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St. Paddy's Winter Extravaganza XC-Skiing, **Snow Shoeing, Fire, and Ice Skating at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park (3/17/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 17 2018  10:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:15 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 17 2018 8:30:00 AM
Event Duration:6 hours plus travel
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Mark G
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:17
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 15 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Join us for this Winter Extravaganza Sports Event! With a fire, hot dog roast, and skate afterwards.

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park is located southeast of Edmonton and has a substantial groomed cross country ski trail network, including ice skating ponds/ skating trails, and snowshoe trails. If you don't cross country ski at an intermediate level or have equipment, bring your snowshoes or ice cleats to try the trails **(There should be enough members for both snowshoeing and xc-skiing). Please indicate with Mark what equipment you are bringing in your registration notes.

Miquelon's back country trails cover some 18 km, and include a wide variety of terrain, including beaver ponds, marshes, aspen forest, spruce bog and muskeg. For the cross country skiing group we will be intermediate skiing.
A complete circuit around the outside is around 10-12 km, but if desired we can add to that by including some additional loops. Before we head back we will also stretch our legs after with some ice skating around their skate ponds and actual ice skating trails. I will bring hot dogs for a fire and hot dog/marshmallow roast as well!

There is a carpool available for this event - if you are carpooling we will meet at Starbucks, James Mowatt Trail/ 111 Street in Ellerslie at 9:00AM for a 9:15 AM departure.
Look for Mark wearing a Blue EOC cap.
From there, we will drive out to Miquelon Lake Provincial Park. For those meeting at Miquelon Lake, we will aim to be there for around 10:15 AM.

Directions: from Edmonton head East on Highway 14, then turn South on Hwy 21.
When you pass New Sarepta, there will be a sign directing you to turn left (east) onto Hwy 623 to access the park. Follow Hwy 623 and look out for another sign sign telling you to turn left to access Miquelon Lake PP.

Once you get to Miquelon, to get to the backcountry trail head, go through the park gates and stay right.
You will pass the interpretive centre and the staff housing road. Turn into the 'Group Use Areas 1-2' where you will see a baseball diamond and parking. We will meet there.
The trail starts just a few hundred feet ahead to your right.

The Park's Winter activities are shown in the attachment below:

Miquelon Lakes Winter info

Required Items to Bring:

-Suitable clothing for the conditions
-Cross Country Skis
**(Snowshoes, or ice cleats if you do not have cross country skis)**See notes in first paragraph
-Lunch / snacks
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
-Ice skates

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Go straight east from Edmonton. Turn south on Hwy 21 until you pass New Sarepta. Turn left at the sign for Miquelon lake Provincial Park. The park is a few kilometers farther on.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):140Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:15 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: The event coordinator(s) will help you to arrange a centralized carpool if you require it, but it's not guaranteed. Please DO NOT pay your driver en route. Passengers will pay the coordinator, and he/she will distribute the money to the carpool drivers. SO PLEASE BRING CASH!!! Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $32.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.23, effective Sunday, March 18, 2018). This is based on $0.09/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divided by 9. This cost will be multiplied by the number of carpooled cars, and divided by the number of carpool participants.


If you don't cross country ski or have equipment, bring your snowshoes or ice cleats to try the trails **(if there isn't at least three snowshoe/ice cleat event members to go together in a group, then this will just be a cross country ski with Mark leading). Please indicate with Mark what equipment you are bringing in your registration notes.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in EOC events.
- Please scroll through and read the entire online waiver when you sign up.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.

Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!