I’ve been wanting to head up to Grand Beach for a few weeks now, but every Sunday it’s rain rain rain! Finally, this past Sunday, while forecast to be overcast was hot and not rainy. Beach time! On our way up to the beach, right off HWY 59 I planned a stop to do a fun walk on the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail! I had seen some pictures of the trail and it looked really really nice (and did not disappoint!). There is signs right on the highway for it so it’s not hard to find, and about 20m before the beach gates.
The trail just had it’s grand opening last month and it’s gorgeous. Almost the whole 3.6km in and out trail is a wooden boardwalk. It’s an easy flat walk and even wheelchair accessible which is nice to see. There are bathrooms, a parking lot and some picnic benches at the trailhead as well as a map and some information about why this trail is so unique! The map states that insect repellent is recommended and while I totally agree with that, the bugs were surprisingly not bad! Especially compared to last week.
The trail starts out as a short gravel path leading to the boardwalk. Immediately you are surrounded by trees!
After a short gravel path we were onto the wooden boardwalk. My kids love wooden boardwalks so instantly the trail was a hit. The wooded parts were just gorgeous!!
The trees were so tall and dense, it was amazing!
The scenery was breathtaking!
The kids were pretty excited to see an erratic. There was one in one of their favourite cartoons, Clarence, so seeing one IRL was pretty excited. On the boardwalk edge there is some info about erratics that B read aloud to us.
Along the way are interpretive panels explaining various things on the trail.
There were tonnes of lady slippers! This trail is known for its orchids and these were the ones we saw the most.
After a while, the trees give way to fen. It was so interesting to go from balsam forest to cedar swam to fen.
Along the way were also rest areas with large panels showing how far along the trail you are and some info on that particular part of the trail along with benches to take a break on.
The kids were so into watching the water striders do their thing off the boardwalk.
Carnivorous plants! The kids thought these pitcher plants were mega-cool.
We learned on this info panel that there are 8 kinds of carnivorous plants in the area – we only managed to find three!
Adventuring is more fun up high!
I had never heard of sundews before! This panel was really well placed, if you looked just past it there was a number of patches of sundew.
There were numerous butterflies all around us!
Once we reached the end it was time to turn around and see it all again! We spotted many things on the way back that we did not see on the way in.
A race to the car at the end!
After the trail we drove off to Grand Beach and spent a relaxing afternoon in the sun. With some post trail ice cream of course!