Calgary’s Jackrabbit Trail, fun in the winter
It’s snowing outside so grab your boots, and perhaps a pair of cleats after a chinook melt (get these traction devices at Mountain Equipment Co-op) and explore the single track, Jackrabbit Trail at the Glenmore Reservoir; one of my favourite urban wilderness walks.
Chickadees are your constant companions on this wilderness trail that dips and climbs through the forest just below the popular paved Glenmore Pathway. Within minutes of the trailhead, you leave the paved path and begin a shaded walk on a rolling single track dirt trail. All along you enjoy intermittent views of the Glenmore Reservoir below. The Reservoir is Calgary’s largest body of water, and is a friendly sight for all homesick east or west coasters who craves large bodies of water. Just throw some salt in the air and this prairie walk becomes a imaginary seaside stroll.
Kids love this rolling trail through the forest. The narrow path grows wider when you enter the more official Weaslehead trail system. Keep your eyes peeled for moose, bear and bobcats. While the moose and bear sightings will be rare, these animals do visit the reservoir. They follow the Elbow River Valley into the Weaslehead and the city. This wild walkabout in the heart of the city is the perfect spot to recharge and soak up the sights and sounds of nature.
I suggest a post-walk pit stop at the Good Earth Cafe in Glenmore Landing or a stop at Montreal Bagels at Heritage and Elbow Drive, for fresh, hot bagels . THE BEST BAGLES IN CALGARY BY FAR!