You might think that walking on a trail for a couple hours sounds boring, but I promise you it’s anything but at the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail.
Tours are $10-$30 and there is so much to see.
Lots to see (and eat?)
The scenery on the 1.8 km stretch of boardwalk was beautiful. There were lots of wildlife to see and learn about on the trail, including 28 orchid species, 23 provincially rare plants, and eight carnivorous species of plants. Yeah. The plants ate bugs.
The carnivorous pitcher plant, in particular, caught my eye. Its bright red colours attract bugs into them where they become trapped. Then, the pitcher plant digests the bugs, turning them into nutrients. This is good because the wetland soil the trail is built on is usually lacking in them.
A protected trail
This boardwalk is surely special because it borders highly protected land that no one is allowed to venture on. Ever. On the tour, you have the opportunity to admire the vast natural beauty from afar.
These wetlands are protected because they’re so crucial for the environment. Almost 75% of Manitoban wetlands have already been drained to clear area for new developments. If I hadn’t come to this trail, I would have never known. I also wouldn’t have known that wetlands do a lot of really important things. They store CO2, reduce the risk of floods and droughts, and even filter harmful pollutants out water that ultimately ends up in Lake Winnipeg.
Whether you walk this trail to take in all of the magnificent sights, learn about new things, see rare plant species, or connect with nature, you wont regret coming here.
There are First Nations teachings, rare flowers, bird viewing, and a cultural tour. It’s pretty great that something so untouched is so close to Winnipeg. Manitoba totally rules. Now, get out there and explore. Find your own trail. Make your own path. Have fun!