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Beaver Pond and the Magical Forest Trails - Elk Island (photography snowshoe) (12/17/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Beaver Pond Trail, Elk Island National Park
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 17 2017  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:40 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Dec 17 2017 8:00:00 AM
Event Duration:5-6 hours including driving time
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Louise
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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:16
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Carpool meet time is 9:30 AM at Bonnie Doon Mall for a 9:40 departure.
For those not in the carpool who will be meeting at the event location, please be at the Beaver Pond trail for 10:45 AM.

Come join us to celebrate winter solstice with some opportunistic photo snowshoeing (or hiking) on the trail of the elusive elk at Elk Island National Park. We will start our adventure with the Beaver Pond Trail, followed by lunch at Astotin Lake. Our second hike/snowshoe will be through the magical forest along Astotin Lake with some wonderful opportunities to photograph the beauty of the late afternoon sunlight.

This will be a moderately paced hike ( ~4km/hr) with occasional stops to photograph wildlife or other scenic views. Photo stops will be no more than 10-15 minutes in duration depending on what we encounter. Non-photographers are welcome as this is a combination hiking/snowshoe and photography trip. Please note that the expected duration for both snowshoe excursions is approximately 4-4.5 hours with photo stops and lunch, plus travel time.

This will be a snowshoe event and beginners are welcome. Participants should be prepared and or expect any weather possibilities for this day. Bring layers, your snowshoes and/or ice grips or microspikes and don't forget your cameras!

The Beaver Pond trail is on the north side of the highway. The trailhead is approximately 1-2 km past the Astotin Lake trail turnoff.

Copyright 2017 by Louise Versteeg

Required Items to Bring:
ice grips/micropikes
appropriate clothing/footwear
water/hot drink
$$ for carpool (pls bring change if you have it)
$7.80 Elk Island entry fee or Nat'l Park Pass is waived for 2017 as national parks are free.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:***Meet for a 10:45 AM departure from Beaver Pond trail, Elk Island

Elk Island National Park is located approximately 45 minutes from Edmonton, via Highway 16 East (Yellowhead).

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):80Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:40 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 $18.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.23, effective Sunday, August 19, 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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- 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:
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