Day 8 of The Spirit of Christmas for Mother Nature – only 4 more days to go!
Today, I am highlighting the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area. The land for these parks were donated by local families who wanted to conserve the unique ecosystems that these lands were on, while at the same time, sharing these properties with those that are interested in learning about their unique habitats. Both of these parks provide fantastic opportunities for children literally get down on their knees and explore!
Located on Highway 1A between Calgary and Cochrane, this park consists of 35K of paved and gravel trails that meander along the Bow River and pass through coulees, grasslands and significant cultural and historical features. The Harvie family donated the land for this park, for which they were honoured with the Nature Conservancy of Canada Alberta Order of Conservation. The parks interpretive centre, the Harvie’s homestead, provides educational and historical information on the park . The park offers a wide variety of very popular family programs.
The Cross Conservation area was donated by Ann and Sandy Cross for the protection of wildlife habitat and conservation education.
This 4,800 acre day use natural area is dedicated to:
- “protecting habitat and providing space for native species of wildlife,
- offering conservation education programs (particularly to youth) without jeopardizing wildlife and habitat, and
- managing human use of the ASCCA through ‘entry by registration only’.” Source- Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area
It is located very close to the south part of Calgary. It is lovely place to take the kids for a hike, or weather permitting, a snowshoe. If you plan on going with a group of 8 or more, you will need to register on-line. It is a lovely area, close to the south part of Calgary, and one that any age will enjoy.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hiking!