Silent Lake Provincial Park Trails

Apsley, Ontario

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Other than the lake itself, this 1,450ha (3,582-acre) park doesn’t have any particular feature that stands out, but it’s still one of the top 10 places to go in Ontario. You’ll love the astonishing diversity of habitats, the sunset over the beach, the changing leaf colours in fall, and just the relative emptiness of the place. On a typical 3hr hike, you’ll see black ash, white cedar, sugar maple, eastern hemlock, yellow birch, and white pine. Rock types throughout the park include marble, granite, limestone and gneiss. The rare silvery glade, the Virginia chain and 23 other ferns can be found here, as can rose pogonias, twig-rushes, buckbeans and pitcher plants. Common bird sightings include ospreys, common loons and scarlet tanagers. Black bears, beaver, otter, mink and four-toed salamanders also live in the park. This trail guide includes Lakehead Loop Trail, Bonnie’s Pond Trail, and Lakeshore Hiking Trail.
Hiking in Ontario

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Hiking in Ontario

by Tracey Arial (Ulysses Travel Guides)

Other than the lake itself, this 1,450ha (3,582-acre) park doesn’t have any particular feature that stands out, but it’s still one of the top 10 places to go in Ontario. You’ll love the astonishing diversity of habitats, the sunset over the beach, the changing leaf colours in fall, and just the relative emptiness of the place. On a typical 3hr hike, you’ll see black ash, white cedar, sugar maple, eastern hemlock, yellow birch, and white pine.

Rock types throughout the park include marble, granite, limestone and gneiss. The rare silvery glade, the Virginia chain and 23 other ferns can be found here, as can rose pogonias, twig-rushes, buckbeans and pitcher plants. Common bird sightings include ospreys, common loons and scarlet tanagers. Black bears, beaver, otter, mink and four-toed salamanders also live in the park. This trail guide includes Lakehead Loop Trail, Bonnie’s Pond Trail, and Lakeshore Hiking Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Apsley
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 3 trails totaling 7.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Silent Lake Provincial Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

9/2/2007
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The Lakeshore loop trail is long enough to make it a nice outing for the day, and Silent Lake is close enough to Toronto for a day trip, which is what I did. Because the trail itself is not particularly challenging technically, nor is persistent climbing/descent involved, I would qualify it merely as "moderate" in difficulty. The first few kilometers (starting clockwise from the day-use are) are nice but meander through well-trod areas and the trail itself is not always clearly marked; when in doubt, follow the well-traveled paths nearest the shore until you pass the boat launch. After that the path is clear, diving in and out of the forest at various times, with nice rock outcroppings every 1-2 kilometres for views/lunching/whatever. The further you get, the trail is less and less traveled but is always clear and easy to follow. The stretch from the boardwalk back to the parking area does not follow the late and was not particularly interesting, but makes for a nice loop. The trail "map" provided at the parks office is quite poor.



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May 2018