Stand on rock that's half the age of the Earth

Voyageurs National Park 

Overlooking the blue waters of Rainy Lake from a granite bluff
The lookout from atop the Anderson Bay Trail


Voyageurs National Park is part of the Canadian Shield, an area that stretches from Hudson Bay to northern Minnesota. This area of exposed Precambrian rocks formed two-billion years before the age of dinosaurs when numerous volcanic islands collided together. The glacially smoothed rocky outcrops and low elevations that now characterize the park's terrain provide little hint of the area's more dramatic history.

Take a hike on the Anderson Bay Trail to stand atop these massive rocks, look out across the lakes, and reflect upon the changes which occur throughout geologic time.

Last updated: December 18, 2015