Hiking in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park - Gateway Gazette

Hiking in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

By Contributor

Jan 12

What a gorgeous start it has been to 2019! Sunny days, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and lots of fresh snowfall in the mountains. Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a stunning setting to view the white-capped mountains and if you have not been here lately – now is a perfect time to visit!

We are excited for the year ahead. Many new things are on the horizon. Monthly hikes led by our seasoned guide and GRPF steward Allan Sitter will kick off February 18. These hikes are limited to 15 participants, so register on our website early if you are interested! We continue to fundraise for a native plant garden outside our Visitor Information Centre and a new display in the Centre showcasing our steward-led Herbarium Project’s work. If you are interested in donating to these projects, please do!

We are also pleased to share that construction on a new stand-alone classroom is set to begin this spring (pending funding). Led by Alberta Parks, this building will be our new Centre for educational programming and replace our former classroom, which has been converted to offices. In this new building, we will have more space to welcome children from around the Calgary area and will be able to host our monthly park talks once again.

I am also excited to announce that with support from the Government of Alberta’s Recreation and Physical Activity Branch, we will be offering a series of guided bicycle tours of the park in 2019! These tours will allow you to learn about the history and ecology of Glenbow Ranch all while riding your own bike. Our guides will have bike maintenance training, First Aid and a deep knowledge of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Keep fit and have fun! Stay tuned for more information.

We are also planning many other exciting events and projects, so stay tuned for more!

We continue to offer our core programming and have been busy providing unique experiential learning opportunities to thousands of local children. Discover Archeology, Explore Grasslands, and our Pond Invertebrate Species Program continue to be offered throughout the year. Our golf cart tours will be back in the Spring.

And of course, our stewards, sponsored by Catalyst, continue to do important and rewarding work throughout the park. If you are interested in becoming a steward yourself – please let us know!

Have a wonderful beginning to 2019,

Sarah

Hike the Ranch

Panoramic views, extraordinary history, and a great trail system say it all. Enjoy all of this on guided hikes through the park.

These hikes will be led by Alan Sitter, a Certified Hike Leader with Outdoor Council of Canada and avid hike leader for Special Needs individuals. Alan hikes or snowshoes most weeks all year long. As a Steward for the Glenbow Ranch, he is well versed in the extraordinary history that the Ranch has seen and is always looking forward to telling its tale to whoever would like to listen.

During these guided hikes the participants will learn the history of the Park from its ranchland days of the 1800s to the early 20th century when it was the site of the town of Glenbow and a local sandstone quarry. See the many changes of the season unfold before your eyes as the cold winter months give way to the explosion of wildflowers and then the vibrant colours of the fall.

The first hike for 2019 will be on Family Day, Monday, February 18 at 10:00 AM. This winter hike will be two hours long. Find out how the winter of 1882-83 changed the course of ranching in the Glenbow/Cochrane area. The hike will be limited to 15 participants to ensure the quality of the experience. The cost is $10.00.

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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a working ranch and some trails may be closed due to winter conditions.

Trail closure notices are not handled by the Foundation, but by the Alberta Parks. You can find them here. Links on the GRPF website will take you directly to the Alberta Parks page. Be sure to take a look when planning your visit.

Our 2019 GRPF memberships are still available. By buying a membership to Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, you are showing your love for this unique Provincial Park and supporting the work that our Foundation does.

Individual Memberships are $35 and Family Memberships are $50.

You can purchase your membership online, or come by the Visitor Information Center when it is open and purchase it from us. Join the herd and purchase your membership today!

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