Stainbrook Springs - July 2021
Stainbrook Springs - #58 in Alberta Discover Guide (https://www.albertadiscoverguide.com/site.cfm?grid=E3&number=58) and 60.3 km from Red Deer. To reach this area go south on Highway 2 turning west onto Highway 11, turn south again on Range Road 60, then east on Township Road 373 and lastly south on Range Road 55 the natural area will be on the east side of the road with a sign. There isn't much room for parking I just parked on the edge of the turnout to avoid blocking any gates.
As you walk into this natural area the surrounding forest is young trembling aspen and balsam poplar but as you move through, the area transitions to large mature balsam poplars and white spruce with large patches of willows. There are not very many pathways around the property - there is a short one with a boardwalk that leads to the river but other than that it is walking through long grass.
This natural area is not very big being 17 acres. However, if you want to relax around a river while listening to a variety of songbirds this is the area for you. It is peaceful with the North Raven River running through the northern part of this property. Plus you never know what you might find I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this western toad.
Partners that manage this natural area include Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Fish & Game Association, and Trout Unlimited Canada.
Be aware of wildlife in the area, be careful around open water, go in pairs or groups and overall have fun!