Sheep River Ramblers

Sheep River Ramblers is a walking & hiking club at the Sheep River Library. We also snowshoe and cross-country ski in winter.

Founded in June 2013, this is a very active and fun initiative! With the financial assistance of a New Horizons Grant through the Government, the group has acquired walking poles, snowshoes, foldable nature guides and a number of other great items that Ramblers (who have priority) and other library patrons are welcome to borrow. And it's never too late to join us! Talk to Gita at the Library (call 403-933-3278 or email gita.library@gmail.com) about how you can become part of this great group. 


NEWS: Sheep River Ramblers is the WINNER of YOU Libraries People's Choice Award!

General Information

Sheep River Ramblers have their own theme song! We chose local artist’s Paul Rumbolt’s song “Walk With Us” 

Sheep River Ramblers have their own logo designed by one of the talented walkers. (see picture above)

Sheep River Ramblers had a booth at the Lifestyle & Wellness Festival portion of the Grande Cycling Tour of Alberta in September 2013 promoting our activities within the community.

Sheep River Ramblers have a Facebook group where we share information, photos from our outings and other pertinent information. This is a CLOSED group with its content only visible to the group’s members (search Sheep River Ramblers on Facebook).

Sheep River Ramblers exceeded every initial expectation. As the word spreads, the club is becoming more popular and growing in membership on a daily basis. There are currently 300 people on the Ramblers’ email list. All these individuals come on walks, hikes and rambles and they also attend educational and information sessions. There is a very regular ‘core’ group of individuals who commit to the program for every outing; there are others who join in when they are available. Many more members of the community have been taking advantage of the available equipment and informational materials purchased for the Ramblers’ program.

Equipment

26 pairs of walking poles have been purchased for the walkers to borrow and utilize;
18 pairs of adult snowshoes in 3 different sizes are available;
6 pairs of kids' snowshoes in 2 different sizes are available;
Marigold Library Headquarters, in partnership with UWALK program, supplied Sheep River Library with 25 pedometers for people to enjoy.
Kananaskis Country Explorer Packs are also available

Some of the outings have been extremely well attended, with 20 or more people participating at a time. New friendships were formed. People opened up to new social situations.

Weather permitting, walks, hikes and/or snowshoe and cross-country skiing outings in winter months are organized on a weekly basis. A group of 12 volunteers have stepped forward to facilitate the outings – those individuals received first aid training and a couple of them got certified as Outdoor Hiking Leaders with the Outdoor Council of Canada.

Sheep River Ramblers in the Media

Sheep River Ramblers have been featured in the local media a number of times.

Okotoks Western Wheel published an article about the Nordic Pole Walking Clinics in June 2013 (Pages 27 & 28)

The whole issue of the Okotoks Western Wheel Weekend edition was featuring snowshoeing and Ramblers in relation to it. This was in close cooperation and partnership with another local outdoor group, Full Circle Adventures.

Information & Education

Educational sessions have been organized with hired certified instructors in the following areas:

  • 2 Nordic Pole Walking sessions
  • Hiking & Snowshoeing Basics clinic
  • Wildlife safety, emphasis being laid on cougars and bears
  • 2 cross-country skiing lessons
  • A practical snowshoe basics class including an outdoor outing
  • An edible plant talk including an outdoor outing

What We Have Done

Two groups of about 20 people each were taken by bus to Upper Kananaskis Lake for the “big” fall hike in October 2013.

The most popular outing proved to be Solstice Snowshoe Walk in the Moonlight in December 2013, with 23 people in attendance.

Our most common route is Friendship Trail which is a paved pathway between the towns of Turner Valley and Black Diamond and is just over 6 km long going both ways. We have also walked and hiked in a number of other different places around the area including:

  • Sandy McNabb recreational area
  • Brown-Lowery Provincial Park
  • Grass Pass near Longview
  • Ptarmigan Cirque
  • Upper Kananaskis Lake
  • The Highwood area
  • Sheep River Valley
  • Ann & Sandy Cross-Conservation Area near Calgary
  • Blue Rock trails
  • Bragg Creek area
  • Priddis Greens Golf Course and more