Bunchberry – Cornus canadensis (Canadian dwarf cornel, Canadian bunchberry, quatre-temps, crackerberry, creeping dogwood) is a species of flowering plant in the dogwood family that grows to a height of 20 cm (8 inches).
(Source of text and photo:Wikipedia)
Bunchberry Meadows is a 640 acre (250 hectare) parcel of native Parkland, west of Edmonton.
It features aspen parkland woods, as well as pockets of white spruce, tamarack, jack pine, and wetlands, giving way to diverse plant communities throughout the whole area. This natural area is an important refuge for wildlife, and is home to many species including moose, deer, squirrels, owls, hawks, and songbirds. Originally owned by several families who were good stewards for this natural area, it is now owned by the Edmonton and Area Land Trust (EALT) in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and is open to the public for year-round foot access at no charge. It has several kilometers of trails.
(Source:Edmonton and Area Land Trust)
We first heard about this place, during our last visit to Clifford E. Lee Sanctuary. It is much larger and more diverse and because dogs are not permitted, the chances of seeing wildlife are increased.
On the spur of the moment, we decided to give it a look today. It was a grey day with a bit of a wind. The site contains plenty of parking, picnic tables and washrooms.
The trails had been set with cross country ski trails, with the adjacent space beside the tracks packed down for walking.
While we saw evidence of deer, fox, rabbit and other animal tracks, the only wildlife we actually saw was the timid squirrel below.
In places, the snow was a bit loose and walking required more effort, but if we had been on skis or snowshoes, we would have had an easier time of it. Still, a nice 4 km walk.
Plenty of interpretive and directory signage
A few cross country skiers were about
The details, including a deer track (the tracks were everywhere along the trails)
We will be back in the future to see the place in the different seasons.