Mill Creek Ravine: Nature with Poetry

It was a beautiful fall day for our hike of the southeast portion of Mill Creek Ravine. Fourteen people came out to the hike.

The hike started on the north side of the ravine. We soon stumbled upon the Meadows Poetry Pathway “Love Letters to the World” (www.themeadowscommunity.ca).  We took our time here, entertained by the poems engraved on the sidewalk. Here are some of them.

Following the bank on the north side of the ravine to west of 34 street, we entered the ravine and descended down along the creek. We followed the creek to 50 street and over to Jackie Parker park where we had lunch.

We returned along the southern trails through Millcreek Ravine, taking a few side trips to explore interesting small winding trails.

Have you ever been in one of Edmonton’s ravines, with the many exits out to the neighbourhoods, and wondered what exit goes with what neighbourhood?

We discovered that the many bridges we crossed back and forth over the creek were all identified with a small numbered metal plaque. If you kept a list of these numbers with a map, it might help you identify the neighbourhoods that the exits between bridges lead to. As we all know, the ravines in Edmonton are long and deep with many entrances and exits—knowing where you are can be quite confusing.

We saw one downy woodpecker and a lot of magpies. Almost all the trees are bare; the fallen leaves have lost their colours—fading into dull browns, but still crunchy to walk on.

You can find more pictures on Flickr.

Kopp Lake Hike


Nine people came out to Kopp Lake to hike the oldest section in the Waskahegan Trail system.

The weather was perfect. At the beginning, it was still quite wet from yesterday’s rain; we needed to watch those slippery roots on the path, but by the time we got to our lunch stop we could sit comfortably in the dry grass. Lots of raspberries along the way.

We did not see the bear that is apparently in the area, but that was probably its scat along the path.

It was great to have one of our guests identify some of the bird calls, especially the elusive Sora (Porzana carolina). There are obviously quite a few along this lake shore.

Thanks to Ilona for the notes and photos. You can view more photos on Flickr.

West Battle Hike to Schnee Hill via A58

Seven hikers enjoyed a hike that began on the heights overlooking the Gwynne Valley above Pipestone Creek, led down to the banks of the Battle River and then up again, to the heights overlooking the Battle River.

Battle River Valley

early blue violets
Early Blue Violets

We were accompanied by blue skies and a fairly constant wind that kept mosquitoes and other small flying creatures at bay. We passed spring flowers in bloom, including buffalo beans, crocus, and violets.

We were lucky to see an eagle circling overhead. One of the hikers recalled that eagles were spotted in the same area last year.

On the way back, the crashing of undergrowth alerted us to spot the back of a deer disappearing into the woods.

A thank you to the maintenance crew that prepared the trail last Wednesday and to the landowners who graciously allow us to walk on and share in the beauty of their land.

Photos by Irene Malcolm. You can view them all on Flickr.

Waskahegan Hikers