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/ .