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Freshwater Lake

Freshwater Lake

Steve McCabe

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1997, this was also the first National Park in Dominica. Most of the park is covered by rain forest which is stunted at higher elevations. It has many outstanding attractions, including the Boiling Lake, the Valley of Desolation, Boeri Lake, Middleham, Trafalgar Falls and the Emerald Pool.

The Boiling Lake is the world's largest or second largest of its kind. It is literally boiling due to volcanic activities. It can be reached through a somewhat difficult footpath from Laudat where guides can be obtained. It passes through the Valley of Desolation which is a fumarole area smelling from sulphur.

A much easier walk from Laudat leads to the Freshwater lake. It can be extended to the crater lake Boeri Lake. There are also other trails in the park, some of which are ancient communication links used by the Caribs.

The beautiful Emerald Pool beneath a scenic waterfall is easily reached from the Canefield - Castle Bruce road. For the Trafalgar Falls the walk starts in the village Trafalgar.


January 24, 2005 change by ingvar

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