Goldbar and Tiger Goldstick Park Hike

It was one of our finer days of mid-autumn. Thirteen people came out to hike the trails at the Goldbar and Tiger Goldstick Parks on the east side of Edmonton.

We did the cross country ski loop in the morning and then did a loop over to Rundle Park, then west along Ada Blvd and then back on the 50 Street Bridge to Gold Bar Park.

Under a deep blue October sky, the sun lit up a landscape of golden grasses, leaf-covered paths, unshaded woods, and rust-coloured footbridges.

Here’s a spot to sit and browse a book from a little lending library.

Thanks to everyone who came out and to Michele for the photos. You can see all the photos on our Flickr album.

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.