From ice fishing to spring hiking at Newell

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From ice fishing to spring hiking at Newell


By SNOWSEEKERS Staff for #BucketlistAB

Brooks, AB – As the ice gets thinner on Lake Newell and those who like to drop a line in a fishing hole start leaving the lake, you may think there’s not much left to do during the tail-end of the winter season. You would be mistaken.

Though the trails aren’t groomed, cross-country skiers can often be seen on the lake, especially along its east shoreline, which nestles up to the Kinbrook Island Provincial Park. Depending on snow levels, the Kinbrook Marsh Nature Trail is perfect for either snowshoeing or spring hiking. The trail is roughly 4.5km and is clearly marked.

A side bonus is the Kinbrook park area is also a favoured spot for birds. With migrations starting, now is the perfect time of year to enjoy a little bird watching. Pack the binoculars, the camera, lace up the hiking boots or strap on some snowshoes and enjoy a quiet day out on the trail – without all the summer visitors.

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Another great hiking area minutes from Brooks and 20 minutes from Lake Newell is the Tillebrook Provincial Park. The trail here is short and perfect for that snap decision to get out, stretch the legs and enjoy some sunshine. But if you’re looking for something more, the place to head is Dinosaur Provincial Park.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is only 30 minutes from Brooks, and while the park “officially” opens April 6 for guided tours, there are five self-guided trails that range from 20 minutes to an hour. The trails are foot-trails only, so at this time of year, a good pair of hiking boots is all you need. Because of the sensitive ecosystem of the park, visitors are asked to stick to the clearly-signed trails.

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If you’d like to get off the trail, you’ll need to wait until the guided tours begin in April. These tours definitely get you into the spirit of the palaeontologist with excursions ranging from one day to multi-day outings. And seriously, who wouldn’t want to do a Dinosaur Preserve Walk or go on a Fossil Safari?

Guided tours also have another advantage – not only do they take you into the bone beds and excavations sites, but what you might mistake for a rock could be a fossil; your guide will help you differentiate between the two.

The scenery in the park is incredible and other-worldly, and with fossils, local wildlife and the spectacular views, you definitely don’t want to forget your camera.

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Regardless if your day includes some Nordic skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, before you set out from Brooks, make sure to drop by the Steaming Cup. Proprietor, Sandy Haberman-Melvill and her team will set you up for the day with a steaming cup of freshly ground Madhatter Coffee Roastery from Medicine Hat. And at the end of the day, Piston Broke Brewery is the perfect spot to grab a bite and share your day’s stories. Make sure to try a tasty pint of the X-Cross Red Ale.

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When You Go

Read more about Newell via this one day itinerary.

The folks from Newell Tourism will help make your trip smooth.

Travel Alberta can help get your ready to experience Newell here.

The community of Brooks is around two hours east of Calgary and approximately five hours from Regina. Lake Newell is only 10 mins south from the City of Brooks. Trebled Life will supply all fishing gear, however you will need a $10 fishing license that you can purchase from Canadian Tire and other sporting goods stores.

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