Awenda Provincial Park Trails

Penetanguishene, Ontario

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Anyone interested in glacier-created landforms will want to visit Awenda Provincial Park on the edge of the Penetanguishene Peninsula, which juts into Georgian Bay to create Nottawasaga Bay and Severn Sound. The most impressive visual element of Awenda is Nipissing Bluff, a beach rising 60m (197ft) into the air. The park also includes most of Giants Tomb Island, which it shares with the Township of Tiny. The entire park was created by glacial meltwater, a fact evidenced by its boulder fields, cobble beaches, sand dunes and kettle lakes. Awenda Provincial Park also contains the remains of abandoned Aboriginal villages that are now archaeological sites. Researchers are trying to find evidence of four different Aboriginal cultures– the Paleo, the Laurentian Archaics, the Middle Woodland and the Huron–who are assumed to have inhabited these sites. This trail guide includes Beaver Pond Trail, Brûlé Trail, Nipissing Trail, Dunes Trail, Beach Trail, Bluff Trail, and Wendat Trail.

Awenda Provincial Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Anyone interested in glacier-created landforms will want to visit Awenda Provincial Park on the edge of the Penetanguishene Peninsula, which juts into Georgian Bay to create Nottawasaga Bay and Severn Sound. The most impressive visual element of Awenda is Nipissing Bluff, a beach rising 60m (197ft) into the air. The park also includes most of Giants Tomb Island, which it shares with the Township of Tiny. The entire park was created by glacial meltwater, a fact evidenced by its boulder fields, cobble beaches, sand dunes and kettle lakes.

Awenda Provincial Park also contains the remains of abandoned Aboriginal villages that are now archaeological sites. Researchers are trying to find evidence of four different Aboriginal cultures– the Paleo, the Laurentian Archaics, the Middle Woodland and the Huron–who are assumed to have inhabited these sites. This trail guide includes Beaver Pond Trail, Brûlé Trail, Nipissing Trail, Dunes Trail, Beach Trail, Bluff Trail, and Wendat Trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Penetanguishene
Distance: 18.6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 7 trails totaling 12 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Awenda Provincial Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

11/27/2006
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The Bluff Trail at Awenda PP was recently listed in Explore Magazine's "Top Ten Hikes in Ontario." We started out early one late November morning. About 5 minutes into our hike, a large doe stood in the middle of the trail as we climbed a short rise. The trail winds itself through mature forests of oak, beech and maple. At one point, it skirts along the top of a huge ridge that rises above Georgian Bay. To get a closer look at the Bay and Giants Tomb, Beckwith and Christian Islands, we took the Nippissing trail down to the Beach. This added about 2.5 km to our hike, and involved quite a steep climb back up, but was well worth it. The beach itself appeared frozen, due to the frost on it, which had not yet been melted by the sun. The islands, at first, were not to be seen, but then the mist covering them lifted, and Giants Tomb came fully into sight. A hike over to another beach gave a glimpse of Beckwith. We stopped for lunch at one of the camgrounds the trail passes through. The final section of the hike passed through pine and hemlock forests. The trip took about 4.5 hours, including the stop for lunch. A very worthwhile hike.



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May 2018