Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
On the way to Restoule

Restoule Provincial Park is a park for trail lovers, hikers, canoeists and kayakers, bird watchers, and now: mountain bikers!

Yes, Restoule now has a stretch of singletrack mountain bike trail.

If you’re not familiar with Restoule, here’s a quick tour:

stars in the sky

This park is literally “at the end of the road.” A series of local roads take you west from Highway 11, about 3 to 4 hours north of Toronto, through the small hamlet of Restoule, to the end of Highway 534.

That means the park is quiet: there are no major roads, trains or planes. Aside from a few motorboats heading to their next fishing spot, there’s nothing to disturb the tranquility of the park’s forests and lakes.

Enjoy the serenity of very dark night skies and starry nights by the campfire.

Restoule is located in the heart of the Almaguin Highlands, a rugged, mountainous forested landscape just west of Algonquin Provincial Park. It is also on the edge of a giant 500-million-year-old fault system.

cliff

The park protects forests that are a diverse mix of deciduous and coniferous tree species, creating a variety of habitats. A landscape similar to Algonquin, its larger neighbor to the east, means Restoule has excellent trail riding opportunities.

A variety of trails take advantage of this landscape of rugged forests and lakes. The park’s lakes and the Restoule River offer excellent paddling options on our water trails, which extend to the French River.

The hiking is excellent: Fire Tower Trail and Stormy Lake Lookout are among the best viewing trails in central Ontario.

trail map

However, Restoule’s bike trails might be its best-kept secret…

Angel Point Trail

Angel’s Point Trail is a 1.7 mile bike trail with two mountain bike loops that wind through a vibrant hardwood forest. The double track outer loop is an easy course with a wide trail surface and fun rolling hills.

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people cycling on the trail

Double track trail means that the trail is wide enough for two bikes to pass each other or ride side by side. If riding with other cyclists, always yield to oncoming bicycle traffic and ride single file until other cyclists have passed.

The Inner Loop is a single-track trail designed for mountain biking with gentle, winding curves, moderate elevation changes, and flowing grades, humps, and bumps.

Although the trail is not long, traveling at the slower speeds necessary to negotiate the twists and turns means this trail will give you a good ride.

two people on bicycle

Singletrack is a more challenging type of bike trail and suitable for mountain bikes.

Riders ride the trail one by one (hence the name singletrack), following the undulating path that zigzags through the forest. Watch for other cyclists on the trail, as well as branches and trees. If you don’t have a mountain bike, you can rent one at the park office.

Restoule’s singletrack isn’t riddled with obstacles like some of the tricky mountain bike trails around Ontario. This is a singletrack designed for anyone who is comfortable biking on a narrow, winding trail.

The faster you drive, the greater the challenge! For us, safety comes first. Ride safely and always wear a bicycle helmet.

people looking towards the water

The double track trail rewards you with an open spot on Lake Restoule. The views of the lake are beautiful on a sunny day, especially when the sun sets over the lake’s bright blue water. Take a dip or stop for a snack!

Ranger Point Trail

A great way to spend the afternoon, this short trail is perfect for a casual bike ride.

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Rangers Point provides access to two spectacular waterfront picnic sites on the shores of Stormy Lake, with views of Stormy Lake Bluff and the historic Fire Tower in the distance.

people on bicycles looking at the lake

The Bluff is actually a massive 100m cliff towering over Stormy Lake. It offers stunning views for hikers taking the Fire Tower Trail, canoeists paddling beneath it, or cyclists watching from a distance.

park paths

Bicycling is a great way to get around the park, especially because it allows you to leave your vehicle parked at your campsite.

As in any urban area, remember to share the road with hikers, runners, cyclists and motorists.

These are some of the benefits of riding a bicycle…

  • cycling improves your mood
  • facilitates bonding with friends and family
  • helps you have a healthy heart
  • It is easier on the joints compared to other activities, such as running.
  • Increases lower body strength, especially on mountainous trails.
  • improves coordination, especially on a more challenging ride

Come visit us!

Full-service camping is available with electric and non-electric campsites, as well as some waterfront walk-in sites and backcountry campsites accessible by water.

caravan with string lights at night

All your amenities are located at Restoule, including comfort stations, hot showers, and laundry facilities.

Boat launches and docks are located on both Restoule Lake and Stormy Lake. Explore its two sandy beaches, as well as a dog beach and exercise area on Lake Restoule.

The park office offers park souvenirs, ice, firewood, and rents mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. If you’re looking for more supplies, visit the village of Restoule, just 9 km from the park.

Breathe in the fresh forest air at Restoule!