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Spruce Bog Boardwalk


Algonquin Park       

Several boardwalk sections in the looped trail give you an excellent close-up look of two typical northern black spruce bogs. The trail is located right off of the Highway 60 corridor, making it very accessible for bird watching. Spruce Bog Boardwalk offers 1mile (1.5 km) of easy boardwalk hiking, through typical northern spruce bogs. This two hour walk will yield some good birdwatching.



Small, sheltered ponds and lakes will slowly be overgrown by a floating mat of vegetation, consisting of sedges, mosses, and other plants, eventually becoming thick and strong enough to stand on. The floating layer of peat with its resulting acidic conditions creates harsh conditions for plants and animals that reside in Algonquin's spruce bogs. Many species have adapted to these conditions and survive the harsh conditions.



In winter it is not uncommon to find non-migratory birds such as the Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, and Gray Jay living in this major Algonquin habitat type. Very few people ever venture out onto the spongy, acidic ground of a spruce bog. If you haven't been to a spruce bog before, be sure to click on the link below and keep your feet dry while visiting one of Algonquin's five major habitat types.



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