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Town Of Foam Lake, Leisure Services
Foam Lake Location: From Foam Lake, the Lure Crop Viewing Area is 5.6km W on Hwy 16, turn N; Bertdale Viewing Area is 8km N on Hwy 310, then 2.4km W; Johnson Viewing Area is 11.2km N on Hwy 310, then 3.2km W and 0.4km S.
Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails
Modern Washrooms
This segment of trail near Foam Lake is part of the Quill Lakes International Bird Area, which was established and is managed by Ducks Unlimited Canada to provide protected wetland marshes for our province’s waterfowl species. There are two main components to this protected region – the Foam Lake Nature Centre and the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh, which includes the Lure Crop, Bertdale, and Johnson Viewing Areas.The Foam Lake Nature Center is located in Foam Lake on Yellowhead Hwy 16. It features a waterfowl diorama, an interactive map of the Heritage Marsh, interpretive displays and an activity centre for children. A short hiking trail next to the Centre allows visitors to view songbirds while strolling beside Milligan Creek, the headwaters of Quill Lakes. An internet café, picnic area, camping and rest stop services are also available at the Centre.The three self-guided viewing areas around the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh also offer great opportunities to spot wildlife, as well as to learn about the area’s Icelandic history. Each site features walking trails, lookouts, interpretive signage and a washroom. (Note that some of these areas may not be accessible between late Aug and Nov due to the operation of waterfowl feeding stations and lure crops.)From the Lure Crop Viewing Area, you can continue on foot along Vatnabyggd Trail to access the marsh monument, view grassland birds and learn about Icelandic history. The Vatnabyggd Trail also connects to the Bertdale Viewing Area and from here you can explore grasslands and woodlands along the Engitrod Trail, and visit the Bertdale Pioneer School, or go W along Vatnabyggd Trail to the DUC dam site.The Johnson Viewing Area is located on the northern tip of the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh. A tower at the site provides a panoramic view of the marsh, and the area also offers a place to launch a canoe.Some of the species you may encounter along the trails in this area are American white pelicans, great blue herons, snow geese, deer, coyotes, amphibians, black-crowned night herons, tundra swans, common goldeneyes, sandhill cranes, short-eared owls, and more! Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars and wear sturdy footwear. They are also asked to limit walking to trails, viewing towers and boardwalks, and to avoid nesting areas.

Open Year Round

Nearby Attractions

Foam Lake Nature Centre amenities include: displays, trail, parking, brochures, washrooms and picnic area. Town amenities include: restaurants, accommodations, swimming pool, baseball diamonds, hockey rink, playgrounds, parks, gas station, groceries, laundromat, fishing, curling, and bowling.

Trail Stats

  • Length : Unknown
  • Difficulty : Beginner to intermediate
  • Surface : Natural terrain
  • Environment : Aspen Parkland Ecoregion - grassland, wetland marsh, migratory bird staging area

Trail Activities

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Birdwatching

Additional Trail Information

  • Urban / Suburban
  • Backcountry
  • No admission charge
  • Parking at trailhead
  • Modern washroom
  • Pit toilet
  • Picnic area
  • Trail markers
  • Interpretive signs at trailhead
  • Interpretive signs enroute
  • Self-guided nature trail
  • Viewing platform(s)
  • Canoeing
  • Accommodation near trailhead
  • Camping near trailhead