Last Stand at Blind Canyon
August 1st, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Blind Canyon, Twin Butte, Alberta
Join NCC and the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (CCWC) on a stunning hike into Blind Canyon to tackle invasive weeds on this site which, while remote, is not immune to encroachment from invasive plants.
Please note, the event involves a one hour up-hill hike to access the site, so all participants must be physically prepared & equipped for a strenuous day of hiking. Packhorses will be used to assist in removal of the weeds.
If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!
Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.
Conserved in partnership with Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) and Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA), Blind Canyon is scenically located along the front slopes of the Rocky Mountains, southwest of Twin Butte. The property, originally purchased by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation of Canada, was acquired by NCC, ACA and AFGA in 2009 when the foundation closed its Canadian operations.
Two creeks flow through the property, which features an old homestead site from the 1920s. The property is also part of a key movement corridor for wide-ranging carnivores, such a grizzly bears and wolverine. This area along the Rocky Mountain slopes is a haven for a diverse range of plant life as well. Nine rare species have been documented on the property, including limber pine and mariposa lily.What you will be doing
In partnership with the Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition, we will be embarking on our 2nd annual volunteer-powered weed pull at an old farm site in the front ranges of Blind Canyon. We'll be targeting several restricted and noxious weeds, including burdock.Why you will love it
Enjoy a stunning hike into Blind Canyon led by local guide, Wendy Ryan. Take in the beautiful scenery and learn about both the natural and human history of the area.Questions?
Contact Emma Dunlop: Emma.Dunlop@natureconservancy.ca
The group will rendezvous at Twin Butte before carpooling to the site.
All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snack and drink. However, you will need to pack these items in to the site. We also ask that you please bring a lunch with you for the day, as well as a minimum 2L of water.
Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine. Pack horses will be used to help haul weeds.
While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:
- Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support
- Light layers of clothing
- Rainwear (in case weather changes)
- Minimum 2L of water
- Camera (recommended)
- Any necessary medications