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Whether you’re conquering a rocky hill or taking a leisurely stroll along a boardwalk, we have the perfect trail for you.

How many of these essential trails throughout the province have you explored?

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Neys Provincial Park

Pic Island Lookout Trail

Pic Island viewpoint and button

Climb this rustic road to the pagoda and enjoy a spectacular iconic view of Lake Superior. Stand at the spot where Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven captured and immortalized Pic Island in his sketches and paintings. Capture your moment, then sit by the artist’s easel (interpretive panel) and read more about the Group of Seven.

Don’t forget to take a selfie at the top and show it to the visitor center staff to receive the “I Hiked to Pic Island Overlook” button!

  • Distance: 4.5 km one way, 9 km round trip
  • Difficulty: Intermediate/advanced (due to a steep and constant uphill climb)

René Brunelle Provincial Park

The path of surveillance

hiker on • La Vigilance Trail in René Brunelle

The trail follows the shoreline of Lake Remi through the boreal forest, with views of the lake. An opening in the shoreline overlooks Airplane Island, home to a 1920s seaplane base for fire detection aircraft. Wildland firefighting was in its infancy in the 1920s, and airplanes have only been around for a couple of decades, but the deadly Matheson Fire of 1916 prompted Ontario to create a firefighting organization. “Vigilance” refers to being alert to forest fires.

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Difficulty: easy

Rondeau Provincial Park

Tulip Tree Trail

Tulip Tree Trail Boardwalk

This barrier-free trail offers an up-close look at the beautiful old-growth Carolina forest in Rondeau. Hikers will be amazed by the towering tulips and surrounded by rare southern species such as sassafras and Shagbark hickory.

This trail consists of many boardwalks where you can stop to observe the marshes and the wildlife that inhabit them. Bird watchers flock to this trail in May to enjoy the migrating songbirds and hope to catch a glimpse of the endangered prothonotary warbler in its prime breeding habitat. During the summer months, it is not uncommon to see a bright blue flash as a common five-lined skink crosses the trail.

  • Distance: 1.2 kilometers
  • Difficulty: easy (and without barriers!)
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Arrowhead Provincial Park

Stubb Falls Trail

waterfalls and bridge

Who doesn’t love waterfalls? At Stubb’s Falls, the Little East River runs down a rock slide.

In spring, enjoy truly spectacular blankets of trilliums. In autumn, this trail is ideal to enjoy the colors of the leaves.

  • Distance: 2 kilometers
  • Difficulty: easy

Murphy’s Point Provincial Park

Silver Queen Mine Trail

Ore car at Silver Queen Mine

From Lally Homestead, the Silver Queen Mine Trail leads to the restored, early 20th century, partially open-pit mica mine. Admire the heritage exhibits and check out the reconstructed miners’ barracks. Access to the mine and bunkhouse is only available during mine tours.

  • Distance: 2 km partial circuit.
  • Difficulty: easy

Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Lonely Swamp Trail

Esker Lakes Landscape

Esker Lakes is located on the largest esker in Ontario. The trail circles a small, picturesque boreal forest lake, crossing a wooded swamp at one end. Interpretive panels along the trail tell the history of the lake and swamp, and point out some of the other features, such as glacial erratics moved by glacial ice from the northern end.

The combination of forest and wetland habitat is a magnet for birds: the boreal forest is known as the “songbird breeding ground.”

  • Distance: 1.5 km circuit
  • Difficulty: easy

Sauble Falls Provincial Park

Sauble Trail

falls

The Sauble Trail passes through a mixed hardwood forest and red pine plantations. An interpretive pamphlet, with marked stops along the trail, explains current and historical forest management practices in the area. This trail also runs through an area of ​​ancient sand dunes, so for your protection it is hiking only, no bikes allowed.

  • Distance: 2.5 km circuit
  • Difficulty: easy

Bonnèchere Provincial Park

Footprints in Time Trail (FIT)

The trail follows the meandering Bonnechere River. The trail features highly innovative publications or “museums on a stick.” It’s a great way for kids to explore while learning more about traditional indigenous knowledge and the history of the park. Some of the signs include instructions for on-site activities and sensory play.

  • Distance: 2 km circuit
  • Difficulty: easy

Blue Lake Provincial Park

Fir Swamp Trail

Spruce Fen Trail Boardwalk

A “swamp” is a fascinating world where land floats on water, plants eat animals, and water creatures can fly. Spruce Fen Trail takes you through a setting of black spruce swamps and beaver ponds. The trail has a boardwalk to protect the marsh and is also wheelchair accessible.

  • Distance: 1 km circuit
  • Difficulty: easy (no barriers)
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Restoule Provincial Park

fire tower trail

Two hikers looking at the lake.

This scenic trail passes through a variety of deciduous forest habitats, passing streams and ponds, and eventually climbs to the top of “The Bluff” above Stormy Lake (bald eagles have been seen flying past the 100-foot cliff edge). m).

Take in the surrounding lakes and forests (stunning in autumn). At the top of the hill is a historic fire tower that still stands and was once used to detect forest fires.

  • Distance: 7 km circuit
  • Difficulty: moderate (several steep rocky climbs)

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Discovery Trail

Hiker on Sharbot Lake Discovery Trail

Follow this trail along the ridge of land that divides Black Lake and Sharbot Lake. Walk through stands of maple, oak, and birch and observe a dramatic change in topography. From the top of the ridge you can see both lakes.

  • Distance: 1.2 kilometer circuit
  • Difficulty: moderate

Algonquin Provincial Park

Lumber Museum Trail

Log flume along the lumber museum trail

This trail is like an open-air walking museum, interactive and great for kids (they like to ride the train and the steam tug “Alligator”).

This trail is also suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

  • Distance: 1.3 kilometers
  • Difficulty: easy (no barriers)

Quetico Provincial Park

Pines Hiking Trail

quetic walker

The Pines Trail, an extension of the Whiskey Jack Trail, encompasses a sandy beach guarded by a majestic old-growth red and white pine tree. Enjoy the solitude of the ride, picnic on the beaches of Pickerel Lake, or venture inland. The trail includes moderate to steep climbs.

  • Distance: 10 kilometres
  • Difficulty: moderate

Killarney Provincial Park

Forest Lake Trail

Lake of the Woods Killarney

A great alternative to some of Killarney’s better known trails, this one circles around the small Lake of the Woods on the eastern edge of Killarney. To choose the best route, take the trail on the right as it forks and climbs above Lake of the Woods, along rocky heights on its west side, with views of Silver Peak in the La Cloche Mountains in the distance. After the descent, a boardwalk extends the trail to a small island in the lake.

  • Distance: 3.5 kilometers
  • Difficulty: moderate to difficult

Some safety tips

  • Plan ahead and share your itinerary with a family member or friend
  • Always carry a map, compass and flashlight.
  • Obtain all necessary park permits before leaving.
  • Carry enough water, make sure you have eaten well, and bring snacks.
  • Bet on getting your feet wet when crossing stream beds
  • Start early. Sections of the trail often take longer than expected
  • Wait a day or two for trails to dry after a heavy rain.
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Consider hiking poles for steep climbs.
  • Bring rain gear, even if the weather forecast is good.
  • Give yourself enough time to complete the tour before dark.

Follow your feet to Ontario parks

hiker on the trail

Try one of our 14 suggested trails or find a park near you with our Park Locator.

Happy trails!