Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: September 2021
Caliper Lake Provincial Park is located in northwestern Ontario and is known for its impressive stand of old growth red and white pine trees. The park offers camping and other amenities, including a sandy beach, a single hiking trail and boat launch.
After spending the morning in Quetico Provincial Park, we arrived at Caliper Lake at 2p.m. We checked in at the Park Office to collect a park badge and information guide of the park. Even though we have an annual Ontario Parks pass, for some reason we still had to pay a day-use fee.
We then went to check out the day-use area and the beach. It was overcast outside, but even then, it didn’t look like the greatest lake to go swimming as there was some scuzzy green stuff near the shoreline.
From the parking lot, we walked along the road for a couple hundred metres to get to the trailhead for the Beaver Pond Trail (2-3km, rated moderate). The trail consists of two interconnecting loops. There’s a shorter loop and a longer loop that continues all the way around the entire beaver pond.
The trail is signed with a mix of a few different markers. In some cases there was an arrow to point you in the right direction or a blue marker with a hiker symbol. Either way, it’s always nice to get that validation that you’re on the actual trail. There is also a map of the trail system at the first junction where the shorter and longer loop branches off. We continued onwards along the longer loop.
The trail is a bit rocky in places and there are some steep sections. The forest floor was also damp, but thankfully not muddy, and showcased a variety of mushrooms in all different shapes, sizes and colours.
Towards the end of the longer loop, there’s a wooden viewing platform that provides a nice lookout of the beaver pond. We could spot three beaver lodges, including a heron that was standing on top of one of them.
The longer loop connects with the shorter loop again, which we followed to get back to the road and trailhead. From there, we walked back to the car and found to an empty campsite to eat a very late lunch. We then continued our drive towards Sioux Narrows.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here