Breeding Bird Survey Trip / Part 3: a Look at Ouimet Canyon

I first visited stunning Ouimet Canyon as a child. In those days you had to hike in as there was no road. The canyon is thought to have been formed over a billion years ago either by the weight of advancing glaciers or the large volumes of water released during their retreat.

The canyon is an hour or so east of Thunder Bay and our Dorion bird survey ends on the road which leads to it. Each year we take the boardwalks and trails which lead out to two viewing platforms.

Here are some of the plants along the way:

Bluebead-lily (Clintonia borealis)
Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
Fringed Polygala (Polygala paucifolia)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Mooseberry (Viburnum edule)

This rock formation is known as Indian Head:

Views from the platforms:

Miles Hearn

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