For those who hate hiking, we have a simple flat walking path you are going to love. Edmonton's boardwalk trail is a hidden gem worth finding this summer. It gives you all photo ops and highs of hiking without all the work.
Just a 35-minute drive from Edmonton, you can visit Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary. The protected park is a massive 348 acres. To give you an idea of just how big that is, picture hundreds of football fields next to each other.
In one short visit, you can see varied landscapes including, marshland, forest and meadows. It is almost like getting multiple day-trips all in one.
There are four different paths to pick from, including the Boardwalk Loop near the parking lot. As the name suggests, you'll follow a wooden walkway next to swaying cattails over the wet marsh.
You'll be able to stop at the viewing platforms over the water, where you can see all sorts of adorable animals and birds. Some of the creatures you might see are swans, beavers, herons, bald eagles, ducks and fluffy owls.
The entire route only takes a few minutes to complete, and then you can head home. Or, if you are willing to go further, there are three other trails to discover.
Next, you'll pass the peaceful Aspen Ridge and Pine Knoll, where you'll see chipmunks and squirrels scampering and if you are lucky white-tailed deer or a moose. Both sections are a breeze to do as they are under one kilometre.
Then you'll arrive at a flower paradise. The Woodland Flower Trail is slightly under two kilometres and is exploding with colours in the spring and summer.
There is almost something in bloom, like Fairy Bells, honeysuckle, Lily-of-the-valley, or Primrose. The scene is straight out of a fantasy movie, with a field covered in buds in yellow, white, purple and red.
Next time your bank account is looking extra empty, head here for free outdoor fun with your friends.
Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary
Address: Spruce Grove, AB
Why You Need To Go: You can follow a flat boardwalk for views over the water.
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