Located just north of Napanee along Highway 41, Sheffield Conservation Area offers the most southerly dark sky site in Ontario and is often used for stargazing. The conservation area also features a single hiking trail that weaves through the forest, along granite outcroppings and around wetlands.
Scanlon Creek Conservation Area is located near Lake Simcoe just north of Newmarket. It offers over 10km of hiking trails that weave through the different habitats in the conservation area, including forests, wetlands, and open meadows.
The Helenbar Lookout Trail (7km, rated moderate) leads through the forest and is reputed to feature interesting geological features and a great view over Helenbar Lake.
The trail winds uphill through the boreal forest and features a number of scenic lookouts that are reputed to provide some of the best views of Lake Superior.
We had a rather ambitious day ahead of us as we planned to hike the White River Suspension Bridge Trail (18km, rated difficult). The trail follows the Coastal Hiking Trail (a 60km trail that weaves through the boreal forest and near the Lake Superior coastline and is part of the Trans-Canada Trail) to a suspension bridge 23m above the Chigamiwinigum Falls. As with most trails in Pukaskwa, the White River Suspension Bridge Trail starts at the Visitor Centre.
A.Y. Jackson was a famous Canadian painter and a founding member of the Group of Seven. He often drew inspiration from many of the landscapes in Northern Ontario, including Onaping River in Sudbury, which is depicted in his “Spring on the Onaping River” painting in 1953. There is now an overlook of and trail around Onaping High Falls that is named after Jackson.
Distance hiked: 6kmLocation: Halfway Lake Provincial Park, OntarioDate: August 9, 2020 Halfway Lake Provincial Park is named after Halfway Lake, which marked the halfway point between the main logging area and the railway line back in the early 1900s when this area was used as a logging camp. We camped the previous night at Windy … Continue reading Hike #36: Echo Pond Trail
We arrived at Awenda the night before and camped here. We started our day off by hiking along the Wendat Trail. Wendat means “island dwellers” or “dwellers of the peninsula” and was named after the Iroquoian-speaking people who lived in this area between 1200 to 1650. Archaeologists believe that at least two historic Wendat villages were located in Awenda Provincial Park.
Island Lake marks the headwaters, or source, of the Credit River, which flows all the way to Port Credit and into Lake Ontario. It is the largest artificial lake in the Credit River Watershed and is considered a provincially significant wetland.
We spent the weekend up north at the cabin in an attempt to beat the heat. On the drive back to Toronto, we decided to stop at the Menzel Centennial Provincial Nature Reserve to knock another hike off our list.