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Elk Island Nat'l Park - 32.5 KM (16 + 16.5) (10/8/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Elk Island National Park
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 8 2017  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:10 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 7 2017 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Full day (6 - 7 hours)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Beata
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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:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Click HERE for a map of Elk Island National Park.

Hike 1: Tawayik Lake Trail We will meet at 9:00 AM at the carpool location and leave by 9:10 AM. Drive is approx.45 minutes. For those meeting at the event (bypassing the carpool), meet you at the Tawayik Lake trailhead for 10:00 AM. The Tawayik Lake Trail is on the north side of Highway #16. Enter left at the Elk Island Sign and follow the road until you see the Tawayik Lake sign. We will hike the 16.5 km that has Aspen forest and meadows;great for viewing elk, bison and waterfowl. We will break for lunch around 12:30pm. The trail is moderate. Participants should be prepared and or expect any weather possibilities for this day.

Hike 2: Wood Bison Trail We will park at the Wood Bison trail head after our first hike. The trail head is located on the south side of the highway just west of the main park road (range road 201A). Park entrance fees are free this year in all National Parks in Canada however you will still need to display a Parks Canada Pass on your windshield. You can pick this up at most gas stations or sport supply stores. The trail is a total of 16 km and should take us 4 hrs with a snack break. Hopefully we will spot some bison, moose or deer. 32.5KM is a challenging distance and a overall minimum pace of approximstely 4-5 km/hour is required. If you are not confident in your physical fitness and ability this may not be the event for you. These are loop hikes and no short cuts to go back.

Required Items to Bring:
Lunch and snack
Appropriate hiking footwear and clothing
Approx $5 for carpool per perso. Please bring exact change, as I do not carry extra cash for change. No pass is required for 2017 thanks to Parks Canada who is comping all visitors this year as it is Canada's 150th Birthday.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Elk Island National Park is located approximately 40 minutes from Edmonton, via Highway #16 East (Yellowhead).
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):80Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:10 AM
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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 $18.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.23, effective Friday, July 20, 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.

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

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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