Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area: Grasslands trail guide

In 1887, Canada declared the Last Mountain Lake area as an important breeding grounds’ for the wild fowl. The 1,025 ha lake was then conserved under the Migratory Birds Convention Act 1917. In 1921, it became a Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS), which makes the site the first federally protected area in North America. A hundred years after its first designation, in 1987 the lands surrounding the lake was established as a National Wildlife area (NWA), to consolidate the MBS. The NWA is 10,906 ha and hosts 300 species of birds during migration seasons. The grasslands trail immerses you in the native prairie grassland, composed of rare plants and a variety of wildlife species. The guide provides with important information on the grasslands trail, including a map, hiking tips and fauna/flora information. The hike is 1 km in length and we ask that you bring a bottle of water, particularly on hot days, as there is no shade on the trail. 

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