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Beaver Creek Baby Adventure

Though we all love a hot summer day, there’s something extra special about the fall. The return of the crisp temperatures marks a more productive season. The air is more invigorating and there’s an urgency to get shit done. Fall is some of my favourite weather for heading outdoors, and hitting up Beaver Creek Conservation area with some babies and a toddler was a perfect outing. 

 

 

A quick stop at the interpretive centre gave us some info and a place to fill our water bottles, and then we were off. Pockets full of bird seed, we set out down the Beaver Creek trails. The highlight of a Beaver Creek hike is feeding the chickadees! When you put out your hand with a few seeds, little birds come and eat them right out of your palm. It’s a magical sensation, even more so for a sweet toddler like Finn!

 

 

The trails are groomed and easy walking for young children. Leave the stroller at home though — the hilly paths are far easier done with a carrier. Walking the easy path slowly (very, very slowly) takes about an hour. There’s a chance to stop for some learning, bird feeding and creek-sitting along the way. 

 

 Why is it Called Beaver Creek?

It may not surprise you to find out that spotting a beaver along the trails is a common occurrence. These beavs keep the creek habitat teeming with wildlife. Beavers build dams that flood waters upstream, creating beaver ponds, and many plants and animals make their homes in these sheltered ponds. Ecologists call beavers “ecosystem engineers” because they physically alter habitats by cutting down trees, building dams, digging canals and building lodges. This has a huge impact on the distribution and abundance of many other animals and plants, some for better and others for worse. Because they affect their ecosystem more than any other mammal (except humans!), beavers get a hard rap.

 

Where is Beaver Creek?

Beaver Creek Conservation Area is located approximately 13 km south of Saskatoon. Starting at Lorne Avenue, take Highway #219 south of Saskatoon. After about 12 km you will see a sign “Beaver Creek East.” This sounds tricky, but do not turn here. Continue past this sign about 1 km to a sign on the right reading “Beaver Creek Conservation Area.” Turn right and follow the winding road to the parking lot.

 

Directions to Beaver Creek

Seasonal Hours of Operation

Open year round, Beaver Creek Conservation Area provides different perks all year. Last year I brought my nieces and nephews at Christmastime and we all had a blast. 

May – August 2019

  • Tuesday – Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • Mondays CLOSED

September – October 2019 (& January – April 2020)

  • Tuesday – Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm 
  • Mondays CLOSED

November – December 24 2019

  • Tuesday – Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays CLOSED

December 25 2019 – CLOSED

December 26 2019 – January 5 2020

  • Tuesday – Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays CLOSED

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