Labour Day Long Weekend - Extended
We discovered a new gem that is fairly close to our place!
Big Hill Springs Trail is less than 30 minutes from our place, located in the Foothills natural region, where a large spring and series of small waterfalls and creeks flow year-round over rocky terrraces of lush growth of shrubs. The mounds of unusual tufa formation and several small waterfalls are the dominant features here. Tufa is a rock that forms when calcium and carbonate-rich water emerges from the ground. As the water comes to the surface, it releases carbon dioxide into the air and forms the calcium carbonate rock, tufa. Apparently, these tufa mounds have been forming for thousands of years and are still forming today. The trail winds through aspen forest and some pine trees. Shorelines of an ancient sea are visible from hereon. There are some areas of the trail, underneath thick trees, where it became muddy but we managed to make detours away from the trail path to higher ground occassionally docking under heavy lush and tree branches.
This 2Km trail loop made a very interesting and quiet stroll for us! Worth the visit.
Big Hill Springs - Alberta Canada
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