Bunchberry Meadows Hike

The weather for the Bunchberry Meadows hike was pleasantly warm for early February. Nine people came out to this unique property, which is just north of Devon.

The trail conditions were very good. The 8 kms or so of pathways we hiked in the Bunchberry Meadows and Tucker’s Field were well packed, owing to the heavy traffic the day before.


A highlight of the day was hand-feeding the fearless chickadees. We were grateful to Stella for bringing birdseed and sharing it with us. It was an amazing moment, especially for those who had never experienced the ability to get this close to nature.

Forest of larches at Bunchberry Meadows

The terrain was virtually flat, which made the pace of the hike relaxed and comfortable. It didn’t even tax those of us who aren’t getting out as much as we’d like.

Thanks to Lee for help with scouting, suggesting route alternates, and clearing the picnic tables. You can find all the photos on Flickr.

Where we’re hiking next.

Devon Trails Hike

Sixteen people came out to hike the trails at Devon. We started at the parking lot between the golf course and the Lions’ Campground. The town has added a lot of new parking here, as the area is extremely popular with cross-country skiers.

Our hike started west along the North Saskatchewan River. At the end of the campground we turned south into the ravine. It’s deep and narrow, but due to its north-south orientation we were in good sunlight most of the way through.

Ravine Trail, Devon Alberta
Devon Ravine Trail

We climbed out of the ravine and walked on the Pileated Woodpecker Trail to the road. Years ago, we did see a pileated woodpecker here. It was right next to us on the trail.

From there we walked through town up to the Dale Fisher Arena and had our lunch in the sunlit space.

The final part of the hike was on the wooded slopes above the North Saskatchewan River, ending at the golf course.

Thanks to John for scouting and leading the hike and to the Town and people of Devon who keep the trails in their great shape. You can find more photos on Flickr.

Where we’re going next.