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Ontario Provincial Parks Trail Guide

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Publisher: Boston Mills Press

Edition Notes: Revised edition
Author Statement: Allen MacPherson
Audience: Trade
Specs: black and white photographs, maps
Pages: 168
Trim Size: 6" x 9" x 1/2"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20050507
Copyright Year: 2005
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Ontario Provincial Parks Trail Guide

A guide to the 302 interpretive and hiking trails in Ontario's provincial parks with an in-depth look at selected trails in each region of the province. Appropriate for novices, most walks are under two hours. The revised edition is fully updated.

Revised and updated.

This is the first complete guide written for interpretive and hiking trails in Ontario's provincial parks.

Now revised and updated, it offers an overview of over 308 trails found in the 87 operating provincial parks, with a more in-depth look at the author's favorite trails in each region. Trails range from the well known and well used to those rarely visited and less traveled.

The trails lead to a variety of natural sites including:

  • Rivers and waterfalls
  • Caves and cliffs
  • Wetlands
  • Wildflowers and wildlife
  • Native pictographs
  • Abandoned farms and mines
  • Historic ruins.

Parks include:

  • Algonquin
  • Quetico
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Bon Echo
  • Petroglyphs
  • Killarney
  • Sandbanks
  • Killbear
  • Kettle Lakes
  • Turkey Point.

Most of the walks are under two hours in length and accessible for the average hiker. The book also includes safety tips, valuable advice for hiking with children, and provincial park rules and regulations.

This book is a must for hikers who want to enjoy a wilderness experience in a managed environment.

Bio:

Allen MacPherson is a former park superintendent in five Ontario provincial parks. MacPherson has spent twenty-six years developing and managing recreational trails.

Preface:

Preface

Many people have written about our relationship with the wilderness, but two in particular mirror my way of thinking about nature. One is Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote, in Nature, that "The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common." The other is Henry David Thoreau, who described his experiences when walking and wrote that "In wilderness is the preservation of the world." Nature can help us know ourselves, and at the same time is worth preserving for its own sake, as well as for the values we humans attach to it.

As we enter the 21st century, the 150-year-old words of these nature lovers are as relevant as ever. It is my belief this guidebook will allow you to contribute to both the appreciation and the protection of our natural world. It will also offer encouragement to park managers to increase their efforts to improve and maintain trail opportunities in our beautiful provincial parks.

This printing of the Ontario Provincial Parks Trail Guide marks the fifth year of its existence. It was the first comprehensive guide ever written for interpretive and hiking trails in provincial parks. As with the first edition, I ask you, the user, to write to me in care of the publisher whenever you discover a flaw in the trail descriptions or would like to share a special trail experience. I also encourage you to write the relevant park superintendent as well to voice your opinions and concerns. After all, it is your park!

This edition contains major and minor alterations to 76 provincial parks and approximately 23 new trail descriptions for a total of 212.2 kilometres of new trail.

Photographs were taken by the author, or supplied by individuals or Ontario Parks. They were selected to illustrate the objective of the nature walk or an outstanding point of interest along the trail.

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Introduction

This guide briefly describes the 325 interpretive and hiking trails found in 86 operating Ontario Provincial Parks. These trails range from those well known and well used in parks such as Algonquin, to little known trails visited by only a few people. They lead you to explore rivers, wateffalls, caves, cliffs, rugged shorelines, forests, bogs and marshes, and traces of our history in abandoned farms, old mines, fire towers and native pictographs. You will become acquainted with the lives and stories of a few of the early settlers, miners, loggers, trappers and the native peoples. You will also be able to add to the pleasure of walking by combining it with other pursuits -- birdwatching, the study of rocks, wildflowers, bogs, ferns, trees and other natural features. Best of all, you will come to know the land better, and increase your sense of connected-ness to it and respect for all that it embraces.

Most of the nature walks in this book are generally less than two hours long, easy to walk with clearly marked routes. Since the trails are located within provincial parks, parking, toilets, and drinking water can be found either at or near the start of the trail. Descriptions of the trails are based upon information gathered during the summers of 1998 and 1999 and the fall of 2004, either from park staff or during actual trail visits. However, you should be on the alert for possible changes due to human intervention or natural occurrences.

TOC:

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

How to use this guide
Other special places
Glossary of terms

Take a hike
Hiking with kids
Rules and regulations
Other useful information
Hiking season
Tips for safe hiking
Some final words

NORTHWESTERN REGION

    Aaron
    Blue Lake
    Caliper Lake
    Kakabeka Falls
    MacLead
    Neys
    Ojibway
    Ouimet Canyon
    Pakwash
    Pigeon River
    Quetico
    Rainbow Falls
    Rushing River
    Sandbar Lake
    Sleeping Giant
    Al's Picks

NORTHEASTERN REGION

    Esker Lakes
    Fushimi Lake
    Greenwater
    Ivanhoe Lake
    Kap-Kig-Iwan
    Kettle Lakes
    Lake Superior
    Nagagamisis
    Obatanga
    Pancake Bay
    Potholes
    Rene Brunelle
    The Shoals
    Tidewater
    Wakami Lake
    White Lake
    Al's Picks

NEAR NORTH REGION

    Arrowhead
    Chutes
    Driftwood
    Fairbank
    Finlayson Point
    Grundy Lake
    Halfway Lake
    Killamey
    Killbear
    Marten River
    Mikisew
    Mississagi
    Restoule
    Samuel de Champlain
    Six Mile Lake
    The Massasauga
    Windy Lake
    Other Special Places
    Al's Picks

ALGONQUIN/CENTRAL REGION

    Algonquin
    Balsam Lake
    Bass Lake
    Darlington
    Emily
    Mark S. Bumham
    McRae Point
    Petroglyphs
    Sibbald Point
    Other Special Places
    Al's Picks

SOUTHEASTERN REGION

    Bon Echo
    Bonnechere
    Charleston Lake
    Ferris
    Fitzroy
    Frontenac
    Lake St. Peter
    Murphys Point
    Presqu'ile
    Rideau River
    Sandbanks
    Sharbot Lake
    Silent Lake
    Silver Lake
    Voyageur
    Al's Picks

SOUTHWESTERN REGION

    Awenda
    Bronte Creek
    Earl Rowe
    John E. Pearce
    MacGregor Point
    Pinery
    Point Farms
    Port Burwell
    Point
    Rondeau
    Sauble Falls
    Selkirk
    Springwater
    Turkey Point
    Wasaga Beach
    Other Special Places
    Al's Picks

Ontario Trail Associations and Friends
Recommended Reading

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