I had driven along, walked crossed, passed Macleod Trail over the years without knowing much about who this main road was named after. But on a recent hike towards Calgary Fort, or what remains of the fort, I found a statue of the man on horseback who first worked for the North West Mounted Police before later becoming a lawyer.
Behind his statue weaved the Bow River. The day was a comfortable -10, a huge improvement on my previous trip when it was -30. Pathways were cleared and I was eager to head to the frozen river and the trail beyond.