Nature Walks for Canada's 150th

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Edmonton and Area Land Trust (EALT) hosted nature walk events in rural and urban locations. The guided nature walks introduced environmental stewardship, and inspired a deeper appreciation of our natural heritage and understanding of how nature has shaped our communities and country.

EALT gratefully acknowledges that Canada’s Indigenous peoples were the original stewards of the land. EALT is honoured to now steward over 2,000 acres of local nature to benefit all. Our unique project, Celebrate 150 Acres of Canada’s Natural Heritage, featured 150 acres of EALT’s conservation lands including Larch Sanctuary in the City of Edmonton, and Pipestone Creek Conservation Lands located in Wetaskiwin County.

Larch Sanctuary

Larch Sanctuary

Pipestone Creek Conservation Lands

Pipestone Creek Conservation Lands

In mid-July, EALT hosted guided nature tour events at each location. Over 75 visitors, including newcomers to Canada, experienced nature on the tours, learned about local nature conservation efforts, and received materials to read more about implementing environmental stewardship in their own yards. View photos from July 11th here and July 15th here.

The tours were well received and participants gave glowing reviews:

“An enjoyable pace through a relaxing and beautiful environment enhanced by insight regarding history and future initiatives. A tour well planned and initiated.”
“Although I had heard of the EALT previously, I didn’t fully understand or appreciate the work they do. So grateful I was able to participate in this guided walk to learn more about our protected areas, nature, and the EALT.”
“Fantastic tour with the EALT Staff & Interns who are passionate about stewarding the Larch Sanctuary site for generations of Edmontonians to enjoy. … A GEM in the City for all to revere and enJOY!”

Participants were also given the opportunity to take action by assembling a nest box to provide a home for a chickadee on EALT’s natural areas and were encouraged to explore nature further on their own by entering in a draw for a free EALT’s Nature Kit for Kids

The tours at Larch Sanctuary and Pipestone Creek Conservation Lands are also set up as self-guided tours. A tour booklet can be downloaded from EALT’s website onto participants’ smartphones and can be followed as they walk along the trails and locate the numbered signs.

Would you like to go for a self-guided tour? Click here to find out more about Larch Sanctuary, find driving directions, and download the self-guided tour booklet. Find out more about Pipestone Creek Conservation Lands by clicking here, find driving directions, and download the self-guided tour booklet.

This initiative was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Edmonton Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.