Winter Walk to the Waskahegan Fire Tower

January 8, 2020

It was a beautiful, clear day on Sunday, January 5th, when I decided to take a winter walk in the Ministik Bird Sanctuary starting at the U of A access road gate with the final goal being the Waskahegan Fire Tower. Along the way I stopped at some key waypoints and took photos with my seldom-used 360 camera, a Ricoh Theta SC.

I thought I’d share the experience using some software I’m trying out:

  • Knight Lab StoryMapJS which displays a map along with media like images or video in a slide format, and
  • the Kuula image sharing site for the first time. There’s a 360 image hosted on Kuula on each slide in the StoryMap and the images were sometimes slow to load. Please have patience.
  • Also, if you see a “play” button on the image, click it to load the 360 image, then use your mouse to drag the image around. And I have to say all of this is much better experienced on a computer screen vs a smaller mobile screen.

Sharing the trip experience in this way is a bit of an experiment, so if some of it doesn’t work out, well, I’ll just chalk it up to science. 

Click the image below to launch the StoryMap in a new browser window.

Winter Walk Intro Screen

My Route Today

Winter Walk Track Log


  1. Comment by Glen

    Glen Reply January 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I have only been there once. Do you remember how far the walk was?

  2. Comment by Grant Wilson

    Grant Wilson Reply January 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Hey Glen, my track log shows 5.5 km via the route I took to the tower that day. But I made a detour over to the fireplace so maybe subtract a half a km or a little more, so that makes around 5 km. Doing it in the winter, even with the modest amount of snow we’ve had this year, increases the difficulty, no question. Hope that helps!

  3. Comment by Grant Wilson

    Grant Wilson Reply January 8, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Sheesh. I forgot to add 5.5 km *one way* in the reply. That makes a difference! 🙂

  4. Comment by dwaine

    dwaine Reply January 8, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    pretty nice day indeed. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy your day with the pics and vids.

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