Twelve hikers came out to hike the Kennedale Ravine and the North Saskatchewan River Valley parks in northeast Edmonton. The day started with a cool breeze, but as soon as we descended into the ravine it was lovely. The weather continued to warm up with bright sunshine throughout the day.
We watched families and bicyclists passing by as we walked through the ravine and Hermitage Park. Everyone was enjoying the colourful fall day.
Lunch was at Rundle Park, in front of a row of large spruce trees. We could see busy tennis courts off to the side.
The high bush cranberries and wild chokecherries along the river were plump and tasty.
On the return, we extended our hike to the north pond. One of our group confirmed with binoculars that the bird we saw standing proud was the heron we had hoped to see.
Total distance hiked was 14 km.
Thanks to everyone for coming out to the hike, and thanks to Michele and Sherry for the photos (which you can see more of on Flickr).