faces.

Crossing the river again to Hawrelak Park we were reminded how windy and cold it really was. The main pavilion—our lunch spot—was a welcomed site.


The Silver Skate Festival at the Park featured beautiful snow sculptures, the ice castle and sleigh rides.  We slowly made our way along the river back to Whitemud Park.  The sun and great conversation kept us warm.
Thanks to everyone who came out.

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Hike: Wanisan Lake to Meadow Shelter


On October 29, thirteen brave souls came out on a cold blustery day for a hike on well maintained trails covered with fallen leaves.We hiked about 7 km on a number of Blackfoot Recreation Area trails. Then we stopped for a well deserved break for lunch at Meadows Shelter.

After warming up, we continued on the Waskahegan Trail along Wanisan Lake.

The maintenance crew did a great job of repairing and replacing boardwalks. However, the beavers have been very active this fall.

…This boardwalk was almost surrounded by a beaver den.
Great opportunity to see a den up close.

North Hastings Lake and Allen Nature Trail Hike

Beautiful blue sky, warm summer breezes and mosquitoes welcomed us at the trail head.

Blue skies of North Hastings Lake

Twelve hikers set out on the Canada Day weekend hike to North Hastings Lake and the Allen Nature Trail. We hiked through trees, over fields and detoured around sloughs.

After hiking the Allen Nature Trail, we stopped at the historic St. Margarets Church for lunch.

Bird's nest with four tiny blue eggsA short walk to North Hastings Lake to watch pelicans, ducks, and American Avocets. On the return we stopped to view a small nest with 4 tiny blue egg that the maintenance team had flagged for us. Bluebird?…Goldfinch?

Jerry showed us many different flowers including poisonous water hemlock, smooth aster and long leaved chickweed.

 

 

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Hikers at St. Margaret's Church