Location: Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve
Distance: 2.6km (round trip)
Ecosystem types: Calcareous Fen, Cedar Swamp, Boreal Forest, Wetland
The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail provides a rare glimpse into the flora and ecology of a calcareous fen - one of the rarest wetland types of North America. This wheelchair-accessible trail consists mostly of wooden boardwalk through boreal forest and along the edge of a fen wetland.
Most of Manitoba's orchids can be found within the cedar swamp and fen portions of this trail. Marly pools of carbonate precipitate can be found along the beautifully constructed boardwalk, as can a number of carnivorous plants including pitcher plant and sundew.
A number of interpretive displays along the trail explain the natural and indigenous importance of the wetland. Please respect the cultural and ecological sensitivity of the natural habitats along the trail.
Organization Website: Debwendon Inc
Trail map, description and photos submitted by Bernard Brown.