Devon Trails Ravine Hike

Undeterred by the previous day’s snow, eight hardy souls headed out to the Lions Campground at the North Saskatchewan River in Devon.

The trail through the ravine is now called “Pileated Woodpecker Trail”, and it doesn’t disappoint. Locals who we met on the path mentioned that they often see Great Horned Owls here too.

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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.

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Laurier Park to Hawrelak Park and the Silver Skate Festival

Cold and windy but clear and sunny!

Eight hikers braved the weather for a great hike from Whitemud Park to Hawrelak Park.  Crossing the Quesnell Bridge, we wondered if we should have stayed home!

Fortunately, once on the trail out of the wind, we slowly warmed up.  The sun felt great on our faces.

Crossing the river again to Hawrelak Park we were reminded how windy and cold it really was. The main pavilion—our lunch spot—was a welcomed site.

The Silver Skate Festival at the Park featured beautiful snow sculptures, the ice castle and sleigh rides.  We slowly made our way along the river back to Whitemud Park.  The sun and great conversation kept us warm.
Thanks to everyone who came out.

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