Landowner Rights & Trail User Responsibilities

The Waskahegan Trail is a unique resource that exists only because of the generosity of landowners. Before you set foot on the trail:

  1. Know the landowner rights and the trail user responsibilities.
  2. Check the trail conditions

Swans arrive at Ministik

Sixteen hikers came out to hike the Ministik Bird Sanctuary to Horseshoe Lake. The weather was cool in the morning, warming in the afternoon. It stayed overcast the whole day, which made the hike very comfortable.

When we got to Knull Lake, we saw a pair of trumpeter swans on the water. The birds floated nonchalantly while we all hovered on the shore to get a good close-up.

Farther down on Horseshoe Lake, we saw another pair of swans. And then at one point, we saw three swans, two in the water and one in the air.

The first harbingers of spring were the early blue violets and a large Admiral butterfly.

Early blue violets among the strawberries
Admiral butterly

On the return, we took the path through the muskeg area, stepping lightly while admiring the thick mosses.

Thanks to Helen for scouting and leading the hike and to the University of Alberta for their stewardship of the bird sanctuary. You can see all the photos on Flickr.

Where we’re going next.

Spring arrives at East Battle River

Eighteen hikers came out on the last Sunday of April for our annual hike to the top of Rest and Be Thankful Hill.

The first stop was the old channel in an area where the Battle River used to flow.

The river has moved south of this spot, but the beavers haven’t moved. These channels on the slope and the small channel in the riverbed that still has water was carved out and is maintained by the beavers.

We found Prairie Crocus along with wild onions, cactus, and a Comma butterfly.

The amazing find of the day was these muskrat skull parts.

Two of the hikers took “Rest and Be Thankful” to heart and packed in camping chairs. We took turns trying them out at the top of the hill.

Thanks to Mary for scouting and leading the hike and to the landowners for their generous continuing support. You can see all the photos on Flickr.

Where we’re going next.