Pearce Estate Park and Harvie Passage
  • Parking: On site
  • Washrooms: in the Visitor Center
  • Paved and Dirt Paths
Thistles in bloom by the water's edge

This morning, I wandered through the collection of streams, ponds and wetlands that is the Pearce Estate Water Conservation Area, a lovely park just downstream of the city center.  The main area is a fairly flat manicured lawn, dotted by mature trees, picnic tables and lots of room to play frisbee or kick a ball around.  It is also home to the Sam Livingstone Fish Hatchery and the Bow Habitat Visitor Center, including a little catch and release pond.
The current slows at the end of the Harvie Passage.

I started off walking along the river pathway, but stopped almost before I began at the Harvie Passage, a series of rapids constructed at the weir.  The look-out point is a great piece of outdoor architecture and the churning waters below are mesmerizing. I must have sat for ten minutes just watching one area where the water created a perfect mirror of the tumbling whitecaps above it.

Once back at the Pierce Estate Park, I explored the network of dirt paths.  Today I shared the park with just one other person, a vole, many squirrels and a myriad of chickadees, red-winged blackbirds, robins, and sparrows, all swooping, singing, and sometimes just hopping along the path in front of me.  

A mossy waterfall.

It's as if the park and it's inhabitants conspired to put me at ease.  The birdsong, the rustle of the cool morning breeze in the leaves, a brook babbling over a little waterfall, the sun filtering through the trees and simmering on the water, and that indescribable "outdoorsy" smell.  Ahh . . .

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