• Poacher's Landing Provincial Recreation Area Trails

    Belvedere NE parking lot

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION Located northeast of Athabasca is the Poacher's Landing Provincial Recreation Area. There's a network of trails and bridges that wind through sandy pine terrain next to the Athabasca River. The trails are multi-use (e.g., ATV, hiking, equestrian) and many are maintained by the Poacher’s Landing Recreation Society. There's a ban on recreational ATV use right now to minimize wildfire risk, so we shouldn't see any. We aim to hike up to 15 km with a stop for lunch. We'll be back in the city for 4:30 pm. TRAVEL We'll will meet at the southeast corner of the large Belvedere LRT station parking lot to the south of the main building off of 129 Ave (Section F). Look for a white Mitsubishi Outlander. Be at the LRT station at 7:30 am. We will be leaving at 7:35 am sharp. For logistical reasons and because this will be my first time hiking out there, the number of people will be limited to 4 and we'll all travel in my vehicle. There is a recommended carpool fee of $10. The trails are 188 km from Edmonton and will take us a little over 2 hours according to Google. I had the opportunity to picnic out at the campground once during a work field trip and the area is absolutely gorgeous. Hiking out there should be an adventure and worth the drive. https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/northeast/poachers-landing-pra/information-facilities/ WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking/weather, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • Elk Island - Hayburger Trail

    Belvedere NE parking lot

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION Elk Island has a number of trails of varied lengths winding through Aspen Parkland. For this hike we'll explore the 11.6 km Hayburger Trail. Trail details: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland/activ/experiences/a/a1 RSVPs open Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 9:00 am. TRAVEL Rain or shine, we will meet in the parking lot on the south side of the Belvedere LRT Station. Look for a White Mitsubishi Outlander in the Southeast (Section F) corner of the parking lot. Be there for 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp. If you would like to meet us at the event, please let me know when you RSVP and meet us at the trail head at 9:45 am. LOCATION Elk Island is approximately 35 km east of Edmonton on Hwy 16. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland/visit/visit1 COST $2 event fee, plus a recommended car pool fee of $5. I have a park pass, so there won't be an extra cost to anyone who travels in my vehicle. An adult day pass is $7.80. If you're in a car of more than 2 people the better way to go is with the Family/Group fee of $15.70 and split the cost between everyone. We will likely have enough people with passes, so we won't need to worry about a lot of extra cost. See fees info here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/tarifs-fees/tarif-fee_E.asp?park=6 WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • Redwater Sand Hills Natural Area

    Belvedere NE parking lot

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION The Redwater Sandhills Natural Area has one of the largest sand dune fields in the region. We will find transverse, parabolic and barchan sand dunes. There are jack pine lichen ecosites on dune crests and diverse wetlands, including black spruce tamarack/sphagnum moss muskeg, shrub fens, and occasional open sloughs ringed by cattails, in dune depressions. This is a multi-use area where hiking and off highway vehicles use is permitted. The off highway vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. We likely may do some off trail hiking so please be prepared to do so. The area is pretty open and easy to do any type of bush wacking. Be prepared for walking in sand. It's a little harder to walk in than the usual trails we hike. We will aim to hike ~12 km with a stop for lunch. We will be back in the city by 3:30 pm. RSVPs open Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 9:00 am. TRAVEL Rain or shine, we will meet in the parking lot on the south side of the Belvedere LRT Station. Look for a White Mitsubishi Outlander in the Southeast (Section F) corner of the parking lot. There will be no meeting us at the event because of the difficulty in describing where we're going to be starting the hike. If you wish to go on your own you may do so, but please meet at Belvedere first and we'll all travel together. Be there for 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp. There is a recommended carpool fee of $8 to be paid to the driver. LOCATION The Redwater Sandhills Natural Area is approximately 1.25 hours north of Edmonton directly east of Redwater near the North Saskatchewan River. WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch, and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • Strathcona Wilderness/Beaver Hills Biodiversity Trails

    Belvedere NE parking lot

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION We'll start from the main parking lot at the Strathcona Wilderness Center and hike over to the far east side of the trails. Then we will cut across to Range Road 211 and walk south to the Beaver Hills Biodiversity Trail. Once we've completed the 2 km loop at the Biodiversity Trail, we'll head back to the Strathcona Wilderness Trails. We will hike ~13 km with a stop for lunch at the cookhouse and be back in the city before 3 pm. Here's the website for Strathcona Wilderness Center: http://www.strathcona.ca/departments/recreation-parks-and-culture/recreation-centres/strathcona-wilderness-centre/about-strathcona-wilderness-centre/ Here's the website for the Beaver Hills Biodiversity Trail: https://www.strathcona.ca/council-county/news/news/2016/9/9/new-interpretive-trail-biodiversity-experience/ RSVPs open Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 9:00 am. TRAVEL Rain or shine, we will meet in the parking lot on the south side of the Belvedere LRT Station and carpool from there. Look for a White Mitsubishi Outlander in the Southeast (Section F) corner of the parking lot. Be there for 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp. There is a recommended carpool fee of $5 to be paid to the driver. If you would like to meet us at the event let me know when you RSVP and be there at 9:30 am. We will start the hike at 9:45 am. LOCATION Strathcona Wilderness Centre is located approximately 30 minutes east of the Belvedere LRT station off the Yellowhead Highway (south) at Range Road 212. There’s a sign on the south side of the highway just before the turn off to Waskahegan Staging Area. WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • JJ Collett Natural Area - Orienteering Event

    Century Park Transit Centre

    CA$15.00

    DESCRIPTION We're going to join the Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club for their JJ Collett forest event. The attendee limit is going to be 3 people at this time. This is due to the fact that we'll be in a group and it's not feasible to have any more than 4 in a group for orienteering. Because of this I request that only serious RSVP's sign up. Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club Event details: http://www.orienteer.ab.ca/morningside19/ The Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club requires a waiver to be signed for attending their events, so please be prepared to read and sign one. The distance we'll be hiking is going to be approximately 10 km. The map distances are as the crow flies. By the time you find the controls (points on the map you are looking for) you've wandered around quite a bit trying to find them. We'll do the 4.1 km intermediate or short advanced course depending on what folks want to do. TRAVEL We will meet at the far Northeast corner of the Century Park LRT station parking lot at 9:30 am and leave at 9:35 am sharp. The free parking stalls are up near the corner of 109th Street and 29th Avenue. The JJ Collett Natural Area is approximately 1 hour south of Edmonton near Morningside, which is approximately 16 km south of Ponoka. Reference: http://www.jjcollett.com/ For logistical reasons I request that no one meets at the event. It's going to be a lot easier if we all just pile into my car and go together. COST Cost for this event is $15 ($2 event fee, $8 car pool and $5 map). Because I am a member of the Edmonton Overlanders club, if I bring 1 person who has never ever orienteered before we both get in for free. So the cost for one lucky person will be $10. WHAT TO BRING Wear appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • JJ Collett Natural Area

    Century Park Transit Centre

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION The JJ Collett Natural Area consists of over 18 km of trails that wind through low lying shrub areas as well as white spruce and aspen. It is a rolling landscape with a variety of plant communities within the Aspen Parkland underlain by ancient sand dunes. We will hike around 10-13 km with a stop for lunch at the gazebo. TRAVEL We will meet at the far Northeast corner of the Century Park LRT station parking lot at 9:30 am and leave at 9:35 am sharp. The free parking stalls are up near the corner of 109th Street and 29th Avenue. The JJ Collett Natural Area is approximately 1 hour south of Edmonton near Morningside, which is 10 km south of Ponoka. Reference: http://www.jjcollett.com/ A recommended carpool fee of $8 paid to the driver. If you choose to meet us at the event, check the link above for directions and be there for 10:00 am. We will start the hike at 10:15 am. WHAT TO BRING Wear appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

    Meadows Transit Centre

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION Miquelon Lake has some great backcountry trails that wind up and down hills around wetlands and through aspen and white spruce forest. We will hike approximately 10-12 km with a stop for lunch either down by the lake or at the lookout. We'll be back in the city before 3 pm. This is a moderate hike with relatively flat trails with a few hills. You must be able to handle a pace of ~5 km/hour. TRAVEL Rain or shine, we will meet at the southeast corner of the Meadows Transit Centre parking lot at 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp. NOTE: The link above does not work well for the transit centre. Use this link: https://www.edmonton.ca/ets/meadows-transit-centre.aspx To minimize our environmental footprint, we will be carpooling. There is a recommended carpool fee of $6 to be paid to the driver. It is preferred that we carpool, but if you want to meet us there be at the overflow parking lot at the backcountry trails starting point for 10:00 am (see maps and directions in the link below). We'll start the hike at 10:15 am. http://www.albertaparks.ca/media/3331955/miquelonlakeparkmap.pdf LOCATION Miquelon Lake is around 63 km southeast of Edmonton off of Highway 21 and takes about an hour. https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/central/miquelon-lake-pp/ WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking/weather conditions, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • Blackfoot Staging Area

    Belvedere NE parking lot

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION Blackfoot Staging Area is one of four staging areas to hike out of in the Cooking Lake Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. We'll hike around 12-15 km with a stop for lunch at a the Faraway shelter and be back in the city before 3:00 pm. TRAVEL We will meet at the southeast corner of the Belvedere LRT Station parking lot. Look for a White Mitsubishi Outlander. Be there for 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp. If you would like to meet us at the Blackfoot Staging Area please be there for 9:45 am. There is a recommended carpool fee of $5. LOCATION Blackfoot Staging Area is located approximately 35 minutes from the Belvedere LRT station off the Yellowhead Highway (south) at Range Road 195. There’s a sign on the south side of the highway just past the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment, and for your own safety.

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  • Elk Island - Shoreline/Lakeview Trails

    Belvedere NE parking lot

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION Elk Island has a number of trails of varied lengths winding through the different habitats found within the park. For this event we'll hike the Shoreline trail first, which is ~ 7 km with a couple of unmapped off the main trail paths to explore. We'll come back to the main Astotin Lake recreation area and find a spot for lunch. After lunch, we'll hike the 3.5 km Lakeview trail. Here's the link to the trails for more information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland/activ/experiences/a TRAVEL We will meet in the parking lot on the south side of the Belvedere LRT Station. Look for a White Mitsubishi Outlander in the Southeast (Section F) corner of the parking lot. Be there for 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp. If you would like to meet us at the event let me know when you RSVP and be at the Visitor Centre at 9:30 am. The Visitor Centre is on the right hand side just after you turn north into the park. We will all travel together up to Astotin Lake. LOCATION Elk Island is approximately 35 km east of Edmonton on Hwy 16. https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland/visit/visit1 COST $2 event fee, plus a recommended car pool fee of $5. I have a park pass, so there won't be an extra cost to anyone who travels in my vehicle. An adult day pass is $7.80. If you're in a car of more than 2 people the better way to go is with the Family/Group fee of $15.70 and split the cost between everyone. We will likely have enough people with passes, so we won't need to worry about a lot of extra cost. See fees info here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/elkisland/visit/tarifs-fees WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

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  • Clifford E. Lee and Bunchberry Meadows

    West Edmonton Mall Overflow Parking Lot

    CA$2.00

    DESCRIPTION Come out and enjoy the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary and the newly created Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area trails west of Edmonton. The plan will be to go to Clifford E. Lee first and then wander over to Bunchberry Meadows. There's a lookout at Bunchberry Meadows that we'll aim to have lunch at. Total hiking distance will be ~12 km. Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary Located 33 km southwest of Edmonton’s city centre, the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary protects 348 acres of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland and pine forest. The varied habitats of the Sanctuary attract a diversity of animals, including more than one hundred bird species, and provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. Reference: http://cliffordelee.com/ Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area is located in the Devon Dunes Environmentally Significant Area. The area has a highly sensitive aquifer under sandy soils. The close proximity of the Bunchberry Meadows Conservation Area to the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary, North Saskatchewan River Valley, and the Devonian Botanical Gardens provides a significant habitat corridor and greater landscape connectivity in the region for wildlife. Reference: https://www.ealt.ca/bunchberry-meadows/ TRAVEL We will meet at the Northwest corner of the West Edmonton Mall overflow parking lot at 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp. You will find the overflow lot on the north side of 90th Avenue between 170th and 178th Streets. Turn north onto 175th Street off of 90th Ave and then turn right into the parking lot. If you are taking transit make sure you have enough time to walk over to the overflow lot. To minimize our environmental footprint, we will be carpooling. There is a recommended carpool fee of $5 to be paid to the driver. If you would like to meet us at the event be at the Clifford E. Lee parking lot at 9:30 am. Directions can be found in the link above. WHAT TO BRING Appropriate clothing for hiking/weather conditions, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.