Is the town of Bonnyville for the birds? Yep. It’s for enthusiastic birdwatchers,
too. They have easy access to watching the shorebirds and waterfowl that flock
to Jessie Lake along the town’s southern edge. More than 200 bird species can
be spotted in the area, along with birders of all ages.
“Goodness, everyone loves birding around here,” says resident David Beale,
a wildlife photographer who loves strolling the all-season paved path around
Jessie Lake, especially when chicks are emerging in springtime.
“I’m not the most fit person in the world but like others, I can walk around
the lake and enjoy getting out in the fresh air without even thinking that I’m
exercising. There are two towers that you can climb and I’ve done so to get,
pardon the expression, a ‘bird’s-eye view.’ ”
For more information on the region’s bird paradise,
visit md.bonnyville.ab.ca and search Bird Watching.
Clinton Polec and his family are hard-core geo caching enthusiasts. Medicine
Hat, a city that has embraced the pursuit, has more than 3,000 geo cache
treasures. So far, the Polecs have found all but a handful, says Polec. At a cache
you log your find. Treasures range from coins to toy figurines; they’re usually
small, fun trinkets. The tradition is that when you take something, you leave
something of equal or greater value.
Polec is one of a handful of grassroots geo cachers who has helped to build
participation locally and put the city on the map internationally for the pursuit.
The annual SAW (Southern Alberta Weekend) geo cache event that runs in
Medicine Hat the third weekend every August draws people as far away as
Germany and Abu Dhabi.
“I’m passionate about geo caching because it’s me against the cache, and
it’s a great way for my wife (Virginia), son (Scott, 15) and daughter (Abby,
12) to all get out walking, running, stretching, whatever it takes to find
Visit tourismmedicinehat.com and search Geocaching
to learn more about geo caching in Medicine Hat.
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