Last weekend, I joined some fellow EALT volunteers for the Volunteer Appreciation get-together and hike through Larch Sanctuary. Most, including Google Maps, know the natural space as Mactaggart Sanctuary (and, there’s even a sign calling it Mactaggart), but it is, in fact, Larch Sanctuary.
It’s a beautiful area and well worth the bus trip. There are lots of trails maintained only by their regular use, dense trees, friendly fellow hikers, and wildlife (we saw a hawk flying high above us and plenty of squirrels and birds). And, if you’re looking for a good workout, this is a good place to start. We were only there for a 1.5 hour meander, and we still did the equivalent of 34 floors (according to my Fitbit).
Oh, and, it’s officially autumn. Edmonton mostly turns a dusty yellow in the autumn, because we lack the glorious tree and shrub species I’m used to from back home, but there was still a fair amount of colour at the Larch Sanctuary. I’ll definitely be going back again.