Forest to Shore - Hike to Lake Huron
- Rating: This adventure is rated easy with some moderate bushwhacking.
- Where: Meet at Ferndale UPI. near Miss Lou's Roadside Diner. We then carpool to our hike.
- When: Saturday, July 20th. Duration: 3-4 hrs.
- What to bring: Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water, bathing suit, towel, rain gear if inclement weather, snacks, hiking pole if required.
- Price: $44.00 (+HST). Proceeds go to conservation on the Bruce Peninsula.
This hike through the heart of the Black Creek Provincial Park will take you along a lightly traveled trail, through marshland and coniferous forest, by beaver ponds and along and over the creek, to emerge through sand dunes on a beautiful section of Lake Huron. Our destination, the popular Sandy Beach, is typically accessed by car, and parking is often challenging. Our 'back door" to the beach offers you a trail less traveled experience, giving the curious an opportunity to explore the incredible natural environment of this area.
Don't forget binoculars and cameras on this hike. The possibility of wildlife encounters are good, with the abundance of water creating ideal habitat. See songbirds, turkey vultures, hawks, and maybe even an eagle. Hear the chorus of frogs and chirping toads as we traverse the edge of this wetland habitat.
Our travels will take us westward, down quiet paths, getting ever closer to the big water, known in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) as Gichi-aazhoogami-gichigami (Great Crosswaters Sea). We will find ourselves mostly in mixed forest of cedar, spruce, pine, aspen and birch. Your guide knows some special spots off trail where you may spot waterfowl, beaver and maybe even an otter.
Evidence of the industrious beaver can be seen in this areas ponds, where the rodent has been busy building dams to trap water and felling trees for building material and food. This activity has created the perfect environment for wildlife.
This is truly a magical place where time seems to stand still as you gaze out on the peaceful inland ponds, taking in reflections of trees and sky on water, the gentle breaking on the surface as a family of ducks swims by, or maybe a water snake, beaver or otter.
The water of Black Creek flows clean and strong as we cross over a small footbridge, now on our final approach to the prize - Sandy Beach on Lake Huron! Time for a refreshing swim, some snacks, and a rest on the warm sand.
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