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Hard Luck Canyon

June 15, 2014

I’ve been to Whitecourt for about three weeks now. I absolutely love it. There is so much to see here. It is a small town, so it is pretty easy to recognize people, and easy to get around.

The best thing I’ve noticed about Whitecourt is the smell. It always smells like pine. It is surrounded by trees (forest capital of Canada) and there is a paper mill in town, so it is pretty predominant.

So here are some pictures from some of the things I’ve seen around here and some facts about the town.

McLeod River at the Hard Luck Canyon

McLeod River at the Hard Luck Canyon

Beaver Creek Falls also known as Hard Luck Falls and Bridge above

Beaver Creek Falls also known as Hard Luck Falls and Bridge above

Hard Luck Canyon is about 20 kilometres south of Whitecourt. The McLeod River carved out the soft, sandy rock to form this beautiful Canyon

Beaver Creek Falls

Beaver Creek Falls

Falls from an angle. The best time to see the falls is in the Spring

Falls from an angle. The best time to see the falls is in the Spring

Whitecourt is also located at the confluence of four waterways – the Athabasca River, McLeod River, Sakwatamau River and Beaver Creek. “Where the rivers meet” is a common saying here. The community was first formed by the Cree and named Sagitawah (the place where the rivers meet).

Boat on the McLeod River. The boat behind is on the Athabasca. Cool right?

Boat on the McLeod River. The boat behind is on the Athabasca. Cool right?

There is an awesome park in town called Rotary Park. It has a pond, a lazy river slide, a splash park, a playground, and some sports fields. It is a great place to hang by the pond and have a picnic.

Rotary Park pond

Rotary Park pond

There is wildlife everywhere. I’ve seen moose, deer, and various bird of prey. After town council there was a couple of deer outside of the building. My neighbour feeds a family of deer during the winter months, so I can’t wait to photograph them.

I love those big fuzzy bumble bees

I love those big fuzzy bumble bees

Some cool butterflies outside my house

Some cool butterflies outside my house

Deer near Whitecourt Mountain

Deer near Whitecourt Mountain

Whitecourt is the Forest Capital of Canada, has a meteor crater, and some pretty amazing look outs. So here are some more pictures of beautiful Whitecourt!

Coal Mine Hill Lookout over Whitecourt and the Athabasca

Coal Mine Hill Lookout over Whitecourt and the Athabasca

The view of Whitecourt Mountain from 8-mile hill. Whitecourt lies north of this mountain

The view of Whitecourt Mountain from 8-mile hill. Whitecourt lies north of this mountain

Weather here has been iffy. It would be sunny for most of the day, then pour for an hour.

Weather here has been iffy. It would be sunny for most of the day, then pour for an hour.

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