Gem Lakes Hike

On Saturday we drove a bit north east of here and explored the Gem Lakes in Narrow Hills Provincial Park.  It’s fairly accessible – although we went in a truck, a car could easily make the drive.  The weather was perfect – not too hot, and a breeze to keep the bugs at bay.  The lakes are very small – but very deep!  The scenery was amazing.  There’s info and a trail map on the Sask Tourism site.

I have an album of photos on flickr here.

blueberries starting to ripen

We took our time and stopped often to look at plants, flowers, trees, etc. as well as the beautiful lakes.

prairie lily

 

the trail was well marked and had info plaques all along

 

rickety boat left on the shore. The lakes are stocked for fishing.

 

Pearl Lake!

The lakes are Jade, Opal, Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl (and Little Pearl) then back to Little Jade/Jade.


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checking our map

checking our map

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Opal Lake – such clear water!

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and great for a swim! It dropped off very steeply

We started the hike on the north-east shore of Jade Lake.  Next time, we’ll go the other way (south-west).  After fairly strenuous hiking of the trails, the last km or so is very much up/down hill on that south/west shoreline.  We plan to come back in the fall when the trees begin to change colours.  A great day!

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