Discovering new paths: Glenbow Ranch honours the previous and builds to the longer term

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What’s the most misplaced you’ve ever felt?

I believe again to a crowded room on the evening of the 2021 Calgary municipal election. After an in depth race, I’d misplaced my bid to turn into Calgary’s mayor by a surprising margin. Looking to a sea of upset supporters, I started my concession speech. I held it collectively till I noticed my mother start to cry.

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I believed my life was over. The morning after, my telephone rang.

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It was my mentor, who stated: “This isn’t the primary time, and it gained’t be the final. Don’t take no for a solution.”

He was proper; my life wasn’t over. If something, it was about to start. However I may be cussed. Time wanted to go earlier than I understood the lesson.

There’s no higher strategy to clarify, than to say I felt a calling.

With solely what I may keep on my again, I went down into the desert, up by the mountains, throughout raging rivers, and even additional nonetheless. Days turned weeks, weeks turned months, and seasons modified.

I put one foot in entrance of the opposite. I walked till my lips cracked and the blisters on my toes turned an excessive amount of to bear. And I saved strolling. 

I began alone, however I completed with pals. I had no thought what I used to be on the lookout for – however I knew it when I discovered it. Peace.

It was additionally a quest to trek the 4,300-km Pacific Crest Path from Mexico to Canada to boost funds for Massive Brothers and Massive Sisters.

Subsequent, I discovered myself, in additional methods than one, at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Having travelled far and extensive, I can inform you that this place, and what it represents, is particular. Created in 2011 by the collaboration and imaginative and prescient of the Harvie household and the provincial authorities, Glenbow Ranch is quintessentially Albertan.

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Positioned just some minutes’ drive outdoors of Cochrane or Calgary, a go to will reward you with lovely views of glacier-carved ranchland set to the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains’ japanese slopes. And that’s to say nothing of the park’s wealthy historical past, and plentiful wildlife.

Nice issues don’t occur by chance. Since our founding, the Glenbow Ranch Park Basis has stepped as much as steward the three,300-acre park by a novel co-management mannequin with Alberta Parks. Our staff of workers and volunteers has contributed tens of 1000’s of hours and greater than $15 million towards the park, offering award-winning conservation and teaching programs for over 6,000 college students and 180,000 guests per 12 months.

We’re seeking to the longer term by supporting Cochrane Rotary in finishing the ultimate bridge wanted for the Calgary-to-Cochrane path. As a shining jewel within the best path community in historical past – the 28,000-km Trans Canada Path – we’ll quickly welcome over one million guests per 12 months. These travellers will come from far and extensive, to our yard, to expertise the easiest that Canada has to supply.

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The longer term gained’t be with out challenges. The province is presently learning the feasibility of a brand new “Glenbow East” dam. Have been it to proceed, it could erase a whole lot of tens of millions of {dollars} of personal and public funding, destroying not less than 1 / 4 of Glenbow Ranch, and the whole thing of close by Haskayne Legacy Park. We want to be a companion in reaching an answer that can protect each treasured parks – and maintain Calgary secure within the occasion of a future flood.

Thanks to the numerous neighborhood champions who’ve stepped as much as assist this slice of heaven on earth. Whether or not you’re a good friend new or outdated, know that you just’ll at all times be welcome to search out peace, right here with us, at Glenbow Ranch.

Former metropolis councillor Jeromy “Pathfinder” Farkas is Chief Government Officer on the Glenbow Ranch Park Basis, with a mission to guard and promote one among Alberta’s signature provincial parks by engagement, training, and conservation.   [email protected]

Look ahead to a brand new month-to-month column from Farkas on native hikes, beginning Dec. 9, within the Calgary Herald and at

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