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Ministik Berg (A89A to A88+)

June 20 @ 9:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 status and will gradually restart our hikes, with some obvious protocol changes listed at the bottom. So we’ll see if we can’t restart hiking ASAP.

The hike is through the Ministik Bird Sanctuary and a bit beyond, much of which is the ‘Ball Berg’ section recently donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by the Ball family. This is of course a good chance to see birds, including waterfowl, as well as beaver. A small camera with a zoom lens or lightweight binoculars would be handy. The pictures from September 13th, 2020.

We’ll meet from the trail head on “A89A”Range Road 210 (1 km of Hwy 14) at 9:45 a.m.. The hike will leave from ‘A89A’ at 10:00 where we will go past several small lakes towards & the ‘Berg Stopover’ to where we leave the trail at Township Road 510 (‘A88’) where we’ll do a short walk down the road to the UofA entrance (also ‘A88’) & go on to Williams Lake for lunch.

Note: we may not have a chance to do our regular trail maintenance, but it should be OK as we did a great job clearing the trail in the fall, the landowners have been through to clear the deadfall and with the trail now being part of the NCC it gets more use.

If you are new to WTA hikes, then you should visit the Guided Hikes webpage for essential information. For further information specific to this hike, refer to The Waskahegan Trail Guide Book, pages 76-77, or contact the Hike Leader, JoAnne B. & Lee S. via e-mail (joanneandlee@yahoo.com) or phone (780-487-0645).

Initial protocol changes due to COVID-19:

  • using public trails, in/near the city (not the WTA Trail as virtually all of the trail is on private land and we do not want to impact the landowners);
  • meeting at the trailhead, no car pooling (so the start time reflects driving to the trailhead from the city rather than a 9am meeting point at Century Park or Belvedere Park & Ride);
  • the hike leader will fill out all forms (e.g., signup sheet) & please use the online waver (to minimize what we all touch);
  • Government of Alberta – Guidance on outdoor activities – “Stage 2 reopening, starts June 10” with Outdoor social gatherings for up to 20 people with distancing;
  • recommending wearing a face mask (Government of Alberta – Guidance for wearing non-medical face masks);
  • only attend if you are feeling well & comfortable being with the group.

Details

Date:
June 20
Time:
9:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Event Category:

Organizer

JoAnne B. & Lee S.
Phone:
780-487-0645
Email:
joanneandlee@yahoo.com

Venue

Meet at Trailhead (no car pooling)