The Small Hometown Of Hinton, Alberta
Hinton, Alberta. The first time I heard those words were from my good friend, and fellow blogger Holly. I was currently going to university and she was interviewing for a position at the local recreation and leisure community building. My first reaction was surprise, as not many of my friends or family have moved great distances from where they grew up. I am the black sheep of my family in that regard, as I have a restless soul and have lived all across Canada. My second reaction was of course to Google where this unknown town was.
Small Town Adventures Are The Best
Over the last five years, I have heard and read all about Holly’s adventures of living in a small town in rural Alberta. I have enjoyed hearing about the adventures of her growing family and all the ups and downs that go with it. Last summer I had the opportunity to visit her and enjoy a couple of days together. My favourite part was the morning walk we did at The Beaver Boardwalk. We woke up at 5-something AM (I am not a morning person in the slightest), grabbed a quick breakfast snack, and headed over to meet a couple other ladies who often partake in these morning walks.
The Beaver Boardwalk
Early summer mornings in Alberta are cool and refreshing. The sunrise begins to creep over the horizon and the wildlife begins to wake with all the sights and sounds. The Beaver Boardwalk itself is 3 Kilometers of wooden panels constructed above a swampy and marsh-like area. The boardwalk eventually connects into some local trails if you want to expand your walking distance. During my walk I saw beavers, squirrels and waterfowl. There are also many local plants and trees which make the walk quite enjoyable as you quickly forget about the surrounding residential and commercial areas. It is an enjoyable break from urban life and not too far out of the way. There are lots of interpretative signs along the route for more information about the wildlife and two observation towers for those who are more adventurous.
Memories Last A Lifetime
All in all, it was a great visit and I rate it a 4/5 stars experience! We at the Thirsty Tourist love backyard adventures like this one. Spending time catching up with friends and family we see infrequently makes these bonding opportunities all the more special.
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