Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in William Hawrelak Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful walk! Went on the off-leash trail, lots of friendly dogs and respectable people.

Good walk, a little boring at times but there are small paths that lead down closer to the lake. Also love the benches along the way

nice quick walk. lots of bugs however. must bring bug spray. parking is Also busy

4 months ago

Wide trail, all gravel. Easy walk in the woods. Parts of the trail are closed. Easy detour.

not too much gain, fun trail overall

It’s a nice trail but the majority of it is within the forest and that’s all you can see, you can barely see the river. So in springtime it’s mostly just brown scenery everywhere. It’s an easy walk with very little elevation but nothing extraordinary; still an enjoyable walk!

mountain biking
no shade
off trail
7 months ago

Snow covered and groomed. Small section along the river closed. Once you reach Groat bridge you either continue under the bridge or can turn back in the upper path. Only completed about s 1/3 of the trail. Lovely and can’t wait to go again in the upcoming moths.

Beautiful trails

Good for off leash hiking with your dogs and quite long.

On Sunday. May 8, 2018 while walking the previously marked pedestrian only dirt trail between Whitemud Park and Belgravia off-leash dog park, I was theatened with the words "if I have to go back to the beginning of this trail to view a sign that supposedly says no horses, no bikes, peds only; that will be the time that they will be dragging your body out of the river". Yes folks, I was threatened with death by the leader of an ~10 large pack of cyclists, most of which heard the threat but would not acknowledge hearing it. Now I understand that parts of that dirt trail are supposed to be off limits to all due to soil erosion and instability but I know for a fact that 10 days previous to today, there were two signs at the NE start of that trail that showed no horses, no bikes, pedestrians only. However, those signs no longer exist as it appears someone took some boltcutters to the no bikes, peds only sign and now the "killer" cyclists have laid claim to that entire dirt trail as they consider it unmarked and unmonitored. C'mon Christians of this city, back me up on this and have the city replace the removed sign and affix a sign stating properly, whom or what is or are allowed to use said dirt trail or at least admit that the city does not give a rat's ass to the safety of those of us elderly walkers who also have rights without having to fear "our bodies floating" in the North Saskatchewan River courtesy of rogue cyclists. Sorry about my language but this just happened to myself, my wife and our dog an hour ago!!

great run with gorgeous scenery, I extended an extra 2km by not turning at back into the park at the bridge. I continued straight on the path south and ran to the stairs going up to groat road and then down the hill back into the park.

This city hike took about an hour and a half with dependent on tow. On this particular day, there was a lot of people on the trails. The early yellow leaves were pretty but surprising to see so early. Not too many water views and lookouts. And a good portion had too much construction going on. I liked going through the different areas whether a dark forest, an open meadow, a hill with tall grass or some river side trails.

This was a fantastic trail! Well maintained, lots of friendly people and wildlife too! Will be going back again soon!!

From site 2 there is a great loop along the river that is zoned for off leash dog walking. This loop crosses an open area dog park as week. If you want to feel out of the city stay along the river.

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