Calgary Parklands: Edworthy Park and Shouldice Park

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October 9th 2020
Published: November 30th 2020
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Our meet-up in Edworthy Park brought together 17 C hikers for a brisk day draped in vibrant fall colours. Following our leader, Dee, we warmed up in the sunshine as we walked through the park’s playground out to the pathway along the Bow River.

The deep yellow grasses were punctuated with sparse, bright-red leaves on Saskatoon bushes, mostly stripped of their dark-blue berries by now. At a different life-stage, bunches of red berries adorned Elder bushes, still draped in pale green leaves. Suddenly our reveries were startled by the blaring horn of a freight train that roared and rattled close beside the walking path.

At the bottom of the escarpment, we meandered through nameless woods. Golden leaf-litter led us into magical scenes of reds, oranges, and yellows affixed to dark branches and light poplar trees. To our surprise, a little brook trickled under the leaves and strewn rocks. The path rose steeply, reminding me of mountain walks where roots and rocks provided both traction and traps.

Crossing over to Shouldice Park, we followed the Bow River Pathway. Beavers had recently been active, and maybe still were, because tall trees had been toppled and some already chopped up by their strong teeth. Where their lodge was, we couldn’t see. What we could see, across the River, was our morning’s path in the natural landscape that has avoided the city’s imprint high above.

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Edworthy Park Edworthy Park
Edworthy Park

Tranquil start to a quiet walk
 Grassy trail Grassy trail
Grassy trail

Edworthy Park
Red Berries on Elder bushRed Berries on Elder bush
Red Berries on Elder bush

Bright colour amongst fading leaves
Beaver activity Beaver activity
Beaver activity

Recent chopping by absent animal
Our morning route Our morning route
Our morning route

Remembering our footsteps
 Fall spectacular Fall spectacular
Fall spectacular

Our morning route

3rd December 2020

I think your Autumn Tunnel is in my top-10 favourites of your photos. Lovely. This is a great idea - both the City parks set aside from development and your hiking club's exploration of the trails.
4th December 2020

Autumn Tunnel
Thanks! That photo is in my top ten, too.

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