Walking the Trails in Assiniboine Park

Until my last move, I have always lived east of Assiniboine Park and always entered from the east. Since I moved west of the park a couple of months ago, I found out that there is a large western side of the park with trails. I have now been entering the west side and driving through to the zoo and I’ve noticed plenty of people riding bikes and walking on the paved trails.

Today, I decided it was time for me to walk those trails. I drove to the park, entered the west gate and parked the car. The temperature was a balmy +4C and the sun was shining for most of the walk – but I didn’t take a lot of photos. I did talk to a few dogs who were out walking with their people.

At the pedestrian bridge, the river seems to be mostly frozen, but I doubt if the ice is very thick (although I wasn’t about to test it).

After walking onto the bridge to take those photos, I went back on the path, taking a short detour to wander through the English Gardens. Although I heard and saw a few Chickadees, I only managed one – out of focus – photo, which I deleted. I knew it was a Chickadee, but not everyone would – LOL.

I walked back towards the car in a more leisurely stroll than I had used on the way in and stopped twice to take a couple more photos of the Assiniboine River.

There was a part of the trail that heads into the bush and I didn’t know where it came out again – so I followed it. I did think it would come out back close to where I was parked – but I was wrong. It headed into a neighbourhood with some very nice and probably expensive homes. But, all was not lost because I found a very handsome White-tailed Deer taking a stroll.

He was just casually strolling through someone’s yard.

At that point I turned and went back into the park and followed the road back to my car.

My FitBit tells me I walked about 6.5 km (4 miles) on my stroll along the trails.

I haven’t checked the forecast for tomorrow’s weather, but hopefully I’ll be able to get out somewhere to walk.

I found out this morning that Fort Whyte Alive has had to close. They were hoping they could stay open with the changes they made, but unfortunately, it will be closed until things are allowed to re-open.