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Great Horned OwlBird Watching

Snow Lake is a bird watcher’s paradise, as the combination of boreal forest and the pristine nature of our countryside is very conducive to native birds.

Some of the numerous species that can be observed in the Snow Lake area include the following:
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Common Red Poll*
  • Purple Finch
  • Pine Grosbeak*
  • Blackcapped Chickadee*
  • Tree Creeper*
  • Nuthatch*
  • Canada Jay*
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Sparrows
  • Junco
  • Redwing Blackbird
  • Robin
  • Yellow Headed Blackbird
  • Raven*
  • Grackle
  • Crow
  • Tundra Swan
  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Hoary Red Poll*
  • Pelican
  • Osprey
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Doublecrested Cormorant
  • Kingfisher
  • Bittern
  • American Kestrel
  • Snipe
  • Yellowlegs
  • Sandpiper
  • Kildeer
  • Ruffed Grouse*
  • Spruce Grouse*
  • Ptarmigan*
  • Canada Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Great Grey Owl*
  • Horned Owl*
  • Boreal Owl*
  • Redtail Hawk
  • Goshawk
  • Nighthawk
  • Horned Lark
  • Cedar Waxwing*
  • Snow Bunting*
  • Pileated Woodpecker*
  • Downy Woodpecker*
  • Hairy Woodpecker*
  • Flicker
  • Yellowbellied Sapsucker
  • Gulls
  • Tern
  • Loon
  • Rednecked Grebe
  • Mallard
  • Pintail
  • Widgeon
  • Common Merganser
  • Bufflehead
  • Goldeneye
  • Teal
  • Coot
  • Shoveller and Bohemian Waxwing.

* Denotes winter sightings

Local Flowers

Snow Lake has an abundance of wild flowers, most of which are extremely beautiful, including Rose, Tiger Lily (shown one this page, coourtesy P. Wood), Indian Paint Brush, Lady Slipper, Potentilla, Wild Daisy, Violet, Crocus and Bluebell.

Wildlife Observation

Snow Lake is among the best wildlife observation points in Canada. The following is a brief list of the animals you may see:

Moose, Bear, Deer, Woodland Caribou, Muskrat, Beaver, Mink, Fox, Otter, Wolverine, Coyote, Hare, Weasel, Fisher, Marten, Lemming, Mouse, Mole, Chipmunk, Red Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Woodchuck, Vole, Lynx and Wolf.

Berry and Mushroom Picking

The surrounding countryside is literally full of berries of all descriptions. The secret is to look for the areas that were burned out during a recent fire, for these are the areas that will yield the most berries.

Wild strawberries may be picked in late June and July; wild raspberries in July and wild blueberries in August. Cranberries, gooseberries and numerous varieties of wild mushrooms also abound in the area.


Both amateur and professional photographers will find the flora and fauna, as well as the sunsets, lakes, and rivers of the Snow Lake area to be among the most spectacular in Canada. Wekusko Falls, Snow Lake's Sunset Bay, the suspension bridges, autumnal colours, islands, rapids, wild life, wildflowers, and the mine beckon photographers from all over the world.

Internationally acclaimed film makers have journeyed to the Snow Lake area and filmed reels of outdoor footage to use in nature movies. Amateur photographers will find the same sights and footage await them. In 2009, the well-known fishing and hunting show "The Hunting Chronicles" filmed fishing shows in Snow Lake, Flin Flon, Bakers Narrows and Creighton.