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Distance:10 km Expected time:3-4 hrs Difficulty:moderate
Winter isn’t over yet and there’s still a chance to walk on the frozen Waiparous Creek, especially if you had missed it last year. The hike starts in the Village of Waiparous, close to the confluence with the Ghost River, and leads upstream along partially open sections of the river, over ice bridges and below dramatic high banks and escarpments. The return trip is on a forest trail, and there’ll be cookies, hot chocolate and mulled cider at the Ungers in nearby Benchlands right after the hike.
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Why Join This Adventure?
It’s a rare opportunity to safely walk through this deeply cut section of the river and at same time observe river and ice dynamics. And it’s a chance to get out in the winter.
Total walking time about 3 hours
Good winter boots
Spikes/cleats and walking poles highly recommended (these can be hired from various places, including the U of C Outdoor Centre)
Possibly snow shoes if more snow falls
Backpack with extra layers and snacks/water
Things To be Aware Of
The difficulty rating is moderate except for the rather steep access and exit trails.
Join local residents Kris and Heinz Unger for an ice walk adventure through the frozen Waiparous ‘canyon’. The creek is a tributary of the Ghost River and we will start just upstream from the confluence in the Village of Waiparous. We will get some rays of sunshine into the steep-walled valley to provide contrasting light and shade as we hike up the frozen creek. Often you can hear or even see the water flowing under the ice and snow cover. It gives a very different perspective on the valley that’s not easily accessed most of the year. We’ll return to the parked vehicles in Waiparous Village via an easy, groomed trail on the top of the south embankment with some dramatic views down into the ‘canyon’.
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