Hike #30: Trapper’s Trail

Distance hiked: 1.5km
Location: Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario
Date: July 4, 2020

Hiking is not always about the distance, but sometimes the views along the way. While many trails in Lake Superior Provincial Park feature sweeping views of the lake and its rugged coastline, Trapper’s Trail (1.5km, rated easy) is reputed to provide a different type of view – of the wildlife. Spoiler alert: it lived up its reputation.

The trailhead for Trapper’s Trail is located off of Highway 17 just north of Orphan Lake and Katherine Cove. The trail follows along the shoreline of Rustle Lake, features two viewing platforms and has a floating boardwalk.

We had a rather ambitious day planned, so we got up bright and early. So early that when we arrived at the trailhead it was around 7:30a.m and we were the only people there. Perfect.

The trail loops around Rustle Lake. We hiked clockwise and started off by walking through the forest along the shoreline. As we were approaching the first boardwalk, we heard splashing in the water. And it was loud. We paused and waited. Sure enough, a moose comes out of the water, crosses the boardwalk in front of us, and heads over to the marshy area on the other side of the lake.

We cautiously approached the boardwalk and watched the moose fade into the bushes. I guess this explains why there weren’t too many bugs around us, it’s because they were all swarming around the moose.

Needless to say, the rest of the hike wasn’t nearly as eventful, but it was still a pretty pleasant hike. The trail is well marked with a series of blue markers and the path is relatively flat with minimal elevation gain.

There are a couple of viewing platforms along the trail that provide a nice view of the lake.

The highlight of the trail (besides the encounter with the moose) is the floating boardwalk near the end of the loop that allows you to walk across the lake and see it up close.

As the trail description says, a quiet walk at dawn really does provide the best wildlife viewing opportunities.

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My progress on the 52 Hike Challenge can be found here

28 thoughts on “Hike #30: Trapper’s Trail

  1. kagould17 says:

    That just goes to show that Nature gives gifts to those who show up early. Great to see a moose so close. You are probably right….He was a Moosequito Magnet. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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  2. corinnaweber says:

    I got so excited reading this…it’s as if I saw him with my own eyes. Lucky you! I miss the lake views – so typical for Canada. Take care! Corinna from Kassel

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Coming across the moose was so unexpected. I’m glad I had my phone already in my hand and was able to snap a couple of pictures before it ran away. The early bird really does get the worm. Or moose in this case. Thanks for reading.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      That’s so exciting!! I’ve really enjoyed the 52 Hike Challenge so far as it’s a good excuse to get outside and explore new trails. Because of the pandemic, there really isn’t a whole lot else to do besides hiking. So it’s worked out pretty well. Best of luck on the challenge. Looking forward to following your progress.

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