Two Days upon…


When describing the surrounding landscape of my northern Manitoba home, I frequently use the word ‘rugged’. As the crow flies, just about 200 kilometers away in the Lowlands and long before the transition to the Prairies further south, a pocket of geography surprisingly turns the usual visual description of ‘Canadian wilderness’ on its head.


Meet Little Limestone Lake: the province’s newest park, a world-class marl lake of both beauty and scientific significance, an area of conservation focus for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and, importantly, the traditional territory of the Mosakahiken First Nation.


Calcite particles reacting to the sun’s heat make this water body constantly change colour; idyllic-tropical-paradise are the words that aptly describe the resulting views. In close proximity to the northern ends of the Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba systems, however, the wind can pick up and storms can barrel through with little warning. Paradise and tranquility then are fleeting —this small lake never lets you forget where you are.


Owen and I were fortunate to visit this astounding place with cameras during two days in June in an effort to help out the Manitoba chapter of CPAWS. We thank Bill Dubbert and Randy Huff in Grand Rapids for their tremendous kindness and generosity.