Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: September 2021
Grundy Lake Provincial Park is located between Georgian Bay and Lake Nipissing and is a great place to experience the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. It features a few inland lakes and offers a variety of activities on and near the water, including swimming, fishing, boating, paddling, camping and hiking.
On the drive back home from our two-week road trip through Northern Ontario, we stopped at Grundy Lake to eat lunch and go on a couple of hikes. We arrived at the park shortly before noon. It was a beautiful day outside (19°C) and mostly sunny, which probably explained why the park was so busy.
We parked at the covered picnic area across from the main beach and walked for a few hundred metres to get to the trailhead for Gut Lake Trail (2.5km loop, rated moderate to difficult). The trail crosses rocky outcrops along the shoreline of Gut Lake, weaves through the forest, and passes by a marsh.
The trail is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate as it is well-signed with yellow markers on the trees and yellow arrows and circles on the rocks. The biggest obstacle was dealing with all the other hikers on the trail. This was by far the busiest park we visited during our road trip.
Once we wrapped up our hike, we walked back to the picnic area where we parked to eat lunch. The covered shelter was a great place to hang out to avoid the afternoon sun. I’m always amazed that more people don’t use these picnic facilities.
Afterwards we hiked along the Swan Lake Trail (1.5km loop, rated moderate to difficult), which is located in a protected nature reserve across from the Jack Pine Campground. The trail crosses a floating boardwalk over Swan Lake before weaving over, up, down and around large exposed rocks. Along the way there are nice views and lookouts of the wetlands. The nice thing about visiting in the fall was that there were no pesky bugs, only (pesky) humans.
It was then time for us to head out and continue our drive back home.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here