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Wednesday Hike: Fort Saskatchewan River Valley Waterfront Trails (6/13/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Turner Park, Fort Saskatchewan
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jun 13 2018  7:00 PM
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 13 2018 5:30:00 PM
Event Duration:About 2 hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
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:16
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 15 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Itinerary:
For a change of scenery, I would like to hike along the waterfront trails in Fort Saskatchewan that follow alongside the North Saskatchewan River. This will be a brisk paced hike, with some single track technical hiking trails along the river (bring your backpack for a good conditioning hike if you want).

We will begin our hike at Turner Park, which is located on the east side of Fort Saskatchewan. We will then work our way west along the North Saskatchewan River waterfront, heading towards Chabot Park and the boat launch (on the west side of Fort Saskatchewan), before turning back. We will pass under the Highway #15 bridge during our hike, and we will also be able to view the piers that remain from a long-abandoned and demolished railway bridge that used to be used to provide a passenger rail link to Fort Saskatchewan. The total distance between our starting point and Chabot Park is approximately 4.5 km.

After completing our hike, those interested can join me for a late snack at a pub in Fort Saskatchewan, before we return to Edmonton.

Did you know: Fort Saskatchewan is at the eastern end of an initiative by the River Valley Alliance to build a network of trails that extend all the way from Devon to Edmonton? The Fort Saskatchewan region is also the western terminus of the Iron Horse Trail, and the southern terminus of the Athabasca Landing Trail. The Athabasca Landing Trail project is raising funds to build a footbridge that would potentially use the piers left by the abandoned railway bridge which would connect trail systems on both sides of the river, and connect the Fort Saskatchewan waterfront trail to the Athabasca Landing Trail.

Required Items to Bring:
-Weather appropriate clothing
-Water
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Money for snacks and refreshments if you wish to join us after

How to Get There:
Event Directions:We will meet in the parking area next to the ball diamond in Turner Park.

To reach Turner Park from Edmonton:

- from Edmonton: follow Wayne Gretzky Drive north east out of Edmonton (as you travel along this route, it will become Fort Road, then Manning Drive, and finally Highway 15).
- As Hwy 15 approaches Fort Saskatchewan, it will take a turn to a southeast direction to enter the city.
- After crossing the North Saskatchewan River to enter Fort Saskatchewan, turn left on to 99 Avenue
- Turn left on to 101 Street. 101 Street will become River Road, and will follow alongside the river.
- Turn right to enter the ball diamond parking lot once you reach Turner Park.

Fort Saskatchewan can also be reached by following Highway 21 north from Sherwood Park.
- Once you reach Fort Saskatchewan, turn left on to 101 Street.
- Follow 101 Street north until it becomes River Road, then follow alongside the river until you reach Turner Park. Turn right to enter the ball diamond parking lot along the chain link fence near the dugout. Look for Mark wearing a bright blue Edmonton Outdoor Club ball cap.


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

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