It snowed, like really snowed, on Monday. There are still tiny patches of snow in my yard, almost a week later. This is unusual, even for Alberta, which means that some of our outdoor activities have to be postponed until things return to normal. Instead of heading out to the mountains this weekend, we got a head start on shoulder season with a trip to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
The park is only about 30 minutes from our house so is perfect for a quick escape. There are lots of hiking options in the park, and lots of trail map signs so it is easy to figure out where you’re going. This was our first visit and we had no trouble navigating.
From the parking lot we followed the paved path (Glenbow Trail) down hill to the Bow River Loop. We passed by a few historic signs and buildings on our way.
We crossed the train tracks just in time to watch a long train pass by.
We took the west loop of the Bow River Loop by hiking along the gravelled centre path to the river and then turning right. It was very pretty along the river.
We completed the loop by following the path west and then east back to the rail crossing and returned to the parking lot along the paved path.
At the top we made a quick detour to the lookout at the top of the Tiger Lily Loop and gazed out on all the parts of the park we’d have to return to explore.
We hiked about 9 km in total and still have a ton of trails left to explore in the park. We’ve got the other part of the Bow a River Loop, east along Glenbow Trail to the Narrows and the western part of the park off Bowbend Trail. I think we’ve found a perfect place for winter walking!