Spruce Bog Boardwalk – Exploring the bogs of Algonquin Park

After an interesting visit to the Algonquin Logging Museum trail, we wanted to continue to explore Algonquin Park a bit. We opted for another short trail, accessible a few kilometres further on Highway 60: the Spruce Bog Boardwalk.

This 1.5-kilometre trail makes a loop that passes through two bogs and therefore allows you to see this unique environment up close. So after learning a little more about the history of the park on the Logging Museum trail, this time we were going to learn more about its ecosystems!

Spruce Bog Boardwalk in the forest of Algonquin Park
Exploring another trail of beautiful Algonquin Park!

The trailhead to the Spruce Bog Boardwalk is located at 42.5 km on Highway 60. There is a large parking lot there, which was almost completely empty when we arrived. Without further ado, we set off on the trail.


Like most trails in Algonquin Park, you can pick up a booklet at the trailhead that gives more information about some of the highlights of the trail. In this case, the trail allows you to learn more about the creation of bog, and their unique ecosystem.

Walking on the Spruce Bog Boardwalk
A lovely walk on a bog!

The first bog we came across on the trail is the Sunday Creek Bog. This bog is said to have been created by beavers who dammed the creek, thus flooding the plain. Over the centuries, the accumulation of aquatic plants has resulted in the creation of peat, which changed the landscape and created a unique ecosystem.

Sunday Creek Bog in Algonquin Park
Walking on Sunday Creek Bog

The second bog that is found along the trail was created when the glaciers retreated and a big chunk of ice melted and created a kettle lake. The lake that used to be there is now almost entirely covered with vegetation. But the bog still exists; under the bog mat, the water reaches a depth of nearly nine metres in places.


Between these two bogs, we passed through a forest of Black Spruce trees, a tree capable of surviving on acidic and nutrient-poor soil. I always like to come across spruce trees on a trail, because they remind me of the northern landscapes of the magnificent Quebec’s North Shore where I lived for a few years.

Spruce trees along the boardwalk
The mighty spruce trees

As much of the trail follows a long boardwalk, it’s an easy hike, and a great way to learn more about bogs, one of Algonquin Provincial Park’s important ecosystems.

There were still many more trails to explore within Algonquin Park, but for us it was time to go back home. I know the two short trails that we hiked only gave us a glimpse of all that Algonquin Park has to offer. But we will be back soon!

A creek in Algonquin Park
Algonquin Park, you are so beautiful!

PS – I was hosted by Four Corners Algonquin during my visit to the region. This campground is located in Whitney, near the East Gate of Algonquin Park. Four Corners Algonquin has several ready-to-camp sites (including very popular bubble tents), and the tents come with a daily pass to Algonquin Park.


  1. thanks for the post, I didn’t even google that information when I was looking for nursing writing services 🙂

    1. Bogs are quite common around here, and I like how they are a unique ecosystem and an interesting place to visit! Thanks for reading 🙂

    1. I also love bog walks! I feel like these boardwalks can be so peaceful, and allow for some gorgeous views! 🙂

  2. Even though the Spruce Bog Boardwalk is such a short trail, it’s one of my favourites in Algonquin. I’m such a sucker for a boardwalk and a bog. I’ve only ever done this trail in the fall or winter, so it’s nice to see what it looks like in the peak of summer when everything is so lush and green. Fabulous captures.

    1. Thank you! And I can understand how it’s one of your favourites! Such a pretty and peaceful short trail! 🙂

    1. I agree! Bogs are such interesting ecosystems, and I love how pretty a simple boardwalk can be!

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