We just spent a glorious weekend at Adam Lake. I just LOVE the Turtle Mountain area. It’s so so relaxing. It’s lush and rejuvenating and fresh. I really recommend heading out that way if you haven’t. It might just be my favourite part of the province.
While we were camping, we decided to check out a few of the smaller trails in the area. Last year we did the Turtle’s Back Summit at nearby William Lake which was just amazing, but this year we decided to go in small chunks. Since it was right in our campground, the Wildlife Self Guiding Trail seemed perfect!
We parked near the beach and decided to walk over the dike separating the beach from the rest of the lake – it’s a green thin stretch across a small part of the lake that leads to all the trails. The cool thing is the lake is pretty clear so when you peek over the edge you can see things swimming around which the kids just thought was the best. So did I, other than the leeches. ICK. And you’ve got lake on either side of you as you are walking which is just beautiful.
The Adam Lake area has a whole network of trails. It’s pretty neat. There’s a few signs showing them in the park as well as maps listing all the trails. There is a range of lengths. Two that are not part of the network of trails are the Fitness Trail and the Wildlife Viewing Trail, both of which we checked out that day.
Right there is a map of the Fitness Trail showing all the different points. There is a long loop and a short loop. There is also marking for the other trails in the park. Following the beginning of the Fitness Trail leads right to the Wildlife Trail, the beginning of which is well marked. There are maps available at the trail head with numbered information that corresponds to posts along the trail. There is also a printable version here.
The trail was quick and beautiful. It’s super green with elevation gains up hill and then lower marshy areas. There were bridges over these parts making them easy to get through and enjoy their beauty.
It felt like a blink and we were at the viewing tower. I love a good viewing tower! From the top we had a great view of the lake. We didn’t see much in the way of wildlife, but there were some beaver lodges and it was a spectacular day.
The Turtle Mountain area is the oldest inhabited part of Manitoba as it was the first area of dry land as glaciers melted. It’s different than the endless yellow fields and blue skies in the flatter parts of the province and the rocky Eastern areas which makes it that much more special.
The park is known for it’s rolling hills and gentle woods. There are so many close lakes – here’s a canoe route in the area. The area is also known for fishing in the stocked lakes as well as great mountain biking trails. And in the winter the trails are groomed for skiing.
Since the route is a circle, we took the other path back. The trail signs were a little misleading and pointed us back the way we came but we checked out the other way. There was another gorgeous low laying marsh area.
The low marsh areas are just beautiful!
On the way back the trail meets back up with the fitness trail. Little Bear and I decided to check it out while Ryan and B went back to where we started. The Fitness Trail is pretty cool! As I mentioned, there is a long and a short loop with fun stations along a woodsy path. From sit ups to hurdles and log lifting it’s a fun way to get in a workout!
This last bit of walking was just magical. Green green green! Amazing. Finally we met back up with Ryan and B and went back to the car along the dike and past the beach area.
We went back to our campsite to make lunch and had plans to check out the Disappearing Lakes Trail at Max Lake. Unfortunately the road to get to the trail was closed so we had to skip it and drove into Boissevain for ice cream instead. Which was’t the worst, but the Disappearing Lakes Trail seemed pretty neat!