Fourteen people came out on a mid-afternoon to hike the north end of the Ministik Bird Sanctuary. The 7 km hike started at the north access to the area and covered the Waskahegan section of the trail.
We had a short pause near the Berg stopover, but we didn’t linger long. Like many afternoons in Alberta, a thunderstorm was rolling in . It would arrive in just a few hours.
The highlight of the hike was the alternate route—the trail managed by Nature Conservancy of Canada. This lovely deviation was full of surprises.
In the midst of the forest was a lovely pond with water calla finishing their bloom. It was like an Alberta version of Monet’s garden at Giverny. There was also a patch of spotted coral orchid in full bloom.
Thanks to Delaney for scouting and leading the hike and to Trail Maintenance for keeping our trail clear. You can find more photos on Flickr.