New adventures await you!
Sean on the "Great Alberta Parks Bike-a-Thon" in July 2021
Bikepacking the Upper Oldman
Something for first-time bikepackers and old pros
September 19-20, 2022

Join avid cyclist Sean Nichols for a chance to cycle a spectacular section of the Oldman River watershed. This fully-supported trip will allow those new to bikepacking a chance to try it in a welcoming setting. For those who already know and love the sport, this trip offers a chance to visit remote sections of the Oldman River and learn about the importance of the headwaters of our Eastern Slopes, as well as the threats to the health of the wilderness, water, and wildlife that calls them home.

Sean has biked in places around the globe, including South America and an epic seven-month-long trip across Russia. Last year his Adventure for Wilderness took him to 82 parks in Alberta that were slated for closure by the Government of Alberta. You can read about his experience on page seven of the Summer 2022 issue of AWA's Wild Lands Advocate. If you have a bike and are reasonably fit, this is your chance to experience Wild Alberta on two wheels!
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Upcoming Adventures

Orphan Oil and Gas Wells and Foothills Geology

August 27, 2022
with Tako Koning

This road trip begins at Frank Lake, where Conservation Specialist Ruiping Luo will discuss the importance of this area and the threats posed by a proposed solar development. The trip then continues south and west, through interesting geological features and the site of an orphan gas well. 

An educational trip through a beautiful landscape

Biodiversity Bees in Brentwood

Every Tuesday evening until Aug. 30
with Polly Knowlton Cockett

Please join us for a work bee every Tuesday evening until Aug 30. An act of social stewardship through biodiversity conservation by removing invasive species from the Centennial Natureground and Whispering Woods – tucked away in a corner of Brentwood, in northwest Calgary.

Socialize and do some good 

Fall Hike in White Rock Coulee to the South Saskatchewan River

September 3, 2022
with Heinz Unger

Join us on a unique opportunity to access and see a remote and rarely visited Provincial Natural Area featuring beautiful rock formations in the Medicine Hat area. We will hike down one branch of the White Rock coulee, then along the South Saskatchewan River bank across from the Suffield National Wildlife Area, and explore a different coulee before returning.

You can see photos and the writeup from the June hike to White Rock Coulee in the photo gallery here.

Discover this hidden treasure

Sand Hills/Horse Lake Hike

October 2, 2022
with Heinz Unger

Join Heinz and his son Kris on a colourful fall hike through the aspen and pine woods, first to the rare Sand Hills overlooking a large wetland and Horse Lake, the headwater of Aura Creek, which runs into Waiparous Creek and the Ghost River. The wetland has new beaver dams and wild horses are often seen on this hike. This seldom visited area is worth a Sunday afternoon outing..

Enjoy the autumn splendor

Safety in Bear Country

September 10, 2022
with Sarah Elmeligi

Author and conservationist Sarah Elmeligi has spent years studying how bears use the landscape in Alberta’s National Parks. Join this adventure for the chance to hike with a bear expert in bear habitat. In this adventure for all ages, learn about how to look for and recognize bear sign on the trail, how to plan for a hike in bear habitat, and how to peacefully coexist with bears and safely recreate on the landscapes they call home.

An accessible adventure for the whole family 

Ice, Glaciers, Gravel & Oil - Cochrane North Field Trip

September 17, 2022
with Tako Koning

This adventure is a road trip where we will see various forms of magnificent glacial geology in the Cochrane & Lochend areas and also see a rapidly developing program of hydraulic fracking for oil in the Lochend area. Gerry Bietz, President of the Bighill Creek Preservation Society will join us to talk about their efforts to protect this environmentally unique and fragile area from a proposed gravel pit in the area.

A unique opportunity to explore and learn

Bikepacking the Upper Oldman

September 19 & 20, 2022
with Sean Nichols

This 2-day-long bikepacking trip will follow the upper Oldman River from the Oldman Falls near the continental divide, downhill and through the Livingstone Gap, then out across the foothills as we trace the river’s route past the Oldman Reservoir where it becomes a meandering, middle aged river through to Fort MacLeod. 

Explore one of Albertas precious watersheds on two wheels

Equinox Art Adventure

September 21, 2022
with Barbara Amos

Celebrate the fall equinox on a day of natural art discovery with artist Barbara Amos. No previous art skills necessary! Barbara will lead participants in an adventure to collect natural items from the forest floor and creatively repurpose them into artwork and/or creative photographs.

Discover your inner artist!

Tryst Lake - Fall Larch Hike

September 25, 2022
with Chris Saunders

This is a one day hike to one of the most beautiful lakes in Alberta and a chance to learn about this magnificent wilderness area. The views are spectacular and the needles of the many alpine larches may have turned a golden colour when we are there. It is also a chance learn about some of the geography and plant life of the area.

Larch madness

In case you missed it...

Tryst Lake Summer Hike
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Here's an excerpt from what poeople wrote about the Adventure:
"...The lower part of the trail, with its damp conditions, supports many moisture-dependent species including some impressive cow parsnip and patches of bilberry. Further up the trail there is substantial avalanche damage which has destroyed the spruce trees and allowed willows to flourish. In the long narrow valley leading up to the lake there were carpets of flowers, mainly paintbrush in a variety of different colours, aster and arnica.

On reaching the lake, there was just enough clear dry land for the group to walk around the margin of the lake to the west end in order to have lunch in the boulder fields. A resident hoary marmot visited briefly. Lunch was brief because after a few minutes numerous insects descended on the group. It was always necessary to keep moving to avoid them. The vegetated area at the west end of the lake contained numerous flowers including forget-me-not, valerian, fleabane and many chalice flowers...."


What is Adventures for Wilderness?

Adventures for Wilderness is AWA's annual program to engage Albertans in wilderness conservation. We believe an Adventure can be anything from climbing a mountain, to walking by the river, to enjoying the beauty of nature in your own backyard! Visit our website to learn about the Adventures this season and how you can support Alberta Wilderness Association.
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We live and work across the traditional lands of the First Nations and Métis peoples of Alberta, including Treaties 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10. We express gratitude and respect for these lands and commit to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples to ensure justice, equality, and sustainability for all people and the natural world we rely on.

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