Patricia Heights Ravine to Alfred Savage Centre

After the heavy snowfall, it was a pleasure to be outside again.

The snow provided just enough cover to bury the ice in most places.

We stopped for lunch in the Alfred Savage Centre, where every seat is in front of a sunny window.

We love how Edmontonians display their creativity and thoughtfulness.

 
This trail is famous for the stairs that take you out of the river valley.

You’ll find more photos on Flickr.

Midwinter Whitemud Creek

Although the days are short and cold in Alberta’s midwinter, the clear skies and fresh snow can offer up brilliant daytime scenery to invigorate the senses.

Our hike in Whitemud Creek between Snow Valley and John Janzen Nature Centre gave us just that.

Whitemud Creek

snow fence Whitemud CreekA thick layer of snow had fallen just two days before, burying once and for all the ice that we had been struggling on for weeks.

The crisp temperature kept the snow white and firm, making it the perfect backdrop to display long sharp shadows, a feature of our northerly location.

On the path, we ran into a person who pointed us to a pair of owls nesting in a hollow in the tree above us. That’s right!—a nest of eggs in January. Just above our heads.

Birdhouse Whitemud Creek
Birdhouse on the ground?

Whitemud Creek

Total hike including the loop around Fort Edmonton was 11 km. You can see more pictures on Flickr.
Whitemud Creek bridge

Kennedale Ravine to Rundle Park

It was the first hike of the year that we didn’t have to cancel due to cold weather. The warm spell was ending, but as the temperature plummeted hour by hour, the clouds cleared away and we were compensated with full sun.

The 12 of us hiked the total 15 km.

Half our journey was in the Kennedale Ravine, which has a pleasantly wide path with 10 bridges crossing a good-size creek.

 

 

 

 

Before leaving Hermitage Park, we walked under the train trestle, which was built in 1908.

The trail continued in to Rundle Park but we turned at the pedestrian bridge to go into the Strathcona Science Park for lunch at the Sunridge Ski Chalet.Before we left the bridge, we looked down below at the river’s edge where there is a interesting jam of  fallen trees. With their weathered grey trunks, these trees look like they’ve been there for years.

In all, it was a refreshing and invigorating day spent with great company.