R.W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary

R.W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary

R.W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary
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Solodam J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34,940 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
R.W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary is also called Cranberry Marsh. The best way to begin the trail is next to the Best Western Plus Valemount Inn & Suite. You can park the car by the hotel parking place. The information board of this site is by the beginning of the trail (back side of the hotel). It is better to do the trail early in the morning or end of the day because it's too hot in the afternoon and it is an open area. There are some information boards at some points and also some viewing towers. the path is gravel. The view is stunning. We saw a lot of ducks, geese, dragonflies but no birds. The reeds growing around the cranberry lake was quite high so we couldn't see the water birds from nearby. Don't forget to bring drink water.
Written March 21, 2020
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ottokarin
Edmonton, Canada94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenery in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!! We walked the whole 7 kilometre hiking trail and parts of it were not easy, considering the sinking to your ankles in the low bog spots! Our shoes were mud caked by the time we got back to our hotel. The latter part with the wooden boardwalk was much appreciated! Lots of beautiful Birds and wildlife!! Also a couple of lookout towers that we climbed!
Written July 5, 2024
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whosyourpapa
Prince George, Canada27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
We went on this walk thinking that it would be a good easy stroller worthy walk to get the kids out. About 1/2 of the 6km loop is fairly smooth packed trail. The other 1/2 was overgrown single track trail. The disappointing parts were the lack of info on the tourism website as to parking locations. There's 3 access points, the easiest being to park at the lot in front of the best western.
The hidden dangers were some missing or broken deck boards At a couple of the low boardwalks.
The most dangerous part was when at the top of 1 of 2 look outs, the railing had loose or missing spindles. Not a great thing to find out if you have small children.Valemount really should correct this safety issue before someone really gets hurt.
Written July 31, 2016
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rosierocks124
Leduc, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
My family and I enjoyed the walk on the Cranberry Marsh when we were there I saw birds and ducks in the lake beautiful view
Written August 18, 2017
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Lion W
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
I wouldn't bother, there's nothing particularly amazing about it and you can do more scenic walks. Not sure why the rating is so high because it's really nothing special. We hardly saw anything, parts were very hot and as a swamp it is infested with mosquitos. Look for something else!
Written July 20, 2018
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Debbie Y
Matsusaka, Japan137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We did this 6 km loop a couple of times in early August, once in the mid-afternoon, when it was 30+ degrees and full of mosquitoes and toads, and one in the early morning, when we did it as a little jog. We didn't see any people, mosquitoes or toads in the early morning, so it was perfect! The trailhead is adjacent to the Best Western, and so it was perfect for an easy early-morning run, or a family walk to view wildlife. It was very quiet, with hardly anyone on the trail, even though it was high-season for tourists. There is a new (built in 2016) boardwalk on the north side of the marsh and 2 lookout towers for viewing wildlife. It is advertised as the Cranberry Marsh walking loop in the town literature.
Written August 8, 2017
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Capnhi9er
Nanaimo, Canada303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
BTW, this trail is shown on the maps as the Cranberry Marsh Loop. According to our Jeep tour guide (see separate review) the town of Valemount was originally named Cranberry Marsh.

We had a very nice walk around the marsh. There is a variety of terrain (a dike, woods, grassland and a boardwalk) but it is mostly quite level and easy walking. Take insect repellent. There are several bird watching platforms but we were here the wrong time of year to see many birds. There is a fascinating old homestead on the back side of the marsh. Be sure to read the info sign. You used to have to go up to 17th St. and walk a few blocks to get around a marshy area on the north side. But there is now a beautiful board walk across that section so you can stay near the water all the way. The trail goes along the wire fence north of the boat launch to get to the boardwalk.

There is a parking lot beside the Best Western for this trail. If you come out the back of the Best Western, there is a paved walkway. Note: that is NOT the trail. Either go down the few steps to the dirt trail and turn left. Or go over to the parking lot to the info sign and trail map.

Be prepared for a fairly long walk. We heard lots of different things from locals (40 minutes, 2 hours with 5 kids, 3 km, 4 km, etc.). I think the most accurate is 7 km and it took us over 2 hours stopping and looking at everything.
Written August 7, 2017
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Rob7071
Switzerland30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
This is a beautiful trail with great lookout towers (2 of them about 20min walk apart, the first one only 5min from the parking area) with 360degree views.
The new boardwalk that were build are very nice.
Just think they should do something about all the weeds growing along the trail.
Written November 22, 2016
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KathleenJ88
Surrey, Canada85 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Nice easy walk with two lookouts. Marsh and tree areas. LOTS of mosquitos in early evening, so bug spray is a must! If staying at the Best Western you can easily access the trail from its parking lot.
Written September 4, 2016
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Tegan R
North Vancouver, Canada59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
The 2nd lookout point (the uncovered one) is a gorgeous view! Bring your yoga mat or a picnic :) it's a bird sanctuary so don't wear your favourite shoes, there's lots of bird poop as to be expected. Grab a little walking stick to brush away the cobwebs, and enjoy the entire loop walk in 2-3 hours :)
Written June 8, 2016
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