CONNECTIONS TEAM – SUMMER WALKS

Our walks continue this summer.
They will take place at 10:00am on Thursdays, with the next one being August 5.

  • We will walk for one to one and a half hours, depending on the walk.
  • We are asking for a donation of a toonie for each walk.
  • Rather than collect this at each walk, we ask that you donate online to Stride to Turn the Tide.

Our walks will align with Alberta Health COVID-19 recommendations.
Alberta is set to enter Stage 3 on July 1st if 70% of Albertans 12+ have received at least one vaccination dose. This means:

  1. All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings.
  2. Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain.
  3. The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.
  4. More information will be shared prior to the start of Stage 3.

To REGISTER and receive more details, email:  message@ujamaagrandmas.com.

Mark your calendars with the following dates and locations.

Griffith Woods
Griffith Woods is habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna including orchids, moose, deer, a variety of birds and its unique and sensitive natural spruce and balsam poplar forest. It is designated as a special protection natural environment park. Boardwalks cross the clear wetlands providing you with a great opportunity to see aquatic plants and invertebrates. The white spruce forest offers an ideal place to watch the birds and other wildlife that prefer the coniferous forest. It is one of the best places in the city to see species such as Northern Flickers, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Gray Jays that frequent this habitat. Check out this YouTube video describing Griffith Woods.
WHAT: Walk in Griffith Woods
WHEN: Thursday, August 5, 10:00 AM
MEET: Discovery Ridge Link in the parking lot
TERRAIN: 5 km, paved and gravel paths

Edworthy Park
Bordered by the Bow River and the community of Wildwood, Edworthy Park is a large diverse park and is a great year-round destination. Edworthy Park includes the natural areas of Douglas Fir Trail and Lawrey Gardens. The Bow River Pathway runs parallel to the river, and stays flat and level for a relaxed walk or bike the length of the park. Check out this You Tube describing Edworthy Park.
WHAT: Walk and picnic in Edworthy Park
WHEN: Thursday, August 12, 10:00 AM
MEET: 5050 Spruce Drive SW in the parking lot
TERRAIN: 3-4 km, paved and gravel paths

Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs
Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs is situated within a Birthplace Forest covering several acres of land. Within this area there are over fourteen individual gardens each displaying unique features and all identified with a hand-painted garden sign. These garden areas are all accessible by connecting walking paths of mulch leading throughout the entire area. Along these pathways leading to the various gardens are beautiful flowering shrubs, fruit trees and also a large variety of other featured shrubs and trees. Check here for more info.
WHAT: Walk in the Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs
WHEN: Thursday, August 19, 10:00 AM
MEET: 37 Silver Springs Drive NW, meeting location to be advised
TERRAIN: mulch paths

Airdrie Nose Creek Park
Nose Creek Regional Park, Airdrie is a lovey 20 acre park of natural area in the heart of the downtown core. This newly enhanced family oriented park boasts an amphitheatre, concession area and fire pit. The space also offers picnic tables, a covered shelter and nature trails, making it an appealing location for many community events. Nose Creek pond also stocks trout twice over the summer months and offers fishing as an option to spend some family time. Check here for a map of the park.
WHAT: Walk and picnic in Airdrie Nose Creek Park
WHEN: Thursday, August 26, 10:00 AM
MEET: in the far right hand end of the car park
DIRECTIONS: From the QEII Highway (Hwy #2 north) take the first Airdrie exit west to Yankee Valley Blvd. Take the first right north on to Main Street.  Drive about 1 km. The Park is on your left.  Drive in and follow to the far right hand end of the car park.
TERRAIN: about 4 km, flat paved paths