Curiosity takes me to two more provincial parks
What do birds, brown and the Bow River have in common? I went to visit two more provincial parks this week in my quest to see what the province has to offer. There are over 470 sites in Alberta, and then there is BC to explore too…
The first is not new to me, but is close to my house and one to which I love going – Fish Creek – the largest urban park in Canada. So many trails to walk, hike and mountain bike. Sikome Lake is open in the summer, but I prefer dipping my feet in the river if it is hot.
There is a lot of history in Fish Creek as it was home to the Bow Valley Ranch (some of the original buildings are still there) which was apparently quite the social gathering place for visiting dignitaries and local ranchers around 1900.
I would like to learn more about different types of birds and may check out the spring birding course offered through Friends of Fish Creek. It was a beautiful sunny day when I went, so my curiosity made me smile and say hi to everyone and see how people would respond. I think the sun helps as most said hello back (even if it was just a nod) and many smiled. Smiles make me feel so good!
On Monday, the dogs and I headed to Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park, which is about an hour east of Calgary on the Bow River. I was hoping to hike and see some birds along the river. I did both, but I have to say that this is not the most beautiful park. It must have been very badly damaged in the 2013 flood, as was Fish Creek; however, the damage is still there. The campsites are clean, but, between the beavers and the flood, there are a lot of trees still down all over the place. The main gate was locked so we walked in from the highway and were able to go along the river, dodging trees and debris. We did see some geese, a few different types of ducks (but they were too far away to know exactly what they were), a hungry chickadee and some white swans on the way home.
There is still beauty in the brown though, as I was able to take some lovely dead flower pictures, as well as stopping on the way back for some interesting sights. I guess the moral of that story is that sometimes, it’s better to go west, but you can always find a gorgeous picture where ever you are…