Fenland

Banff, Alberta

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This is a self-guiding nature walk. It passes through a rich breeding ground for birds and mammals. There are opportunities to see beaver, bald eagle, and osprey in a variety of habitats near the banks of Forty Mile Creek, which loops beside First Vermilion Lake on its way to Echo Creek and the Bow River. (Forty Mile Creek becomes Echo Creek where it joins the outlet stream from Vermilion Lakes.) In June the trail is usually closed because elk use the area to raise their young. In calving season, cow elk become more aggressive because they are protecting their young and their calving territories; bull elk are most likely to attack people in the autumn rut. It is dangerous as well as illegal to use this trail or any other Park trail when it is closed. Remember that people have been seriously injured after getting too close to elk at any time of year; in the fall rut and in calving season you must keep an even greater distance from them.

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"This is a self-guiding nature walk. It passes through a rich breeding ground for birds and mammals. There are opportunities to see beaver, bald eagle, and osprey in a variety of habitats near the banks of Forty Mile Creek, which loops beside First Vermilion Lake on its way to Echo Creek and the Bow River. (Forty Mile Creek becomes Echo Creek where it joins the outlet stream from Vermilion Lakes.)

In June the trail is usually closed because elk use the area to raise their young. In calving season, cow elk become more aggressive because they are protecting their young and their calving territories; bull elk are most likely to attack people in the autumn rut. It is dangerous as well as illegal to use this trail or any other Park trail when it is closed. Remember that people have been seriously injured after getting too close to elk at any time of year; in the fall rut and in calving season you must keep an even greater distance from them."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 0.9
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Fenland

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May 2018