This page is intended to detail the Beaver Boardwalk as a Town of Hinton Asset, Project, and its History. For educational materials relating to the boardwalk, or information regarding tourism in Hinton in general, please visit ExploreHinton.ca
The world’s longest freshwater boardwalk is a great family outing that showcases the local wetland system around Maxwell Lake.
Built over a number of years through volunteer effort with corporate support, the attraction features more than three kilometres of boardwalk, seating areas, and interpretive signs. Numbers of beavers vary from year to year, but at times there are upwards of a dozen in the area. The boardwalk meanders through marshland and fens, bringing visitors close to the active beaver dam and lodge.
Visiting in the warm weather months, early morning or evening is the best time to see the beavers hard at work. Numerous species of birds, butterflies, as well as deer frequent the boardwalk area and surrounding trail systems.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: BEAVER BOARDWALK
Please be advised that access is limited in the area of the Maxwell Lake pedestrian bridge as the bridge replacement is being completed. In 2018 the bridge was closed due to unsafe conditions. Please plan an alternate route while enjoying the boardwalk.
The Beaver Boardwalk tower and the Maxwell Lake boardwalk platform (located on the south side of the lake) have been closed to foot traffic until further notice, due to unsafe conditions.
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Throughout the Beaver Boardwalk are a number of signs, bearing content detailing flora, fauna, and messages of good forest stewardship. This offers visitors to the community, and residents, an opportunity to engage with the plants and animals of the natural environment, and learn more about ways we can help protect them and honour our natural environment.
You can learn more about the different signs on their respective pages, listed and linked below, or by viewing the brochure, available here (coming soon!).
Why Wetlands are Special
- Please help keep the trails litter-free by using the bear-proof garbage bins provided throughout the trail system.
- Cyclists must dismount when encountering other people. Using a bell is recommended. Remember to wear your helmets!
- Trails are to be used for non-motorized recreation only. It is illegal to operate off-highway vehicles anywhere within town limits.
- Do not damage or remove plants and other natural materials.
- Dogs are permitted on trails, but should be kept under control at all times. Owners must clean up after their dogs.
- Wildlife has the right of way – beavers, deer, elk, moose, black bears, wolves, grizzly bears and cougars may be encountered in the Hinton area.
- Fires are not permitted on or adjacent to town trails. Help reduce the risk of forest fires.