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Shirley Lake Trail - Elk Island (photography hike) (4/22/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Shirley Lake Trail, Elk Island National Park
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 22 2018  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:40 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Apr 22 2018 8:00:00 AM
Event Duration:5-6 hours including driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: 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:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 (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 those not in the carpool who will be meeting at event location, please be at the Shirley Lake trail parking lot for 10:45 AM.

Come join us for an opportunistic photo hike to track bison and the elusive elk at Elk Island National Park along the 12-13 km Shirley Lake Trail. 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 hike and photography trip. Please note that the expected duration of the hike is 4-5 hours with photo stops and lunch, plus travel time.

This will be a hiking event, though given the current snowpack and cold conditions, snowshoes may be options and beginners are welcome. Let's get out and have some fun tracking wildlife and looking for those spring migrants! Participants should be prepared and or expect any weather possibilities for this day. Bring layers, hot drinks, ice grips or microspikes and don't forget your cameras!

The Shirley Lake trail is on the north side of the highway. The trailhead is just past the Tawayik Lake turnoff. If you reach Astotin Lake, you've gone too far by a couple of kilometres.

Copyright 2017 by Louise Versteeg

Required Items to Bring:
ice grips/microspikes
appropriate clothing/footwear
water/hot drink
something to sit on
$$ for carpool (pls bring change if you have it)
$7.80 Elk Island entry fee or Nat'l Park Pass
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 Hayburger 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 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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- 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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