Camino: A quiet walk through the countryside.
Camino Edmonton: Five days in June walking along the North Saskatchewan River.
Camino Santiago is a famous walking trail in Europe. Thousands walk all or parts of the Camino every year, each for their own reasons, . The entire 850 kilometers take about five weeks. Here in the capital region, we have our own potential Camino route along Canada’s Great Trail, formerly known as TransCanada Trail. Last year, 2018, a small band of walkers set out to test the possibility. The entire route, from Devon to Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan / Lamoureux took five days covering a distance of 100 km. Three people walked the entire route. Another nine walked parts of it. This trail system is a work in progress. Some pieces have been in place since the 1970s. Others were completed just last summer. Hearty thanks must be extended to the River Valley Alliance, for their efforts over many years to make this trail system a reality. RVA is a not-for-profit company made up of the seven municipalities with land along the North Saskatchewan from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan. They are creating the largest urban trail system in North America. Year One of Camino Edmonton was a fine success with sunshine and roses all the way. We are going to try it again with Camino Edmonton 2019.
Please Note: The Camino Edmonton is not (yet) an organization, just a collection of friends and acquaintances who like to walk, and who love our river valley. To keep things simple, walkers are responsible for their own arrangements including transportation, food and supplies. If you would like to walk with us, for as many days as you’d like, call or text Graham at 780-707-6379 or Sheila at 780-468-9218.
The Plan: Camino Edmonton 2019
We will walk for five days: Friday, June 7 – Tuesday, June 11
- Days begin with ‘muster’ at 8:30. Walking begins at 9:00. Everyone finds their own pace, and groupings shift throughout the day. Days end around 4:00 with a social hour. This year’s Camino Edmonton begins at the historic village of Lamoureux, across the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) from Fort Saskatchewan. This is the major junction for the TransCanada Trail (now called The Great Trail – or TGT ) The TGT splits here – heading west and north. The main branch traces the Carlton Trail which has been used since time immemorial. It comes west through Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon, then passes through Edmonton and onward to the Pacific Ocean. The northern branch follows the old Athabasca Landing Trail to Athabasca. Here the Great Trail splits again. The land trail goes north along Lesser Slave Lake to Peace River and finally onward to Tuktoyaktuk. The water route follows the Athabasca, Slave and Mackenzie Rivers to the Arctic Ocean. Our Camino begins at a place of significance on Canada’s Great Trail. We are heading upstream and west. Each of the five days will be distinctive.
- Lamoureux – Fort Saskatchewan – Strathcona County
- Strathcona County – Edmonton
- Urban Edmonton
- West Edmonton Whitemud Creek
- Devon – Prospectors Point – Parkland County – University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Please Note: The Camino Edmonton is not (yet) an organization, just a collection of friends and acquaintances who like to walk, and who love our river valley. To keep things simple, walkers are responsible for their own arrangements including transportation, food and supplies. If you would like to join us, for as many days as you’d like, call or text Graham at 780-707-6379 or Sheila at 780-468-9218.