Snowshoe Snowy Owl at West Bragg Creek

by Alf Skrastins on December 8, 2014

Now that the snow has arrived, it’s time to check out Snowy Owl and Snowy Shortcut, two new snowshoe trails at West Bragg Creek. Built by volunteers from the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association this addition brings the total trail network at West Bragg Creek up to 106 km.

Snowy Owl trail makes a large arc to the west and then traverses the north-east flank of Ranger Ridge. Along the way, it links to several other all-season trails, providing opportunities for a variety of snowshoe loops. Each leg of Snowy Owl has it’s own character. I’ll describe the trail in the counter-clockwise direction.

West Bragg Creek parking lot, west to Blue Bridge (1.3 km)
Start from anywhere in the parking lot and follow the snowshoe markers around the north edge of the parking lot, heading west. A short section through an aspen grove gets to Mountain Road, which is groomed for XC skiing. Cross Mountain Road and follow the well marked trail along the gentle meadows between the creek and Mountain Road until you get to the blue bridge over Bragg Creek. It’s an easy, scenic start. [click to continue…]


Snowshoe Canmore Nordic Centre

by Tony Daffern on December 3, 2014

CNC snowshoe-v4The Canmore Nordic Centre has recently created a very pleasant 3 km snowshoe trail; a mixture of old roads and single-track bike trails. Unfortunately the start is hard to find if you don’t know the area in summer and the trail has nowhere near enough signs to make it easy to follow in winter. While there is no charge to use the new trail, remember you are not allowed to snowshoe on any of the groomed ski trails. UPDATE Dec 8. Since the original post more signs have been added, some branch trimming done and snow clearing staff will try to keep the entrance to the trail clear of snow.

Park in the parking lot east of the Bill Warren Training Centre. The snowshoe trail starts on the north side of the road at the start of the disc golf course. There is a tiny snowshoe sign on a post, hidden by the berm of snow from snowplowing. It descends to the edge of the wax-test area where you have the choice of turning sharp right to snowshoe the trail anti-clockwise, or heading to a lower trail to the right to follow the orange snowshoe signs in a clockwise direction (recommended). [click to continue…]


A “Momentous Occasion” for Alberta’s Wild Horses

November 28, 2014

WHOAS, The Wild Horse of Alberta Society, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD). This five year agreement allows WHOAS to work in collaboration with ESRD to humanely manage wild horse populations in the Sundre area. Hopefully it will also take the pressure off wild horses in Kananaskis Country.

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Pictures of Work Done by Volunteers at West Bragg Creek

November 27, 2014

Here’s an album that highlights some of the work done by volunteers and with donated funds at West Bragg Creek this summer. New trails include: Merlin View (all season), Mountain View, West Crystal re-route, Crystal Link #2, #3, #4, East Link, Bunny Loop and Chickadee Loop (XC Ski trails) and Snowy Owl and Snowy Shortcut […]

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Snowshoe Arethusa Cirque

November 25, 2014

You’ve got 5 days left in which to enjoy a really terrific snowshoe into the cirque south of the more populated Ptarmigan. The distance is short, but perfect for the short drab days of late November.

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More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies – Second edition

November 11, 2014

I keep wanting to write More Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies SOUTH. You should know that very few scrambles are described in Banff and Yoho parks, and none at all in Jasper and Kootenay. The vast majority range from K Country down to Waterton. Having got that out of the way, I can report that […]

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TrekSta Boots Fit My Feet

November 2, 2014

One of the problems that I have had with most of my hiking and climbing boots over the years is that although my my feet are not exceptionally wide my little toes get squished. The problem seems to be that in most boots the wide part of the toe box never extends far enough back. […]

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Flood Rehabilitation 2014/2015

November 1, 2014
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K Country’s Newest Waterfall

October 28, 2014

Description of a new waterfall on the Little Elbow River near Nihahi Creek

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Walking Merlin View

October 20, 2014

Description of Merlin View trail at West Bragg Creek.

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