Patricia Ravine to Fort Edmonton Hike

How refreshing it was to get outside after the cruel cold snap of early March.

Ten of us started out from the little shopping centre in Westridge and headed straight into the ravine. After a short walk through neighborhoods, we descended into the river valley. We crossed the river on the Fort Edmonton footbridge, and saw just below us a patch of open water occupied by ducks.

(By the way, have you noticed the geese are back?)

As we neared Fort Edmonton, David caught up to us and made it eleven.

Alfred Savage CentreWe had our lunch at Edmonton’s best-kept-secret rest stop—the Alfred Savage Centre. Always clean and bright and comfortable for hikers.

On our return, we left the river valley by taking those 10200-step stairs that we all love to grumble about. But I’ll bet the climb is no higher than Schnee Hill or Rest and Be Thankful (which is coming up on April 23!).

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2017-03-12 Hike: Patricia Ravine to Fort Edmonton

North Saskatchewan River

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

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