Distance hiked: 1.5km
Location: Grundy Lake Provincial Park, Ontario
Date: June 27, 2020
One benefit of the pandemic is that we’ve been spending more time exploring our home province of Ontario. We took a week off from work and planned a nine day road trip around part of Georgian Bay and Lake Superior, an area of the province that neither of us have visited. Our first stop on our itinerary: Grundy Lake Provincial Park.
Grundy Lake offers a range of activities, including hiking. There are three relatively short trails that weave their way through different habitats in the park, including wetlands, forests and rocky overcrops. Our favourite of these trails was the Swan Lake Trail (1.5km loop, rated moderate to difficult).
The trail is well marked with yellow blazes on trees and rocks. It winds through a protected nature reserve and features lovely views of wetlands and rocky ridges. It also features a wide array of bugs: mosquitoes, deer flies, black flies and horse flies.
We arrived at the trailhead bright and early shortly after 8:00a.m. We were the first people to hit the trail, which was great as I didn’t have to worry about other people obstructing my views (or pictures), but that also meant that we were the only fresh blood on the trail … and the bugs seemed hungry.
The path first follows along a short boardwalk through a marshy area.
From there the trail hugs the shoreline of Swan Lake. We followed the yellow markers through the forest and along large granite slabs and boulders.
We always snickered at people who wore bug hats, but we sure were wishing we had picked some up prior to this trip. Luckily it was still cool outside and I wore a hoodie during this hike so I was able to cover my ears.
The path leads around another marshy lake and follows along a series of rocky ridges before looping back to the parking lot.
Despite constantly being harassed by the bugs, it was a pretty nice hike with lovely scenery. It was a great way to start the day at Grundy Lake and on our provincial parks road trip around the Ontario portion of Lake Superior.
My progress on the 52 Hike Challenge can be found here