Length of stay: 2 days
Visited: April 2022
Spring is always an exciting time of the year as new growth starts to appear and the days get longer. We’ve had to wait a bit longer than usual this year for our flowers to bloom and trees to bud. But once that happens, it’s only a matter of time until the bugs come out with a vengeance. So, with nice weather on the forecast for the weekend, we decided to visit the cabin before the bugs take over for the next few months.
Day 1: Hiking in Frontenac Provincial Park
We left home bright and early Saturday morning and stopped at Frontenac Provincial Park to go for a hike. We arrived just before noon and the main parking lot was mostly full. The nice thing about Frontenac though is that there are over 100km of hiking trails, which helps spread out the crowds.
Last fall we hiked along the Dedication Trail South Loop, so this time we figured we’d hike the Dedication Trail North Loop (8.6km round trip) to complete the larger Cedar Lake Loop. We drove down Big Salmon Lake Road, which recently reopened for the season, to the parking lot for the trailhead for the Arkon Lake and Cedar Lake Trails. From the trailhead, we first hiked along part of the Corridor Trail and followed the signs for the Dedication Trail.
The trail is well signed with blue markers with a hiker symbol. There are also signs at each junction to signal when the path branches off as there are a series of backcountry campsites along the way and other connecting trails. We hiked counterclockwise around the loop, covering a small portion that we had previously hiked as part of the South Loop.
After the first kilometre or so, there’s a sign to indicate that the trail was established in recognition of all the volunteers who have helped make Frontenac a special place for all to enjoy. How thoughtful and certainly much appreciated.
The path was in good shape considering it was early in the spring. There were a few flooded areas and muddy patches, but these were manageable and easy to bypass. The trail meanders through the forest, along rocky ridges and passes by a bunch of lakes, ponds and wetlands.
The sun was shining and there were no bugs. There really wasn’t much for us to complain about. Towards the end of the trail, the path hugs the shore of Big Salmon Lake before connecting back to the trailhead and parking lot.
By the time we arrived at the cabin, or rather the road leading into the cabin, it was around 4:30p.m. We made two trips back and forth from the car to the cabin to carry in all our supplies for the weekend. It was then time for some rest and relaxation.
We made a fire in the wood stove and spent the remainder of the afternoon lounging around, reading and playing some games.
Day 2: Exploring by Canoe and on Foot
We woke up to another beautiful day of blue skies and sun. After having a cup of coffee (for K) and tea (for me), we went for a canoe ride around the lake as the water is usually at its calmest in the morning. We paddled around the bay and scoped out part of the river that feeds into the lake, except we didn’t make it far as a couple of trees had fallen in and blocked the path. And so we returned back to solid ground to make a proper breakfast.
After breakfast, we headed back out to explore the grounds by foot. The area around the cabin was once used for mining over a hundred years ago. While the mines have long since closed, some of the foundations from the old mining buildings can still be found near the property. We explore these ruins often when we visit the cabin and it’s neat to see how much nature has tried to reclaim this space.
We headed back to eat some lunch and to pack up. We likely won’t return anytime soon as the spring and early summer are for the bugs. And I swear, they are adapting to the bug spray.