Prairie Orchid Trail

Location: Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1km
Ecosystem types: Tall grass prairie, Sedge meadow

On your walk through this 1-km trail you will encounter a snippet of what this area once looked like. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Look up high to spot birds, and look down low to find insects. Listen carefully to the sounds of the area. Can you hear the bumblebees, or the cries of coyotes? Maybe you just hear the gentle sound of grass blowing in the wind. The tallgrass prairie is a meeting place for several different habitats including Grassland, Oak Savannah, Aspen Parkland, Prairie Wet Meadow and Wetland. With each step of this walk discover what new species you see as you walk through these different habitats.

The wet meadows of this trail support a large congregation of the endangered Western Prairie Fringed Orchid. The north block of the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve is the only place this plant grows in Canada, so be sure to visit the trail in July to see this flower in bloom!

More information: Nature Conservancy of Canada - Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre

Trail data submitted by the Nature Conservancy of Canada - Manitoba Region