This is our old stomping grounds.... literally! Discover our favourite hikes (and best tips) for Northeastern Ontario.
Ryan and I know the area well. Ryan’s family is from the area and we’ve spent a lot of time here. Our favourite time to visit is during the fall, when the mosquitos are scarce and the autumn colors are incredible, but with a little planning you can enjoy these special hiking routes nearly year round (some even have winter accessibility for snow shoeing!) Here are our top choices:
Bridal Veil Falls, Manitoulin Island.
Pro tip: Obviously every successful hike needs to be rewarded with a hearty meal. The Lake Huron Fish & Chip Co (on Manitoulin’s south shore) is a resident’s favourite and features fresh, locally caught fish.
Devil’s Rock, Temiskaming Shores
Without even realizing it, you may have “seen” Devil’s Rock before. This region was home to Canadian writer Leslie McFarlane, the ghost writer behind many cherished childhood classics, including several of the Hardy Boys novels. The local environment influenced many of McFarlane’s works, especially “The House On The Cliff” (under the name Franklin W. Dixon).
Pro tip: It’s not only literary fans who will enjoy this area. History buffs should take a detour to visit the Cobalt Mining Museum to appreciate camp life during the area’s silver boom.
Duchesnay Falls, North Bay
Pro tip: North Bay is developing quite the reputation for craft beer. Two top choices include Cecil’s Brew House and Kitchen and the New Ontario Brewing Company.
Cup and Saucer, Manitoulin Island
Located 18 km West of Little Current at the junction of Hwy. 540 and Bidwell Rd, it’s fairly common to start on the “wrong” trail. If this sounds like a mistake you’re likely to make (trust me, I did too), here’s a great resource on how to tell the “right” and “wrong” trails apart. Don't worry - not all the hikes involve heights!
Pro tip: If you feel like giving your legs a different kind of workout, Manitoulin Island is a fantastic place for cycling – or you can give your legs a break entirely and embrace motorcycling, which is quite popular in the area.
Caribou Mountain Tower, Temagami
Pro tip: Lake Temagami is a great spot for paddling and fishing, but even recreational fishing requires a license. This can easily and inexpensively be obtained from a large number of authorized realtors (including many local outfitters).
Remember your hiking basics
Northeastern Ontario is one of the most beautiful regions of Canada and the absolute best way to appreciate this beauty is to lace up your hikers and hit the trails. No matter how adventurous or athletic you are, you’ll be sure to find a hike that’s just the right fit for your abilities and travel style and you’re sure to capture some incredible photographs and make some amazing memories.
We'd love to hear from you! Where's your favourite spot to hike?
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