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Boulder Ridge Trail


A popular recreational park northwest of Dryden, Blue Lake boasts a long, sandy beach and water so clear you can see the bottom at six metres. Take a hike with park naturalists through a spruce fen and stands of majestic pines, over ancient bedrock, past lady’s slipper orchids and blueberry bushes. Special geological conditions have combined to give spectacular Blue Lake some unique features; water so clear you can see the bottom of the lake at a depth of six metres, and an abundance of fine sand on a beautiful beach.



Surrounding the extraordinary lake is the boreal forest. Walk through glades of tall jack pine, red pine, black spruce, poplar and white burch, which are home to many species. Spot burds and forest animals while hiking through the forest. The park has a visitor's centre near the campgroud, with many great displays. There are also interpretive programs provided by park naturalist. The Boulder Ridge Trail is found across from the park entrance and can be hiked in 15 minutes. It is a perfect example of what has been left from moving glaciers. The areas where debris is left is called a moraine and it is full part of the large Eagle-Findlayson moraine, covers the area from Blue Lake south to Thunder Bay.



Forest fires have also been through the area and helped to creat this unique environment. Fires are needed to keep the forest alive and healty because fallen trees and acidic needles build up and impeded growth. Jack Pines also need fire so their cones can open and seed the area.


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