Hike from Whitemud to Hawrelak Park

Fifteen of us descended on Whitemud Park to take in the hike to Hawrelak Park. It was a perfect day to be out in the suddenly warm temperatures and enjoying what should be the final weeks of winter.

We started out by heading west to cross the river on the Quesnel bridge. It was here that we saw the earliest sign of spring—a ribbon of open water on the North Saskatchewan River. Although the weather was mild, the ground still had a good cover of packed snow. That made it very easy for walking except on the very steepest of slopes.North Saskatchewan River

We even spotted a few ravens along the way to the footbridge.

At Hawrelak Park, the Silver Skate Festival was in full swing. We ate our lunch at the main pavilion, and noted the synchronized skating teams rehearsing their moves on the patio.

After lunch, we walked up to the ice castle, then turned back and watched the ice sculpturers busy at their work. This year’s theme appears to be Canada’s 150th birthday. Creations included monuments to the voyageurs and the Last Spike.

Hawrelak Park ice castle

As we made our way back along the south bank of the river, the sky brightened.

In total, we walked 9.5 km.

Thanks to everybody for coming out and making it such a great day.

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2017-02-12: Hike Whitemud to Hawrelak Park

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A BIG THANK YOU to our Casino Volunteers

We couldn’t have done it without you.

The casino was a success. We filled every position over the two days with 24 volunteers. We had fun. And our casino advisors were amazing.

In a few months we’ll have a comfortable balance of funds to continue keeping the trail in good shape and to support our efforts in spreading the word to the public.

And it’s all because of you.

Fort Ethier trail section

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Winter Hike from Blackfoot Staging Area

Blackfoot Staging Area hikersTwenty people from Edmonton, Camrose, and places in between came out for Sunday’s hike. Starting at the Blackfoot Staging Area day use site, Irene led us on a 10km portion of the trails in this vast environmental and recreational treasure.

And as he had promised, Scotty got a fire going for our lunch.

And as usual, there was lots of great conversation and camaraderie.

Since the weather had warmed up these last two weeks, we made good use of our grips on the icy patches. We’re hoping the snow cover hangs on here for a successful Birkebeiner, which will be taking place in this park in just two weeks.Blackfoot Staging Area

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2017-01-29 Hike: Blackfoot Staging Area

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