Annual Ryder Lake Toad Migration

Thousands of tiny toadlets have begun crossing in the toad tunnel and over the roadways at certain locations in Ryder Lake. They’re almost impossible to see when you’re driving because they’re no bigger than a dime!

Hikers heading to the Elk Mountain/Mt. Thurston trailhead can help make sure these little guys don’t get squished by using the clearly marked detour route along Ryder Lake Road. This road still leads to the trailhead and adds less than 400 metres to your drive.

Please respect the toadlets and do not add to their stress by being a toadlet sightseer.

If it is absolutely necessary to venture into these areas, please endeavor to plan for midday travel as there will be fewer toads on the road during the heat of midday.

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2018 Ryder Lake Toad Migration Brochure 2018-07-11 1.33MB