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Km 232: Broadback River

Picnic tables, toilets, shelters, fishing. Nice short trail leads upstream to view the rapids where there are more interpretive signs. Information panel: "James Bay, the contemporary heir of ice ages".
This is the second of the huge northern rivers that you'll cross. This also marks the approximate beginning of the prehistoric Tyrell Sea. And, this is also the approximate southern limit of the Taiga. Taiga is the word given to the type of forest here: mostly black spruce and jack pine, with numerous bogs, poor drainage, and small trees, growing in sandy soil. South of here there are a lot more deciduous trees (more poplars), and if you are going south, you will notice a dramatic increase in tree size by the time you reach Km100 or so. Going north you will start to encounter more of the taiga. However, there isn't a sudden change in the forest type. The change is gradual and subtle.
This is a good place to stop, get out, and stretch your legs. Please stay on the trail, as the surrounding vegetation is easily damaged and takes a long time to recover.

Broadback River bridge
View of the rest area from the bridge
Looking at the bridge from the rest area.
Near the bridge, looking upstream. The downstream end of the rapids is just visible. The trail leads to these rapids.
Another view of the Broadback River from the bridge, looking upstream.
Looking downstream from the bridge.
The trail leading upstream to the rapids on the Broadback River.
Farther along, the trail grows smaller. Please stay on the trail to avoid damaging the delicate ecosystem.
A viewing platform overlooking the River. There's another one farther upstream.
Along the trail are a few interpretive signs (in French only). One of them is here. It explains that this is the old riverbed of the Broadback River.
First view of the rapids through the trees.

The rapids





View movies of these rapids online
(click on the thumbnail photo to view the movie)

A kettle lake along the trail.

A kettle lake is a depression left behind by the glaciers of the last ice age, that fills with water. This one supports bog species.


Again, there's an interpretive sign here to explain this (in French only).
A view of the bridge from the trail along the Broadback River.

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