Forecast the weather with this new tool

Would you like to be better at forecasting the weather for your hiking, picnics, and other outdoor pursuits? So would we!

That’s why we added a new web page called “Forecasting the Weather”. It’s based on Waskahegan member Terry Elrod’s useful and easy-to-use article of the key weather data sites and how to use them. And by weather, we’re talking temperatures, precipitation, air quality—and for the Edmonton region—mosquitos.

Terry’s article has been available on the website for a year, but now the information has a permanent web page. The page includes links to weather data sites that detail current conditions and trends in the vicinity of the Waskahegan Trail. There are also links and commentary on long-range forecasts, five-day forecasts, and real time weather information.

Even Alberta’s weather phone numbers are clickable. That means you can download the web page to your smartphone and call the weather number for Camrose with a single tap—even when you have no internet!

There are two places where can you find the link to this web page from the Home page. Look in the right sidebar under “Resources” or on the navigation submenu under “Hiking”. Or you can always go the search box at the top and type “forecasting the weather”.

Join us at Goldeye Centre, Nordegg this fall

Credit: Goldeye Conference Centre

Join us September 26–29 for the Members-Only Beyond Event at Goldeye Centre in Nordegg, Alberta

Goldeye Centre is a secluded education and retreat facility located inside the first range of the Rocky Mountains in the towering pines above Goldeye Lake.

Are you not a member of the Waskahegan Trail Association? You can join or renew your membership here.

Accommodations and Cost

We have reserved rooms in the lodge:

  • Bedrooms have a queen bed, a single bed, and a private bathroom. All bedding and towels are provided.
  • The common sitting room has a fireplace, couches, and chairs. The kitchenette is equipped with fridge, sink, coffee maker, tea kettle and all supplies.
  • The large deck is furnished with chairs overlooking the lake.

Cost is $400.00 per person (double occupancy) and includes 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 suppers, lodging and all taxes.

Single occupancy is $600.00.

Reserve your place by July 15

Spaces are limited. To reserve, you can use the registration form below, or print and email this form, or contact Anita Piebiak (780-929-2707) or

To confirm your registration, please send a cheque for the full amount ($400 double occupancy, $600 single occupancy) no later July 15, 2019.

Make your post-dated cheque payable to “Anita Piebiak” and send to

  • Anita Piebiak
    5006 – 63 St
    Beaumont, AB
    T4X 1V4

There will be no refunds after July 15, 2019.

Itinerary and logistics

Costs for carpool passengers will be determined once we have the final number of hikers. The carpool meeting point is to be determined. If you wish to drive (on your own or as a carpool driver), please indicate on the form.

Bring a bagged lunch for the first day and any snacks or extra beverages you might enjoy.

Bottled water will be provided.


2019 Annual General Meeting

Last night we held our AGM at Central Lions Recreation Centre in Edmonton. We reported on the activities of the previous year, and elected the board of directors for the new year. You can read the reports here

The board members are JoAnne Burek (President), Sandra Jenzen (Treasurer), Johanna Fischer (Secretary), Cindy Van Volkenburg (Membership Secretary), Ellen Homola (Trail Maintenance Coordinator), Anita Piebiak (Beyond Events), Lee Stickles (Webmaster and Hike Coordinator), and Directors at Large Jerry Shaw, Terry Elrod, Sherry Kunkel, and Carissa Wasyliw.

Oscar Zawalsky talked about the Skyline Trail hikes that take place in the summer and Anita announced plans for the Beyond Event in the Nordegg Area this September. Order of the Laces, the award for most hikes attended, was won by David Mutch and Lee Stickles at 31 hikes each.

Coyote Project

If you see one of these cameras in the Edmonton area, wave hi! to the students who collect these images.

The guest speakers were Deanna Steckler and Cassie Stevenson, Masters students of Colleen St. Clair, speaking on “Adaptation, coexistence and conflict in urban coyotes”. It was a jaw-dropping presentation that dispelled some myths and gave us new insights into the health and behaviours of the coyotes that live in the city and surrounding populated areas.

Some of the take-aways:

  1. Appreciate the coyotes who are here—we need to coexist. Besides, they are a great help in keeping the rodent population down.
  2. If coyotes are coming into your yard, check that your fencing is adequate, and that you’re not attracting them with food such as exposed compost and fruit fallen on the ground. Check that the space under your deck isn’t an attractive shelter.
  3. There is strong evidence that healthy coyotes stay in the natural areas and survive on mice and voles. The coyotes that wander the neighborhoods and eat compost and fallen fruit are highly likely to be sick with mange (caused by a parasite) and tapeworms.
  4. If a coyote does come into your area, try to scare it away by waving and yelling. Don’t let it become used to people.
  5. If you spot a coyote, the Edmonton Urban Coyote Project would like to know about it. Visit to report your sighting. An undergrad student gathers these notices and adds them to the research.

Thanks to Deanna and Cassie for sharing the latest research findings and their ongoing activities in such an engaging way. We’d also like to thank Colleen St. Clair, PhD, for introducing us to these two enthusiastic speakers.