Hike #42: Sheffield Conservation Area

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.

Hike #38: White River Suspension Bridge

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.

Hike #37: A.Y. Jackson Lookout Trail

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.

Hike #35: Wendat 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.