With the West LRT line passing close by my house and the Ctrain network extending all the way down to Fish Creek I figured it would be an easy, relatively fast, and warm! option for getting down there and back without a car.
|All aboard the fatbike express!|
Temperatures when I was at the station waiting were around -11c with it forecast to drop a little throughout the day. Total time to get from my front door to Canyon Meadows station (start of the ride) was a reasonable 45 minutes.
Fish Creek Park was also damaged in the June floods and as a result many of the designated mountain bike trails were impassable or simply gone altogether. Navigating through the park to find the good trails was a little bit of guessing, remembering past rides, and blind luck.
At one point I found myself out on Fish Creek itself, riding along in a ski/snowshoe trough that seemed to have followed the entire length of the creek through the park - cool! That was pretty unique but I wanted to find my way back into the forest singletracks that meander throughout the valley bottom so I veered off into the forest at my earliest opportunity.
|I might like these trails better than West Bragg Creek!|
The trail network in the park is amazing! I know people love riding the West Bragg Creek trails (45 min. drive west of Calgary) but I'd suggest giving Fish Creek a try if you haven't yet. With trails running everywhere you could play in there for hours and have a blast, all within the city limits. How cool is that?
2 hours later I was back on the train for the ride back to my little corner of the city. By the time I was done the temperature had dropped a few degrees, I was completely soaked from the effort and glad to be relaxing for the ride home.
My only hiccup was on the trip back - I wish I had brought a fresh sweater to throw on under my jacket to keep the damp, chilliness away. Nothing serious but I'll definitely remember for next time.