A day in the woods at Saunders Lake

For two of our members, Sunday just isn’t Sunday without a walk on the Waskahegan Trail.

Even on Thanksgiving weekend, Stella and Darlene managed to squeeze in a hike at the north end of Saunders Lake.

The leaves have turned colour, clusters of plump highbush cranberries remain everywhere, and the pelicans are still hanging around.

Thanks to Stella for scouting this hike. You can see more photos on Flickr.

Middle Battle River to Schnee Hill

It was a gorgeous sunny October day for the eleven people who came out to hike the 11 km trail from A60 westward to Schnee Hill.

Each year we try to schedule this hike at the end of the season, after the crops have been mown.  Otherwise, the trail would be another 2 km as we would have to go around a field.

There are still highbush cranberries on the branches and this is the best time to eat them fresh. The recent frosts have made them sweet, pulpy, and intense—every berry is a blast of refreshment and vitamin C.

Lunch was at the top of Schnee Hill. There are two ways to climb it.  You can approach it from the north side and go straight up, or you can follow the animal path, which starts on the north side and uses switchbacks running up the east side. Either way, climbing the hill takes only minutes. It’s not nearly as daunting as it looks.

Descending Schnee Hill on the animal trail

And it’s well worth it too. The grassy plateau at the top is irresistible for having a lie-down after lunch.

Thanks go to Lee for leading the hike and to Trail Maintenance for the great job clearing the trail, which hadn’t been done in two years. You can find more photos on Flickr.

South Miquelon Lake Hike

Five people came out to hike the trails that lead up to the middle lake of the three Miquelon Lakes.

Ever since Trail Maintenance put in a good strong boardwalk a few years ago, the path over the marsh at the beginning of the trail has become very walkable.


From time to time, you’ll see an antique rusted car on the Waskahegan Trail. This section happens to have the cutest one.

Thanks to Johanna for leading the hike and to Trail Maintenance for clearing the trail. You can see more pictures on Flickr.