Miquelon Park to St. FX Lookout

Fifteen people came out to hike the Miquelon Lake area going northward. We started at the visitor centre parking lot and walked through the group sites until we reached the open trail in full view of the lake.

Earlier in the week, Trail Maintenance had cleared a wide path, which made it very easy to walk.

Sow thistle and Western dock (brown spikes in the background)

As we alternated between the meadows and the woods, we saw numerous mid-summer beauties: soapberries (Sheperdia), the ghostly white Indian-pipe (Monotropa), wild strawberries still in fruit, many-flowered asters and purple asters, fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia), vetches, fragrant white sweet-clover, Western dock, grass-of-parnassus (Parnassia), Canada thistle, gooseberries, goldenrod, and sow thistle.

We reached the top of the hill of St. FX Lookout with its famous engraved post. The post was installed in 1973 to commemorate Vi Sunohara’s Biology 30 class at St. Francis Xavier High School, who cleared the trail in this area that year.

St. FX Lookout marker

We continued on the path until we reached the next woods, where we had lunch in the cool shade. Total distance hiked was 9-3/4 km.

Thanks to John for scouting and leading the hike. You can find more photos on Flickr.

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