Intermediate Quick Pace Hike: Fort Saskatchewan River Valley Waterfront Trails - Sun, Dec 6 2020

Intermediate Quick Pace Hike: Fort Saskatchewan River Valley Waterfront Trails (12/6/2020)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Boat Launch, Fort Saskatchewan
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 6 2020  12:30 PM
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Dec 6 2020 11:40:00 AM
Event Duration:About 3.5 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:10
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

Please read all details in red below and and event details, including all Covid-19 group precautions before signing up!
We will be hiking in staggered groups of four. At times we will be two abreast (box shape with 6 feet or more apart), and other times we will need to be distanced while in single file and step off the trail or pathway briefly to let others pass safely.

For a change of scenery, I would like to hike along the waterfront trails in Fort Saskatchewan that follow alongside the North Saskatchewan River.
Experienced intermediate hikers are all welcome, but please be advised that this hike has a very brisk pace (5.5 km/h) A real challenge!! If you are signing up to the hike, we expect you to keep up to the quicker pace then normal so you don't fall too far behind and lose the group. We are traveling about 15 kms. (bring your backpack for a good conditioning hike if you want).

We will begin our hike at Fort Saskatchewan Boat Launch, which is located on the South side of Fort Saskatchewan. We will then work our way North along the North Saskatchewan River waterfront, heading towards Turner Park (on the North West side of Fort Saskatchewan), and then up Ross Creek trails. 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 Turner Park is approximately 5 km (and then back along paved trails for 15 to 17 km approximately).

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.
***We are open to having dogs on the hike, however they must be leashed***

We are limiting the number of participants including the coordinator on our events at this time.

**There are important ways to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus, the most essential being to sanitize your hands frequently. We request that you **bring your own hand sanitizer** with you on the event. For all who choose to enjoy an EOC activity we require participants to follow all Federal and Provincial rules in regards to Covid- 19, and the 2 meters/ 6 feet of social distancing from all club members and the public while on the trails and in public spaces. ** Our activities are outdoors in uncrowded spaces where cross-contamination is considered lower risk, but strict precautions still need to be followed. click for more information and to learn more.

Additional requirements:

1. Create social space.
Avoid greeting each other where there is the potential for skin-to- skin contact, such as hugs or handshakes or high- fives. . When in doubt, share a friendly wave and 'hello'. Blow your nose, cough, sneeze, or clear your airway at least 2 metres away from others. Don't use clothing to wipe. Wear a mask in public places to help limit the risk of spread to others if you will be within 2 metres of people other than members of your own household.
  • **The government has indicated that masks may help. Therefore, we are leaving it to the discretion of participants to choose whether you'd like to wear masks. Be aware that this is not a requirement so you must be comfortable with others potentially not wearing masks (as long as social distancing is maintained).

    2. Are you feeling unwell?
    If you have a cough or flu-like symptoms, you must stay home, and should consider getting yourself tested by calling 8-1-1. Also the Alberta government states if you have symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, you MUST self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until your symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer). *If you are in mandatory self-isolation you can not legally go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park.

    3. Your EOC event hosts are volunteers.
    Participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, their current physical condition, current trail conditions, and are responsible for their own safety and well-being.

    4. Further important considerations:

  • The province has encouraged outdoor activities with physical distancing. Studies have shown the benefits of outdoor activity for staying healthy. Therefore, we are offering outdoor organized activities to support your best health and well-being.
  • **Please respect each otherís space with the required social distancing of all people in public spaces.

    Self test and Covid-19 FAQs here: click for more FAQ information, testing, and links for Alberta Health Covid-19.

    (*Note we are not accepting cash donations at this time on our events. Please feel free to send donations to our Treasurer Donna M, or event organizer electronically).

  • Required Items to Bring:
  • *Hand sanitizer*
  • Your own food and water
    -Good footwear
    -Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

    How to Get There:
    Event Directions:We will meet in the parking area right before the boat launch


    - 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!