Thu. Feb 29th, 2024
Lake Superior Provincial Park Legacy Project - #OP125

As part of Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary, we are asking Ontarians to help us fund five legacy projects throughout the province.

The Lake Superior Provincial Park legacy project is the improvement and expansion of the Noisy Bay hiking trail and the creation of an accessible trail to the beach.

Lake Superior Provincial Park Legacy Project

Accessible path from the Visitor Center to the beach

The Visitor Center is the focal point of the park and a popular rest stop for road travelers.

visitors Center

Currently, anyone with mobility issues would have difficulty accessing the beach anywhere in the park.

way to the beach

The proposed accessible trail, which includes an accessible viewing platform with accessible picnic tables, will offer all visitors the opportunity to enjoy and experience the powerful beauty of the Lake Superior shoreline.

Updating and expanding the Noisy Bay hiking trail

The Noisy Bay Trail is the northernmost trail in the park. Currently it is a linear trail, with a total length of approximately 4 km. Hikers start on the highway, hike to Noisy Lake, then continue to the shore of Lake Superior, before retracing their steps to the beginning.

pebble beach leading to the forest

The second part of the park’s legacy project will expand this trail into a loop, as well as build a bridge over Noisy Creek to make crossing safer and easier.

What makes this trail special?

Noisy Bay Beach is itself a geologically fascinating place. The rock type at Noisy Bay is greenstone, a metamorphosed volcanic rock.

pebble beach with waves, forest in the distanceNoisy bay, looking north

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These green stones are some of the oldest rocks in Ontario, approximately 2.7 billion years old. The Noisy Bay Greenstones are located on the shore of a relatively “young” (in geological time) Lake Superior, approximately 10,000 years old.

Noisy Bay beach, pebble beach and forestNoisy Bay, looking south

How to contribute

OP125 logo above image of people walking on Lake Superior beachIf you would like to help us improve Lake Superior’s Noisy Bay Trail and make the park more accessible to visitors, please visit our New donation page.

Make a camping reservation? You will have the option to add a donation to a project of your choice.

You can also check back throughout the year to find out how close we are to funding the project!