Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: July 2021
Silver Lake Provincial Park is located in Eastern Ontario in Frontenac County. It’s a relatively small park and its main draw is its wide sandy beach which is reputed to be one of the best beaches in the region. It also offers boating, fishing, camping and hiking.
After spending the morning hiking at Charleston Lake Provincial Park we drove to Silver Lake to go for a swim. It turns out everyone else had the same idea on a hot Sunday afternoon. When we arrived at the park, there was a sign outside the entrance to indicate that the day-use area was full. As we were pulling in, another car was leaving, so we figured it was okay for us to enter.
We parked at the main beach area, which was packed. All the real parking spots were full, so like a few other cars, we parked along the side of the road. From here we went to check out the single hiking trail at Silver Lake, the Marsh Trail (500m roundtrip, rated easy). We walked through part of the Wesley Campground to reach the trailhead, which is located between sites #84 and #86.
The trail features a short boardwalk that crosses a marsh at the eastern edge of Silver Lake.
The path then weaves through the forest and passes three picnic tables along the way. These seemed like great spots to pack a lunch or snack and just enjoy the surrounding area (assuming you packed bug spray that is).
The trail leads to the Algonquin Campground across from site #121. We walked through the campground and back to the beach area. Silver Lake offers around 150 campsites, but from what we saw in the two campgrounds, the sites themselves seemed a bit small and didn’t offer much in terms of privacy.
We contemplated going swimming, but the beach area just seemed too crowded for our liking. We walked down to the shore to take a couple of pictures before returning to the car.
We figured we might as well test our luck at the nearby Sharbot Lake Provincial Park, which is less than a 15 minute drive down the road.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here