South Miquelon Lake Hike

On a perfect fall day, 14 people came out to South Miquelon Lake for a wonderful wander. This shallow body of water has not had any outflow for the past century, due mainly to climatic conditions and because the southern creek is diverted to supply water to Camrose. It is spring fed and high in sulphates and nutrients. The salinity levels keep it quite clear and free of algae, but also of game fish, which it used to have.

South Miquelon Lake “Extended Summer” Hike

The sunny, warm weather seemed like a gift. John led us on the blue route to the stile and back, about 9 km.

The surrounding area is mostly wildlife sanctuary. While the size of our group is not conducive to many sightings, we did see a small flock of geese flying overhead.

On the way to the lunch spot we spied something in the woods and investigated on the return hike. We decided it was a pile of lumber that would soon be turned into a hunting blind, but right now it is just sides and a roof yet to be assembled.

There was a lot to enjoy on this hike—the peaceful quiet setting, the varied trail terrain and views, the warm conditions, and the opportunity to connect with old and new friends.

South Miquelon Lake hike lunch time

Thanks to John S. for leading us on this “extended summer” hike and to Mary M. for contributions to this post. You can find more photos on Flickr.

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