What we're about

A unique trail

Come on a hike where you won’t find bikes, joggers, or kiosks. Just fresh air…birdsong…and natural beauty.

The Waskahegan Trail is 300 km long, passing close to Edmonton, Wetaskiwin, Camrose and Fort Saskatchewan. Most of the trail is on private land thanks to the uncompensated generosity of more than 100 rural landowners.

Each week we hike a new 10 km segment that has been cleared by Waskahegan volunteers. Besides the rare treat of experiencing country that you couldn't get to any other way…you’ll be sharing your enjoyment of nature with people just like you.

Know your limits

The hike leaders know the trail, but they are not rangers. Going out with us is the same as going out with a few friends. Expect the same risks, take the same precautions. You are responsible for your first aid materials.

There may be hills to climb but we go at a pace that everyone can keep up with. To get over fences, we climb up stiles—we never open gates. Because much of the trail is on private land, dogs are not permitted.

Attending a hike

There are no fees to attend a hike. However, if you choose to be a passenger in a carpool, we ask that you give a courtesy amount of $7 to the driver to help offset costs. Driving time to the trail head can take 30 minutes to just over an hour.

The meetup point for carpooling is given in the hike description and is usually accessible by LRT. Carpooling from other points of origin, or driving directly to the trail head, is sometimes possible, depending on the hike — see the hike description for details.

Who are we?

This meetup group is an outreach by the Waskahegan Trail Association (WTA), and is meant to introduce hikers to the Waskahegan Trail. The WTA built and continues to maintain the trail going on half a century. Signups from Meetup are for hikers new to the trail and are limited to between 10 and 15 participants per event. However, membership in the Association, which is only $20 per year for individuals or families, entitles you to attend hikes at any time with no need to sign up. Discover all the benefits and learn more at http://waskahegantrail.ca/ .

Upcoming events (2)

East Battle River (Duhamel) to Rest & Be Thankful

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The hike follows the Battle River east towards Stoney Creek and Camrose. It starts by following the river, low in the valley across open grassland, but eventually winds its way up out of the valley, stepping over a field of crocuses, then into woods and gulleys, and ending at the top of “Rest & Be Thankful” hill. There we stop to eat our lunches, thankful for the spectacular views. After returning to the trailhead, we’ll make a quick visit to the nearby old Duhamel Church, built in 1883 and restored with Waskahegans working on mending the roof. It has an interesting graveyard. Note: this is the start of our 9am departures from Edmonton. In Edmonton we will meet at the Century Park ‘Park & Ride’ Section I (it's still free on weekends - https://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/transit/Century_Park_Paid_Parking_Map.pdf ... 'Free Parking', near the 109th Street Entrance/Exit) and carpool leaving at 9 a.m. There is no charge for the event, but passengers contribute $7 each to their driver to help defray fuel costs. If you are new to WTA hikes, then you should visit the Guided Hikes webpage for essential information. https://waskahegantrail.ca/hiking-the-trail/guided-hikes/ We will ask you to sign a waiver before we leave the meeting point. You can save time now by signing the on-line waiver on our website at https://waskahegantrail.ca/non-member-waiver/ If you would rather drive yourself directly to the trail head, please contact the organizer.

Mix Cloverlawn and Memorial for Stan Skirrow

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The “Mix Cloverlawn” hike will be a modification of 3 favourites (Stan’s Bench, Source of the Blackmud & Coal Lake North End) to accommodate a lost section of the trail along Mud Lake (as we can no longer get all the way to “Mix Stopover”). Initially, we will cross a farm before starting a climb that has amazing views of Mud Lake, Coal Lake and the Gwynne valley. Followed by some twists & tuns through the woods past an unusual “pet cemetery” before descending down where we will have lunch near Mud Lake before returning. At “Stan’s Bench” we’ll stop to honor Stan Skirrow who’s devotion, passion and energy made what the Waskahegan Trail and its organization what it is today. In Edmonton we will meet at the Century Park ‘Park & Ride’ Section E (it’s free on weekends) and carpool leaving at 9 a.m. There is no charge for the event, but passengers contribute $7 each to their driver to help defray fuel costs. If you are new to WTA hikes, then you should visit the Guided Hikes webpage for essential information. https://waskahegantrail.ca/hiking-the-trail/guided-hikes/ We will ask you to sign a waiver before we leave the meeting point. You can save time now by signing the on-line waiver on our website at https://waskahegantrail.ca/non-member-waiver/ If you would rather drive yourself directly to the trail head, please contact the organizer.

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