Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is Marvelous!

20 08 2011

My dear friend Joel Duncan turned me onto a wonderful new provincial park just east of Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, where I took my family yesterday. It was a marvelous change from the familiar spots we have seen (too many) times, and we are definitely going to return! My children loved feeding the sleek horses that were on the park boundary, and my son especially liked all the grasshoppers he met.

The blurry image below does not do justice to the grand vista of the north side of the Bow River, so you will have to take my word for it that it was vivid enough to gaze at for a good 10 minutes. The area seems to be right on the verge of the grasslands and foothills natural regions. My daughter stuck her tongue out for the photo, but what can you expect from an 11-year-old girl?

We only got a taste of the park, walking over three kilometres on pristine, garbage-free trails, and are definitely going back with our bicycles to whiz around to explore the rest of it. The Burn family will also be hiking the enticing new trails that are off-limits to cycling.  We are going to be sure to frantically wave at all the butterflies and fence posts, something my friend Joel does regularly! Actually, I’ll do that and my pubescent girls will roll their eyes and moan about how embarrassing it will be. The picture below is also fuzzy, but it does give an idea of what the park appears like when looking east towards Calgary. The handsome fellow in the wolf willow patch is me.

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