of Blackfoot Society
- 2017 Board of Directors
Interpretive Centre is currently in the annual Winter sleep
mode as Len And Jane are gone for the winter; however a few
activities are still occurring. During hot chocolate Sundays
we will be available if anyone wants to visit the Centre.
The Centre will also serve as the volunteer check-in point
on February 13 for the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski event.
Friends of Blackfoot and the Canadian Birkebeiner Society
will again be hosting Hot Chocolate Sundays at the shelter
at Waskehagen Staging Area on January 17, 24, 31, and February
7. A hot fire and hot chocolate and cookies will be available
each day between noon and 4 P.M. February 7 will also include
a hot dog barbeque.
are gratefully accepted to help defray the costs .
NEWS ... Brian Lucas
of January 1, 2016 the 28th Canadian Birkebeiner Cross Country
Ski Festival is just 44 days and counting !
is a new distance planned this year - the 40 km skate event
- yes skating on cross country skis . It will begin at Ukrainian
Village and finish at Waskehegan Staging Area.
course there will also be all the other distances as in the
past - the 55 with pack, 55 lite, 31 and Ole's Tour for the
young folk .
we could use more snow but it is coming little by little.
I am told Greg and Frank set tracks from Waskehegan to Islet
Lake on December 18th. Any snow dancing is welcome.
indoor events will be at the Agora room in Sherwood Park beginning
with a Volunteer Orientation / Appreciation evening for all
volunteers on Wednesday February 10th. On Friday the 12th
there will be a Nordic Fair beginning at noon.
all the Birkie planning group we offer a big thank you to
the Friends of Blackfoot for all the assistance you have given
us in the past - and for the wonderful Hot Chocolate on Sundays
preceding the event on Saturday February 13th .
any further information please check www.canadianbirkie.com
or phone Brian Lucas ~ 780 467 0524
TRAIL RIDING ASSOCIATION ...R.E. (Bob) Stevenson
Trail Riding Association " ATRA " is a registered, non-profit
equestrian organization actively involved in preserving the
natural environment for future generations' enjoyment of recreational
horse usage, e.g. riding & driving etc.
besides the promotion of horse activities attention is given
to protection of public lands, traditionally the domain of
the horse in Alberta . Many of Alberta's backcountry heritage
recreation areas are under increasing mechanical degradation
and complete loss of peace and tranquility . Hence, areas
prohibiting this destruction and abuse are becoming very difficult
an area exists, a short drive east of Edmonton. This former
Forest Reserve, the first in Canada (1899), was the Cooking
Lake Forest Reserve . From this land, came " Elk Park " (1906)
and officially (1913), a national park. Later, more forest
reserve lands were needed for bison. This left approximately
28,000 acres, now known as Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Provincial
Recreation Area (1988).
of "ATRA" utilize the upwards of 85 kms of equestrian trails
year around. Facilities for all users have increased over
time. Many trails are "multi-use" while others cater
to specific usage. For the horse users close liaison through
the Friends of Blackfoot Society (FOB) and on to the staff
of Alberta Parks, ensures an ongoing dialogue with other users
in the area.
ATRA has donated money for trail enhancement, hitching rail
replacement, staging area expansion, trail flood mitigation,
including realignment for the popular Blackfoot Trail. As
a principal stakeholder, ATRA strongly supports other user
groups such as the annual high profile, cross country ski
event, the "Birkebeiner", plus other athletic races and outdoor
meets on the 3rd Thursday of most months at 7 P.M. Excellent
educational speakers discuss equestrian activities, clinics
and enjoyable social times with other horse lovers. Unless
otherwise specified, meetings are held in Edmonton at Kirk
United Church. New members are welcome . Please check website
for more information ... http://atra.ca/index.htm.
FOR YOUR GENEROUS
CASH DONATION TO AID WITH TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS IN BLACKFOOT
THE FRIENDS OF
HUNTING UPDATES ... Jim Shewfelt - Firearms Instructor/EFGA
are gradually winding down across the province and at Cooking
Lake - Blackfoot, the only season still open is for upland
game birds closing January 15 .
appear to be recovering to some extent because of the last
couple of milder winters and a drop in the number of predators
(wolves , cougars). A number of area users have reported seeing
black bears in the region this past year and in the summer
we noted a large amount of bear sign. Whitetail deer numbers
still appear to be low, however there seems to be an increasing
population of mule deer. Moose also seem to be enjoying healthy
populations and are really over abundant in some areas of
to hunting activities in Blackfoot we need to be aware that
on top of the regulated hunting seasons that First Nations
people hunt here year round. No one is allowed to hunt in
Blackfoot on Sundays . All hunters must obtain a Firearms
Discharge Permit before hunting in the Blackfoot. First time
hunters and those that are drawn for any big game draws (elk
& moose) also have to attend a Hunter Safety Training Seminar.
Let us also consider the fact that all hunters must have or
must be accompanied with someone that has a Firearms Licence
and that person must have completed and passed a Federal Firearms
Safety Course as well as successfully passing an extensive
criminal record check, etc. They must also complete a Hunter
Education Course before they can purchase a Hunting Licence
. Given the extents of the requirements to just be able to
legally hunt this also is indicative of the safety that is
instilled in hunting as a recreation.
explanation will allay some of the fears non-hunters may have
your friends. Say "Hi" to them should you run into them out
there. Remember if it were not for hunters, most of the wildlife
and wild areas we all enjoy today would have been lost and
not here for us to enjoy.
ALERT FROM STRATHCONA COUNTY CITIZENS ON PATROL
the past few months there has been a rash of mail box break
ins. These have been mostly occurring in rural areas with
an increase in activity during the month of December. We would
ask everyone to keep a watchful eye and if you observe suspicious
activity around any mail boxes phone Strathcona County RCMP
@ 780 467 7741.
safe to do so, try to obtain a vehicle plate number as well
as a description of the vehicle and occupants. We can all
work together to put these scum bags in jail where they belong.
Let's keep our communities safe and crime free.
Shewfelt - President - Strathcona County Citizens on Patrol
July 16, 2016
AM to 4 PM
& Wagon Rides
the Interpretive Centre
Dogs - Pop - Ice Cream - Cake
Welcome - Bring your Family - Bring your Friends
Jan 31 - Hot
Chocolate Sunday - Waskehegan Staging Area
Feb 7 - Hot Dog
and Chocolate Sunday - Waskehegan Staging Area
Feb 13 - Canadian
Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Festival - All Staging Areas
Mar 10 - 13 Edmonton
Boat & Sportsmen's Show - Edmonton Expo Centre
Jul 16 - Parks
Day - Waskehagen Staging Area
Jul 16 - Devon
Discovery Walkers - Waskehagen to Meadow
Sep 1 - Migratory
Bird Hunting Season opens *
Oct 15 - Archery
Hunting Season opens for Moose & Elk *
Nov 2 - Rifle
Hunting Season for Elk & Moose opens - Draw Only *
Nov 9 - White
Tail Deer Hunting Season opens *
Firearms Discharge Permit Required for any of these activities