Fall Colours Hike/ Blackfoot Provincial Park (Waskahegan Trailhead) - Sun, Sep 17 2023

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Fall Colours Hike/ Blackfoot Provincial Park (Waskahegan Trailhead) (9/17/2023)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Waskahegan Staging Area of Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 17 2023  1:30 PM  (Carpool Departure: 12:50 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 17 2023 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Up to 3 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
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:14
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 18 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

The Cooking Lake / Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area is a large area located to the East of Edmonton near Elk Island, with an extensive network of scenic trails - see the info below:

Cooking Lake / Blackfoot info (Waskahegan Staging Area

We will hike approximately 15 km depending on the group and the paths we choose (minimal elevation for 3 hours or so). The terrain is gently rolling hills and the fall colours should be in full glory!!
This will be a very unique route in the park, which many may have not done.
We will stop at one of the shelters (probably Meadow) for a break, and please bring enough water because there is no potable water in the park. I tend to hike rain or shine, so if the weather is bad, bring your rain gear!
Journey time from the carpool location (Meadows Transit Centre) is approx 30 minutes each way.

If you are meeting at the Blackfoot Lake trailhead, meet at 1:30 PM.
There will be a carpool available from Edmonton if desired - meet at the north east corner in the parking lot for Meadows Transit Centre at 12:45 PM for a 12:50 PM. departure.

Bring sufficient water/snacks, and suitable clothing/footwear for anything the weather might throw at us! (including waterproofs...)
Walking poles are recommended.

IMPORTANT NOTE #1: although dogs are permitted on this event, please note that the Cooking Lake / Blackfoot PRA state that pets should be kept on a leash at all times and your dog must be able to behave in groups of people.

IMPORTANT NOTE #2: keep an eye on your emails and the weather forecast leading up to this event, as it may be postponed in the event of heavy smoke or other condition updates.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Water
  • Snacks/lunch
  • Suitable clothing / footwear for any weather conditions that may arise
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Walking poles

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:24 km east of Sherwood Park on Wye Road. Follow the road signs. The park is on the south edge of Elk Island National Park. Park close to the wooden shelter at the Waskahegan Staging Area.
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):66Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 12:50 PM
    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 $19.14 (calculated at total Km * $0.29, effective Thursday, September 28, 2023). 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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