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Boom Lake

Boom Lake has always been one of our favourite early-season hikes. And Thursday, July 18, was no exception as we made our way along the 5.1-km trail to the lake from Boom Creek Picnic Area. The lush forest was filled with wildflowers, and the trip took a lot longer than usual as we stopped to photograph dozens of different blooms. Tall white bog orchid, bunchberry, yellow columbine, and heart-leaved arnica were everywhere along the trail (see below).

The standard viewpoint atop the rockslide on the east shoreline was a bit busy, so after lunch we bushwhacked down to the marsh just below the lake’s namesake log boom for a different perspective. It was a soggy adventure but worth the 30-minute detour (see photo above).

White bog orchid BunchberryColumbine Arnica

Photos © Brian Patton