Landowner Rights & Trail User Responsibilities

The Waskahegan Trail is a unique resource that exists only because of the generosity of landowners. Before you set foot on the trail, know the landowner rights and the trail user responsibilities.

Sunday Evening Stroll Down Candy Cane Lane

Every Christmas, the residents on 148th Street have been voluntarily decorating their yards and houses in a riot of lights, props, and sculpture for enjoyment by citizens and visitors to Edmonton. This spectacle, dubbed Candy Cane Lane, has just completed its 51st year. Back in the ‘70s, people used to get in their cars and drive slowly down the long street. Now we’re more likely to get out and walk, or ride on a decorated horse-drawn wagon. Each year, the displays have gotten more detailed, more whimsical, and more beautiful, so that you really want to keep pausing to take it all in.

A visit to Candy Cane Lane after dark is one of the great old Christmas traditions in Edmonton. And that’s why the Waskahegan Trail Association has made the Candy Cane Lane stroll one of our traditional winter “hikes”.

Thanks to Lee for “scouting” the logistics and leading the seven of us on a magical evening. And a great big THANK YOU to the people who live on 148 St. for their unwavering hard work, creativity, and dedication in continuing this much-loved tradition.

You can find more photos on Flickr.

Snow Valley to John Janzen Nature Centre

Ten people came out to hike the Snow Valley Trail in Edmonton’s White Ravine. The day started out rather cold and overcast. As we walked by the Snow Valley ski hill, we noticed that Edmonton has a lot of hardy skiers.

A highlight was seeing again the trio of lush spruce trees decorated for Christmas. This seems to be an annual tradition. A big thank-you to whoever is responsible.

After a short stop at the Alfred Savage Centre, the hike continued for a loop around the Fort Edmonton Park and back to Alfred Savage for lunch.

Gradually the skies cleared and the day warmed up. What a treat it was to have the sun on our faces when the days are so short.

Thanks to John for leading the hike. You can see more photos on Flickr.

Capilano Park to Dawson Park: Art and Geology

Fifteen people came out to hike the Edmonton river trail sections east of downtown. From the Capilano Park parking lot, we crossed the North Saskatchewan River on the footbridge going north. The trail followed the river until it turned in to Kinnaird Ravine.

Soon we came to one of Edmonton’s largest outdoor art installations, the Kinnaird Ravine murals. Established in 2015, many of the murals have just been refreshed. Our Flickr album for this hike has a small selection of the more than 60 works.

Returning to the river valley, we walked past the hoodoos. This is a fine example of some of the interesting terrain described in the book Edmonton Beneath Our Feet, published by the Edmonton Geological Society. The book is out of print, but you can still buy it from the University of Alberta Bookstore.

After lunch, the sun broke out. We crossed the Dawson Bridge and took the trail along the south bank back to Capilano Park. Coffee afterwards was at Anvil Coffee House, a friendly shop with a cool industrial/vintage vibe.

Thanks to Helen for leading the hike. You can find more photos on Flickr.