The main thrust for the reduction of wild horse herds in the Alberta foothills is from grazing leaseholders concerned that horses are consuming forage at the expense of their cattle. How valid is this assumption? I have only been able to find one study, by Salter & Hudson, that looks at how horses, wildlife and [...]

Snowshoe Sinnot Hill

Just before the very cold weather hit we squeezed in an easy snowshoe trip to a viewpoint off Hwy. 549. Starting at the K Country boundary, we  pushed snow to Threepoint Creek, which was well frozen, took  Curly Sand trail to the meadow junction, then climbed 9999 trail to the pass. All the way we [...]

Wild Horses at Risk

We are appalled that the Alberta Government is again issuing capture permits for wild horses on public land along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. It appears that the main thrust for the reduction of wild horse herds is from grazing lease holders concerned that horses are consuming forage at the expense of their cattle. Bob Henderson, president of [...]

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) has produced an attractive map of Bragg Creek and area trails covering all but one of the multi-use, mountain bike, ski and snowshoe trails from the Kananaskis Country Boundary to just west of Moose Mountain Road, and from highway 66 to the north end of Telephone Loop. I [...]

Mystery on Riverview/Elbow Valley loop

We finally got around to snowshoeing this popular hiker’s loop of about 7.5  km on a Thursday afternoon in mid January, the day warm and sunny, the meadows gleaming pale orange through my brown-tinted sunglasses. From Paddy’s Flat campground access road we got onto Riverview (brand new red marker at the start) and enjoyed an [...]

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