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Awesome Alberta: Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is a must-visit this summer

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Sahil Morar Apr 25, 2019 4:57 pm 195

We all love summer picnics, from the fresh watermelon slices to blowing bubbles — but it can get boring at the same place over and over again.

Shake up your summer and head out to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (we know what you’re going to ask and yes, we’ll explain it).

The writing on the stones are actually petroglyphs that date back to 7000 BC and depict what life was like for the Áísínai’pi (Blackfoot) people who lived there as far back as 10,000 years ago.

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Interesting name aside, this desert-like park is a great way to spend your hot summer days and cool summer nights. From short trails for all to enjoy to comfort camping in cabins shaded by cottonwood trees, Writing-on-Stone is the ultimate outdoor getaway.

As scenic as the hikes are — and as much as you want to veer off to explore — please remember, you’re in rattlesnake country now.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart.

 

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Where is it?

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is located 32 km east of Milk River on Hwy. 501 and 10 km south on an access road.

 

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How do you get there?

From Calgary, you’ll want to jump onto the AB – 2 South and follow that all the way down to AB – 519 East. From there, you’ll get onto AB – 3 East all the way to Milk River. Turn right at Range Road 132 and the park will be on your left.

Calgary to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (MAP)

 

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What’s there?

SO MUCH! Fancy staying a night? Book a comfort cabin and get in a *really* early morning hike and watch the gorgeous morning sunrise. If camping isn’t your thing, throw down some blankets, grab some sandwiches and lemonade and have a good ol’ fashioned picnic at one of the many spacious picnic spots.

Get the most of your trip down and book a guided tour specified to your interests. Don’t forget to grab tons of Instas and Polaroids!

 

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