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Are you up for a hiking challenge?  Tackle these iconic trails

For many hikers, fall is peak season for big challenges. The bugs have fled, the temperatures are lower, and the fall leaves are in sight.

If you’re looking for an exciting new trail this fall, we have three bucket list trips to recommend.

Ready to test your mettle?

La Cloche Silhouette Trail, Killarney Provincial Park


  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 80 km circuit

It is true that it is difficult, but the views from the top of the mountain are worth it. The La Cloche Silhouette Trail loop trail runs through up to ten days to complete and Campsites must be reserved in advance.

Members of Canada’s famous Group of Seven loved to paint here. In fact, La Cloche Silhouette Trail is named after a 1930s painting that Franklin Carmichael drew from a viewpoint on the trail. He, AY Jackson and AJ Casson also helped convince the Ontario government to turn this landscape into a park.

hikers in Killarney

In addition to rugged terrain, expect stream crossings and difficult climbs. About the latter, ask anyone who’s ever made it to Moose Pass. It is exhausting. If you don’t have ten days to hike the trail, try hiking a section of it or choose Killarney. day hike.

Killarney La Cloche Route

The Friends of Killarney Park store offers various guides and maps of the park, including the La Cloche Silhouette trail guide and waterproof copies of the official Killarney Provincial Park map.

Coastal Trail, Lake Superior Provincial Park

Coastal trail on Lake Superior

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 65 kilometers

Anyone who has walked the coastal path will tell you that it lives up to its “strenuous” rating. This spectacular route along the world’s largest freshwater lake is diverse and appeals to hikers on many levels. If you like wild places, steep hikes, varied terrain, dark night skies, an endless horizon, few bugs, and spectacular rocks, this is the trail for you.

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The 65 km trail is linear., so if you want to travel from one end to the other, you will need to arrange a shuttle service with one of the local providers or retrace your route. The latter is not a bad option since the view is different in the opposite direction.

Coastal Trail Camping

Hikers love their campsites, especially on the sandy beaches of Warp Bay, Gargantua Harbour, Beatty Cove and Barrett River. Cobblestone beaches and rocky outcrops also have beautiful spots. Some are more rugged than others, but all have a tent area, campfire area, and backcountry outhouse.

In shallow bays along the trail, The turquoise color of the lake is somewhat reminiscent of the Caribbean.. Don’t let the good looks fool you: Lake Superior’s water is cold!

Sinclair Cove Coastal Trail_N_0739

Weather plays a huge role on any of these long-distance hiking trails, but especially on Lake Superior. The coastal path can be windy and the waves can be high. at any time of the year, but in autumn, especially when the weather is bad, you have to pay attention to the weather forecasts.

One of the best things about walking the coastal path? He study of the stars. On clear nights, it’s unbeatable.

Kabeyun Trail, Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Kabeyun Trail at Sleeping Giant

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 40 kilometers

The Sleeping Giant’s Kabeyun Trail is ideal for overnight backpacking and shorter day hikes. This scenic coastal trail is part of a network of park trails totaling more than 100 km. Kabeyun follows the shoreline of Lake Superior starting at Thunder Bay Lookout. It then circles the tip of the peninsula (the feet of the Sleeping Giant) and finally ends at the trailhead near Highway 587.

Kabeyun Trail at Sleeping GiantThe sea lion is an iconic sight along the Kabeyun Trail.

The viewpoint is a must-see. A cantilevered platform protrudes from a cliff 100 m above Lake Superior. It’s the perfect photo shoot.

Some say the 8km Kabeyun trail between Clavet Bay and Hoorigan Bay is the most difficult. This section is less traveled than others, but those who walk it say the views are incredible.

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hiker on the trail

Many hikers head to Tee Harbour. There is a nice picnic area and a beautiful sandy beach here. Lehtinen Bay is further away and perfect for stone skipping. The 6 km Talus Lake Trail is also taken here. It connects you to the top of the giant trail, a 2.7km zigzagging climb. Once at the top, there are two more viewpoints you can hike to, one on the east side of the peninsula and one on the west side.

View of the sleeping giantAbove the Giant.

Hikers usually bring their mountain bikes. to Sleeping Giant to shorten his trip. Bicycling is allowed on several trails and on Thunder Bay Lookout Road, which is a challenging 9 km ride from Highway 587 to the lookout.

The Westwind store located in the Sleeping Giant visitor center is also worth a visit. It has detailed maps of the park’s trail system, as well as snacks and camping supplies.

Tips for challenging hikes

Remember the hiking warriors: When tackling a long-distance trail, keep safety in mind. Bring a map and compass and make sure you are properly equipped.

Smart walkers:

  • 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.
  • Bring enough water, make sure they have eaten well, and bring snacks.
  • Aim to get your feet wet when crossing stream beds (and consider bringing water shoes)
  • 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 (and consider merino wool socks to keep your feet dry)
  • Consider hiking poles for steep climbs.
  • Bring rain gear, even if the weather forecast is good.

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Path with boardwalkArab Lake Gorge Trail in Frontenac Provincial Park.

You can also enjoy the annual hiking challenge in Frontenac Provincial Park. Enjoy Frontenac’s fall colors by hiking each of the 11 main hiking loops that make up the challenge between September 1 and October 31.