Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: June 2021
Fairbank Provincial Park is situated on a crystal clear spring-fed lake near Sudbury. In addition to providing great opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing and boating, Fairbank features a single hiking trail that provides sweeping views of the surrounding area and offers car camping at 160 campsites.
On the drive to Sudbury, we stopped at Fairbank for a couple of hours to have lunch and knock another park off our list. After spending the morning hiking in Manitoulin Island, we rolled into Fairbank just after 12:30p.m and stopped at the Park Office to pick up a park patch and t-shirt.
We first went to hike along the Wa-Shai-Ga-Mog Trail (500m roundtrip, estimated to take 30-45minutes to complete), which is the original name of Fairbank Lake and the Ojibway word for “clear water”. The trailhead is located near the boat launch and loops through the forest and along rocky outcrops.
The trail is well-signed with yellow markers on trees and yellow blazes pained along the rocks. It also contains 12 numbered signs which highlight a nice view or something interesting along the trail. This includes a scenic overlook of Fairbank Lake and the surrounding area at viewpoint #5 and the Fairbanks Fault, a fracture in the earth’s crust at viewpoint #8.
Afterwards we drove by the beach area. While Fairbank is known for its crystal clear water, on an overcast day like today, we weren’t able to see it in its full glory. We had initially planned to go swimming, but the water didn’t look very inviting with all those dark clouds.
Instead we found an empty campsite to make and eat some lunch. Nothing fancy. Just eggs and a cheese quesadilla.
It was then time for us to hit the road again.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here