Halfway Lake Provincial Park encompasses 4,735 ha (11,695 acres) on the Canadian Shield around and north of Halfway Lake. Most of the area is covered by boreal forest, although a tornado in 2002 did significant damage to many of the jack pine, trembling aspen and white birch stands. A healthy moose population lives within the park, as do wolves, lynx, foxes, beavers, hares and more than 90 species of birds, including the great blue heron. Although all the trails in this park feature rocky plains and many short climbs, hikers should expect major climbs to stunning vistas on three of the four. The Moose Trail, in particular, provides an excellent view over Halfway Lake itself.
The Hawk Ridge Trail loops from Echo Pond trail past Lost Lake and around to Three Island, Crystal and Burnt Ridge lakes. Nine overnight campsites are available here. The Osprey Heights Trail leads from Highway 144 north of the main park entrance to a spectacular lookout over Antrim Lake. The Echo Pond Trail parallels Raven Lake and then climbs slightly until it crosses the stream leading from Echo Pond to Halfway Lake. If you’re lucky, you’ll see some of the moose that live near here.
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