Caroline - Shell Canada July 2021
Caroline - Shell Canada, #144 in Alberta Discover Guide (https://www.albertadiscoverguide.com/site.cfm?grid=E3&number=144) and 65.6 km from Red Deer. To reach this this area from Red Deer go south on Highway 2, turn west on Highway 587 until Range Road 52 head north, turn west again on Township Road 345A and north one more time onto Range Road 53 and follow through the curve. I parked along the ditch.
This natural area is gorgeous having a nice mix of wetlands and upland habitat. This area offers a mixed-wood forest being covered in white spruce, black spruce, trembling aspen, balsam poplar and paper birch. The wildlife that frequent the area include numerous species of shorebirds, white-tailed and mule deer, black bears, beavers, moose, and forest birds.
This area does not have well traveled trails, mostly just game trails or walking through thicker grass and rushes. Be very aware of where you are walking so you do not step in a beaver run there were a few hidden in the rushes.
Travel in pairs or groups, bring bear spray, watch for other wildlife in the area, be careful around the open water, and a GPS is encouraged so you do not get turned around.
The partners that manage this natural area include Alberta Fish & Game Association and Shell Canada Energy.