Shady Lake Trail – Prince Albert National Park

A cool weekend in September my wife and headed out to hike the amazing Shady Lake Trail in Prince Albert National Park. It’s a 1.7 km loop with the option of doing a detour to the height of land tower. The trail doesn’t take long but expect some steep areas as well as stairs. If you have problems with a lot of stairs I would avoid this trail and maybe do the Boundary Bog or Mud Creek trails.

Sign for Shady Lake Trail

Trailhead Sign for Shady Lake Trail

The trail starts out with a steep staircase down. It’s a pretty easy jaunt downwards, however be cautious if it’s wet. It tends to get slippery. Also a word of caution, you will be coming back up once you go down.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

The trail is a mixture of deciduous and coniferous forest. The fall is amazing as it’s a drastic contrast in colours that make the forest pop.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

This is the payoff. Shady Lake is a glorious view. You can also access this via canoe on the Amiskowan canoe route.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

I feel obligated to put rock in. This is the rock that I proposed to my wife on.  I have named it Fred. She does not know this.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

The lake is usually pretty clear and you can see the bottom quite easily. Look out for minnows!

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Wildflowers litter the edges of the path. You can find yarrow, wild rose and others along the way!

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Another hazard you half to be careful for. The roots make steps up some of the little hills, however they are also extremely easy to trip on. It would be a hard climb back up to the parking lot if you sprain your ankle.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

The beginning of the approach back up the hill to the parking lot. This is a lot more gradual of an increase then the route down. I’d suggest if you have issues with steep hills you go down the west portion and back up the same way. It may take longer but it’s a more gentle of a climb.

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

Shady Lake Trail, Prince Albert National Park

This trail is moderately difficult with steep slopes. I believe the view of Shady Lake is definitely worth it and would recommend it to anyone!

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Lululemon’s Wasteful Renovation Practices – The Solution?

Lululemon tries to have a reputation for being an environmentally conscious company. You can read about their sustainability plan HERE.  One of their points is that they are “a model for community-led sustainability including our extended lululemon family of ambassadors, vendors, and guests.” Yet they don’t seem to take this very seriously.

Recently Lululemon in Regina started renovations in Regina, SK. In a complete detour from their sustainability model they chose to not only dispose of their old fixtures and mannequins but destroy them first just to make sure that they cannot be used again.  When approached by this fact, the resolution manager blamed the third party company without acknowledging that they get to dictate what occurs with their disposal.

The Lululemon Regina Wasteful renovation The Lululemon Regina Wasteful renovation

On their website they claim “We’re working to be part of an elevated world that operates within nature’s boundaries and provides for human needs—creating opportunities for people to lead happy and fulfilling lives” However this seems to be working in the opposite of that direction. They could have donated these items to the Habitat for Humanity Restore store for them to sell off and raise money for their projects. They could have donated it to small markets that don’t compete with them. Perhaps they could have recycled parts of the mannequins, and lighting. Instead it all went off to be disposed of. This does not seem like they are following their own code.

 

However, don’t despair! Here is a couple suggestions that Lululemon can do to resolve this issue and prevent it from occurring again!

  • Donate an amount to the Regina chapter of Habitat for Humanity that would be equal to what they could have gained from the sales of these items.
  • Change their Sustainable code of conduct to reflect renovations  as well as day to day operations.
  • Dictate to “Third party” contractors that their stuff shall be recycled wherever possible.
  • Publicly promote these changes as a way to get word out there that they actually follow their own code of conduct. This could be a positive way to portray the company and could be an advertising campaign in itself.

To date, despite numerous phone calls, emails, tweets etc. Lululemon has no acknowledged that they have any plans to change their wasteful practices. They passed 100% of the blame on the third party contractor and refuse to take any fault in what occurred.  Their social media people just keep pushing that they value what has been said, but actions speak louder than words.

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