Thursday, 24 July 2008

Neys Provincial Park, Ontario

[1] Neys is within the Central Boreal Forest Region of Ontario and is home to a predominantly coniferous forest. Neys is home to a wide variety of species of flora and fauna, including the Bunchberry, Labrador Tea, blueberry, larch, and maple. A small herd of woodland caribou, among the last of their kind, roam the region. Other wildlife include: moose, bears, wolves, foxes, deer, ruffed grouse, loons, great blue herons and bald eagles.

Immortalized on canvas by The Group of Seven, this remote and rugged peninsula promises silhouettes of rocky islands polished smooth by icy blue waters. Only the hardy survive here, including sub-Arctic plants and a rare herd of woodland caribou.

[2] Pink Lady Slipper Orchids

For the fishing enthusiast: rainbow trout, bass, lake trout, whitefish and salmon share the waters of Lake Superior.

If exploring the rugged coast of Lake Superior in a canoe, stick close to shore. Lake conditions can change rapidly. Bring your own canoe or rent one at the park.

[3] Aquasabon Gorge

Another feature of this provincial park are the Aquasabon Falls and gorge located right off Highway #17, a mile or so west of Terrace Bay. Water roars over a granodiorite cliff that is more than one hundred feet high and cascades into the gorge carved through massive headlands that run at ninety degrees to the falls.

[4] Aquasabon Falls

Photo Credits: [1]-J.S.W. [2]-Bay Blunderers, [3][4]-upertra


Charles Gramlich said...

So gorgeous. I love the color of those flowers. And that knife slice of a gorge. Wow.

Barbara Martin said...

Charles, in northern Ontario the wild flowers appear in seemingly strange places: between rocks or nestled between trees and bushes.

Ruth L.~ said...

What a great virtual tour, and how nice to learn so much about an area that I may never see in person . . . although one never knows. It's beautiful. The photos are exquisite.

Barbara Martin said...

Ruth, welcome, browse and enjoy your visit. Some of the parks I post about I have never been to either, but by presenting them to visitors allows a better understanding of the nature areas across Canada.

laughingwolf said...

i've always loved nw ontario, barbara, thx for the grand tour and revisit...

too bad superior is losing a lot of its fabulous water, as are the other lakes :(

Barbara Martin said...

Laughingwolf, I did live for a time in Thunder Bay en route to Toronto. Northwestern Ontario is exquisite in its nature and in many places untouched by humans.

Anonymous said...

What ancient lands Barbara, you certainly get a sense of that.Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to your next post here.As always, they are so interesting!

Barbara Martin said...

Pam, I like to find places where nature has been left untouched. The pictographs the First Nations left behind help us to keep in touch with times left behind.