The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail 

One of my goals this year is to camp, hike, and explore places that I have not been to before. Unless some place really calls for a repeat visit, I’m spending my time exploring some where else. My outdoor bucket list for 2017 is full of mostly new experiences. 

The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail was on my list and I crossed it off this afternoon. The trail is located about a half an hour from Winnipeg, north of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, along Highway 59. 

The trail has earned a repeat visit as I know my husband would enjoy it. We will plan a family trip together before the end of the year. I bet fall will be a gorgeous time to visit. 

My daughter and I walked on the 1.5 km (one way) cedar boardwalk that winds through balsam fir forest, white cedar bog, and a rare type of peatland known as calcareous fern. I copied this description from the website. Other than being incredibly peaceful, I don’t know a whole lot about different types of forests. There is a good amount of signage along the way explaining about the different species of plant life and I really enjoyed reading some of the information. 

My daughter is learning about the life cycle of caterpillars in school so imagine her delight when we came across an army (thank you, Google) of caterpillars. She was very intrigued and spent a lot of time exploring them. I love that critters don’t creep her out. 

A fascinating experience for my little caterpillar enthusiast
Hitching a ride

The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail was a really fun way to spend the afternoon. The sun was trying to peek out of the clouds and on occasion it did. I woke up feeling unrested and anxious. I’m so thankful that nature is not too far away for me to go and feel at ease and collect my thoughts.

A boardwalk of blessings 

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