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visitors & hikers

The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) is open for the public to hike and enjoy. All visitors MUST register at the kiosk when you arrive at the ASCCA.  Groups of 15 or more must pre-book their hike online. Donations gratefully accepted.

Book a hike using our online booking form: book your hike

ASCCA guidelines

To use the Area, you MUST agree to the following guidelines, requested by the donors Ann and Sandy Cross.

The ASCCA is not a park. It is a conservation area, which is why these guidelines are in place.

  • Everyone must register in the Kiosk before using the Cross Conservation Area before each hike. We also recommend that you pre-book online.
  • The ASCCA is closed between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
  • Horses, dogs or other pets are not allowed on site. Cars, bicycles, and other vehicles are not allowed on the trails.
  • Access the ASCCA from the lower parking lot only. This is to reduce the impact on land and wildlife.
  • Camping, fires and smoking are not allowed.
  • Hunting and discharging firearms are also prohibited.
  • Snowshoeing is allowed, however, cross-country skiing is not permitted due to its impact on the land.
  • There is no water on the trails so please bring your own.
  • There are no garbage cans on the trails. Please pack out what you pack in.
  • Stay on the trails and keep your distance from the wildlife to protect yourself and the animals.
  • Leave everything in its place. Do not pick flowers or plants and do not take anything away from the ASCCA.
  • Access to Belvedere House during weekdays is dependent upon if students are in the building.
  • Steward the land. Call (403) 931-1042 to report contraventions you see.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at info@crossconservation.org or call us at (403) 931-1042.

Please note that we will not send a confirmation of your booking unless the group is 15 or more. We will only notify you if there is a problem with your chosen visit date. If you have any questions or concerns about your booking please call (403) 931-1042.

Note: A variety of wildlife, including bears and cougars, are present at the ASCCA. For your own safety and that of the wildlife please keep your distance and make your presence known on the trails. Wildlife sightings will be posted at the Welcome Kiosk when you sign in.

Please also note that we cannot guarantee that the interior of Belvedere House will be accessible; if there is a school group inside, visitors can use the exterior washroom attached to Belvedere House instead of those inside. Thank you for your cooperation.

area wildlife + plants

Anas platyrhynchos
Male: glossy green head, with a white line around its neck.  Yellow bill, chestnut breast, grey body and a white tail.  Female: mottled brown, with an orange and black bill.  Both have orange feet.
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