Griffith Woods – Calgary – Hiking Alberta

Searching online for a short day hike in the Calgary area, I am surprised to find a previously-unheard-of gem on the website ‘Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies’.  Access is off Glenmore Trail (Hwy 8), west of Sarcee Trail.  The first left turn (south) is at the stoplights onto Discovery Ridge Boulevard and, continuing straight past the circle, arrives at a left turn near the bottom of the slope onto Discovery Ridge Link.  It is a short straight ride through the clearly-signed Griffith Woods arch to ample parking.  Interpretive signs and a trail map near the washrooms (open May through November) quickly orient the natural environment park’s layout and nature.  Log fences and Park Boundary signage mark the north border of Tsuu T’ina Nation land.

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

One entrance to Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods is a relatively thin band of land stretched out along the meandering shores of the Elbow River with urban development to the north.  The natural environment park is upstream from Weaselhead Flats and the Glenmore Reservoir.  The short branch to the east initially tracks beside an arm of the Elbow River before arrival at a storm pond.

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Elbow River in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Elbow River in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The paved path continues a short distance past the storm pond to the Discovery Ridge Wastewater Pumping Station.  Gravel trail continues to the top of the ridge.  There is  little snow for this uncharacteristically warm day in mid February.  Ice adjacent to the paved trail is easily and securely navigated with my K10 crampons on hiking boots.  The few people here, on this Wednesday afternoon, are walking their dogs.

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Discovery Ridge Waste Water Pumping Station at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Trail past the Pumping Station in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

On the return from this short stretch, there is an opportunity to investigate the periphery of the storm pond where a bevy of beavers have been busy felling a substantial number of trees to build their dam in the centre of the pond.

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The storm pond at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Beaver Activity at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Trees felled by beavers to build their dam at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The beaver dam in the storm pond at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The beaver dam at the storm pond in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

An interpretive plaque at the storm pond does a good job of explaining the processes involved in keeping the river water healthy as it flows into the reservoir.

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Water course and management at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Back at the parking area the trail continues west.  With the time available today, I will be limited to investigating a short distance of this much longer trail with paved and gravel options.  The gravel trails lead through terrain reminiscent of Weaselhead Flats.  The best way to cover all the trail options will be to return in summer and cycle the entire labyrinth of paved and gravel pathway.   The greatest distraction is overhead power lines along the urban development side of the park.

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The main trail west in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Log fences at the border with Tsuu T’ina land in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ice covered trail in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A brief incursion on predominantly iced trail into the gravel path component reveals dense wilderness terrain.  The multiple channels of the Elbow River twist and turn their way through flat terrain nurturing a broad variety of plant, avian and animal life.  The experience is a relaxing interruption from the hustle and bustle of urban existence.  The air is fresh, the breeze is refreshing on the face and subdued sunlight mellows the cool air.

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Entrance to the South branch of the west trail complex at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Iced trail leading to a wooden bridge in Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Spectacular running water images at Griffith Woods Natural Environment Park, Discovery Ridge, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Griffith Woods was established in the 2000 millennium year after Wilbur and Betty Griffith donated part of their property to The City of Calgary for preservation as a nature reserve.  The unique characteristics of the area support healthy stands of White Spruce.  The unique nature of the soil in the area encourages healthy growth of plants less commonly experienced in the Calgary area.  This park is a mecca for bird watchers with specific emphasis on Red-breasted Nuthatches and Gray Jays (Whiskey Jacks).  Abandoned, ancient channels of previous river flow form oxbows in the land which become spring flooding channels promoting wetlands and vigorous growth in an independent ecosystem.  Periodic flooding of the wild river oxbows encourages growth of Balsam Poplar.  Griffith Woods is a gem hosting an inner-city, wilderness natural environment, adjacent to a ‘wild river’ and worthy of a visit.  There are multiple access points into the park.  Consult the City of Calgary’s online Pathways and Bikeways map.

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Paskapoo Slopes Preservation – Calgary – Hiking Alberta

Once again, what little is left of Paskapoo Slopes is under threat from further commercial development.  Please visit the website Save the Slopes and sign the petition to prevent further development on Paskapoo Slopes immediately east of Canada Olympic Park on the south side of the TransCanada Highway near the junction with Sarcee Trail.  It is unclear why this land was ever approved for commercial development.  This unique location, with deep historical and archeological roots, is riddled with underground springs which feed the prolific growth of forest and grasslands.  The lower portion grasslands may be largely obliterated with construction proposed by Trinity Hills development.  The spin on the developers website promotes preservation of opportunity for wilderness recreation on the upper slopes.

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

When the land is cleared for development, the forestation will no longer be present to consume the water generated by underground springs.  Water running down and across Sarcee Trail currently would indicate the existing drainage systems may not be fully capable of managing the output from underground springs.  Is there monitoring of the changes underground and beneath current development to ensure the safety of the homes and occupants on the surface of the land above?  If underground change is combined with significant rain events, will the slopes remain stable?

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

There are breathtaking views from Paskapoo Slopes to vistas across the Bow River of Nose Hill, communities to the west and north and across Alberta Children’s Hospital to the City of Calgary skyline and beyond.

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Anyone who has not experienced the privacy and serenity of trails on Paskapoo Slopes should take the opportunity to do so in the very near term.  If you walk your dog on Paskapoo Slopes you may want to get involved and consider signing the petition to save what little wilderness area remains.  If you are a cyclist who enjoys riding the varied and beautiful terrain of Paskapoo Slopes perhaps you could inform friends and colleagues of proposed change to Paskapoo Slopes and consider signing the petition to save the slopes from further development.  If you walk, or saunter, or run, or hike the trails, alone or with your family on what little wilderness remains, you may wish to get family members and/or your hiking clubs involved and consider signing the petition to save the slopes.  Your City of Calgary Councillors need to know your feelings on this so they can vote appropriately on behalf of their constituents.  If it is not in writing, it never happened.  Please take a bit of your time to help save the slopes.  Schools, universities and conservation organizations can make a huge impact on this process.  I urge City of Calgary Councillors to take a walk on the trails of Paskapoo Slopes.

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Save the Slopes website provides more information to help you make an informed decision.  There are festivities planned for Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Bowness Community Centre, 7904 – 43 Avenue, NW in the Community of Bowness between 7 PM and 11 PM.  Adult admission is $10, youth under 18 – $5, and children under 5 can attend free with parents.  There will be live music and dancing.  Food and beverage will be available.  Please purchase tickets and use receipts for admission or make a donation on the Save the Slopes website.  The Save the Slopes website also hosts a store offering merchandise at reasonable prices to increase awareness and to raise money to cover the cost of developing a quality offensive to the Paskapoo Slopes development proposal.  There is a huge opportunity here for young people to status, tweet, tag, pin, comment, instagram, email, link or stumble their feelings.  The freedom to roam in the grasslands and wilderness on Paskapoo Slopes should not be denied to younger and new generations.  It is another convenient urban gateway for young people to eventually get out there and enjoy the mountains.  Something very similar could be said for the older generations who may not have the opportunity to get to the mountains as often.

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

#savetheslopes Paskapoo Slopes, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I appeal to my fellow bloggers in Alberta to raise awareness on this issue and to participate in the process.  The communities of Bowness, Montgomery, Cougar Ridge, West Springs, Coach Hill and Patterson stand to benefit the most from access to nearby wilderness adventure.  I hope their Community Associations will get involved in the process to help determine the best course of action.  Please feel free to leave a comment on this post.  Comments are moderated.  Quality input will be greatly appreciated.

From my first Paskapoo Slopes post of February 28, 2012, the following comment and response remain pertinent:

From June on March 7, 2012,

This blog post about Paskapoo caught my attention because the existence of Paskapoo was recently revealed to me in an out-of-date book by James Martin called “Calgary: Secrets of the City”, pub. 1999.  The reason Paskapoo is so noteworthy is that it was a buffalo jump, just like Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.  I was shattered to discover that the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta allowed developers to ravage this site.  I’ve since done a bit of research into the archeological significance of the site, and the more I learn, the more appalled I am that this site has been ruined for the sake of COP and a recreation area, as if there wasn’t enough historically insignificant available land all round us where recreation facilities and residential developments could have been built.  Paskapoo, in its pristine rusticity, was far more valuable to the city, the province and the world than it is now.  And, as if that isn’t enough to make my head explode, the latest I’ve read about Paskapoo is that COP wants to build a condominium development on that recreational land between COP and the Trans-Canada Highway to make yet more money.  Go figure.

And my March 9, 2012 response to June’s comment:

Thank you for the book reference.  I shall check it out.  Sounds very interesting.  I believe it would be wise to preserve what little remains of Paskapoo Slopes from further development.  It is an inner city resource, like Nose Hill or Fish Creek Park, which is valuable for all the people.  It should be saved from the few people and organizations interested in little more than turning a buck.  Enough is enough.  There is an organization in Calgary devoted to preserving Paskapoo Slopes.  With sufficient support they can make  a positive difference.

The City of Calgary will hopefully vote to reject the Trinity Hills development project.  There would be great benefit if the land can be rezoned to prevent further development proposals.  The owner of the property (Winsport) in cooperation with the Trinity Hills developer should donate the land to the city and find a more suitable property to build the Trinity Hills project.  It is understood Winsport needs revenue to support their enviable, world-class sport training complex.  Our elected representatives can do the City of Calgary a great service by establishing what remains of Paskapoo Slopes, between Patterson Heights and Canada Olympic Park, as a public park with better parking at the bottom and top of the slopes so Calgary citizens can enjoy this unique recreation area.  Enough is enough.  At least a small part of this valuable resource should be saved for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

Please participate.  Thanks for taking the time.

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Weaselhead Flats – Calgary – Hiking Alberta

The headwaters for the Elbow River begin at Elbow Lake, fed by the Rae Glacier, in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The river wiggles its way east from the Rocky Mountains to merge with the Bow River in Calgary with one significant interruption.  In 1929 the City of Calgary gained public approval to construct the Glenmore Dam creating the Glenmore Reservoir which provides a reliable, urban water supply.  The bonus has been peripheral development of popular recreation areas in North and South Glenmore Park hosting Heritage Village, the Calgary Canoe Club, the Calgary Rowing Club and boat rentals at the Glenmore Sailing School.  Where the Elbow River enters the Glenmore Reservoir, a wide river delta known as Weaselhead Flats, is a popular urban, wilderness recreation area, with a fascinating history, in Weaselhead Natural Environment Park which separates the west end of North and South Glenmore Park.  There is a civilized, paved path from Weaselhead parking at 37th Street SW and Lakeview Drive but I choose to don crampons and drop off the edge of the bluff on muddy, then icy, trail.

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The labyrinth of wilderness path leads to the main paved trail, then abruptly to the footbridge over the Elbow River.  An occasional cyclist joins the mix of hikers and strollers on this predominantly sunny and comfortably cool day.  Cliff swallows have constructed their mud nests on the sheltered areas beneath the bridge platform.  This is a very popular and prolific birding area for bird watchers.

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bird dwellings beneath the bridge over the Elbow River delta at Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Major trail junctions branch to more primitive wilderness areas on interpretive trails.  Many formal trail options are intersected by paths into forest.  Shortly after crossing the main bridge there is a right turn to a series of interpretive trails beyond a lesser bridge over a canal feeding one of the main channels of the Elbow River.  Careful steps in crampons are required on the wooden bridge decking.  I choose to walk a variation of the 4.1 KM (2.6 mile) Oxbow Trail which provides close proximity to the major river channel.

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Link to the Oxbow Trail in Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The picturesque Oxbow Trail bridge over the canal at Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The flat river delta is vulnerable to the shifting water levels which provide a robust growth environment for the dense and widely varied collection of plant and forest specimens.  It is the home to multiple avian and animal species.   Interpretive plaques, displayed in attractive stone pillars, inform visitors about the rich history of the indigenous people who originally settled the area.  In the Blackfoot language the area was called ‘moll-inistsi-in-aka-apewis’ or ‘Elbow Many Houses’ to reflect multiple and changing river courses over and through the flat river plain.  Further along, another interpretive plaque beside a trench informs of the period beginning 1903  when the Tsuu T’ina Nation leased this portion of their land to the Canadian Military for military exercises.  Sarcee Camp became an important summer military training facility which remained in operation from 1920 to 1945.  There remains an ongoing initiative to locate and report unexploded munitions.  Many trenches and foxholes punctuate the landscape as evidence of past military exercises.

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

A trench next to the interpretive plaque at Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Evidence remains of damage inflicted by the June 2013 flood event.  Displaced bridge decks and accumulations of debris convince me to follow an impromptu shortcut to find better established trail for the return loop.

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage on the Oxbow Trail in Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Flood debris along the Oxbow Trail in Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

On the final stretch along the canal, a series of wooden boardwalks provide protection from most of the mud on the sun exposed route.  After re-crossing the main bridge over the Elbow River, I choose to walk on ice beside the main paved trail to the top of the bluff.  There is a convenient bench near the top to remove the crampons from my hiking boots.  At the top, near the parking area, there are grand views into the valley from the Glenmore Pathway.

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

It is a major benefit to have a wilderness area of this dimension within an urban environment.  There is huge spring, summer, and fall for inner-city cycle journeys through a wide variety of terrain.  If we get another significant snowfall like the unexpected and damaging storm in September, snowshoeing becomes a possibility.

Weaselhead Flats, Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Glenmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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There are many access points which are clearly documented for North and South Glenmore Parks and the Weaselhead Natural Environment Park on the City of Calgary’s website.  There is good parking for access to the west end of North Glenmore Park and Weaselhead Park at the bottom of 37th Street SW south of Glenmore Trail.  Another longer access to Weaselhead Flats could be made from 90th Avenue SW near the Glenmore Sailing Club.

There is no documentation supporting the source of the name ‘Weaselhead’ but speculation suggests the source may have been the name of an ancient Native Chief.

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