Tillebrook Provincial Park hosts the short, easy and scenic Nature Trail east of the City of Brooks, Alberta, Canada.
The TransCanada Highway exit to the Brooks Aqueduct is a short distance southeast of the two main exits to the City of Brooks. The highway exit for the historical and internationally famous Brooks Aqueduct leads a short distance directly to the entrance for the clearly-signed Tillebrook Provincial Park. Just past the obvious entrance sign, nearby year-round parking is available at the seasonal park administration office which is open to the public for the summer period. On this mid-September day the office is closed and the park is virtually empty on a glorious late summer day. The unusually dry summer of 2017 has created surrounding deciduous forest more reminiscent of the autumn season.
Entrance to the Nature Trail is a short walking distance past the Parks Office and clearly signed on the left. The Nature Trail begins as a clearly defined gravel trail through light forest surrounding manicured lawns. Active and robust sprinkler systems are rotating across the trail but careful and logistic evaluation suggests dry passage can be achieved by employing a brisk pace combined with careful timing.
The carefully considered plan is foiled by a decision to stop part way through the route to photograph the spray crossing the trail. Interrupting the plan results in the need for a high speed exit to avoid more than a wet pant leg. The light Rab hiking pant will dry quickly in the sunny heat of the summer day.
Many trees are unusually barren for late summer, no doubt a condition exacerbated by an unusually dry and hot summer. The trail winds its way through a wide variety of trees and brush bordered by farmland along its periphery where sweeping fields of sporadically harvested grain drift away to distant horizons. Farm roads and fence delineate borders defining this small but impressive park. The Nature Trail provides many entrances and exits from the campground proper and since camping season remains open, a convenient visit to meticulously maintained toilet facilities is possible.
The Nature Trail hosts negligible elevation with the exception of a minor and shallow dip in a particularly scenic short section of trail about three-quarters of the way around the one kilometer loop in a clockwise direction. Throughout the short, scenic, one kilometer (⅝ of a mile) hike around the periphery of the park, the well treed campground to the right provides a stark contrast to expansive grain fields on the left. The unique juxtaposition is interesting.
As the short loop nears completion, the trail returns into relatively dense and colorful forest prior to completion at the Alberta Parks building where the car is conveniently parked
Photographs for this scenic forest hike along the Nature Trail in Tillebrook Provincial Park were captured on the sunny afternoon of Monday, September 11, 2017 following the hiking tour of historical Brooks Aqueduct near Brooks, Alberta, Canada.