The Waskahegan Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has turned our world upside down in so many ways. Between isolation and physical distancing, we’re all making adjustments. And this includes hiking.

Waskahegan Trail is Closed for Now

Please stay off the Waskahegan Trail until further notice. This puts us in line with the restrictions set out by Alberta Environment and Parks with respect to accessing public lands and recreation areas. Furthermore, staying off of landowners’ property at this time is an act of respect toward the people who are so generous to us in normal times. The last thing we hikers want is to add to their stress and violate their trust.

Until the trail opens again, please stay close to where you are. If you need a little cheer-up, why not relive old times by following us on Instagram? Our handle is @waskahegantrail. Each day we post a picture from our archive of 12,000 photos.

Memberships

As consolation for the trail closure, we have extended everyone’s membership by a year. And until further notice, any newcomers who decide to join now will get a membership extended up to February 2022. Visit the Membership page to join.

Waskahegan Trail Association business

We didn’t hold our Annual General Meeting, but we did produce the reports. You can read what we did in hiking, trail maintenance, permissions, and more right here.

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 anitapiebiak@gmail.com.

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.