We left Cache Creek and continued south; our destination would be Edson.
As we travelled along, we came across Pierre Gray’s Lakes Provincial Park and decided to stop. We hiked around McDonald Lake; this hike was approximately 6 km/3.25 miles.
Again, continuing south until we came to Willian A. Switzer Provincial Park where we stopped and visited the information centre. There was more information on the local wildlife, hiking trail, park history and activities.
The fisher (Pekania pennanti) is a small, carnivorous mammal native to North America, a forest-dwelling creature whose range covers much of the boreal forest in Canada to the northern United States. It is a member of the mustelid family (commonly referred to as the weasel family), and is in the monospecific genus Pekania. It is sometimes misleadingly referred to as a fisher cat, although it is not a cat.
The fisher is closely related to, but larger than, the American Marten (Martes americana) and Pacific Marten (Martes caurina). In some regions, the fisher is known as a pekan, derived from its name in the Abenaki language, or wejack, an Algonquin word (cf. Cree wuchak, otchock, Ojibwa ojiig) borrowed by fur traders. Other Native American names for the fisher are Chipeywan thacho and Carrier chunihcho, both meaning “big marten”, and Wabanaki uskool. (Wikipedia)
The wolverine (also spelled wolverene), Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin for Glutton), also referred to as the glutton, carcajou, or quickhatch (from East Cree, kwiihkwahaacheew), is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae. It is a muscular carnivore and a solitary animal. The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.
The wolverine is found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forest and Subarctic and Alpine Tundra of the Northern Hemisphere, with the greatest numbers in Northern Canada, the US state of Alaska, the mainland Nordic countries of Europe, and throughout western Russia and Siberia. Its population has steadily declined since the 19th century owing to trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation. The wolverine is now essentially absent from the southern end of its European range. (Wikipedia).
From here we made it to Edson where we had dinner at Mountain Pizza and Steakhouse, this restaurant was recommended for their Pizza, which did not disappoint. We ended up spending the night at Walmart.
Next morning, we travelled back west to Highway 47 south to Mercoal where we would take Highway 40 to Nordegg where we intended to spend the night. Highway 40 was a gravel road for approximately 110 km/68 miles.
As we were sat at the side of the road in Nordegg deciding where and what we would do while here we received a text from Marielle and Ron asking if we were in Nordegg. They had just passed us and were wondering if they had seen our rig. What a small world.
After we connected, we all went for a hike in the surrounding area where we came across some old building which we presume at one time belonged to a mine.
After our hike it was time to find a place to stay for the night. After a short drive we found a secluded spot amongst the trees in a clearing where we setup. We had a nice dinner with Marielle and Ron and played card games late into the evening.
Next morning, we would all be heading to Calgary. But first we took a walk around Nordegg cemetery.