Frontenac Provincial Park Trails

Sydenham, Ontario

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By providing hikers with a peaceful experience, Frontenac Park lives up to the creed of its first superintendent, R. Bruce Page, who believed that wilderness should be as untouched by humans as possible. Although once heavily settled by farmers, miners, loggers, and then cottagers, the park now feels relatively empty. The last seasonal resident left in 1991, and now only hikers, campers and canoeing enthusiasts frequent the area. Thirty-eight different mammals live here, including bears, beavers, coyotes, deer, fox, minks, moose, otters, porcupines and wolves. There are 30 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the rare five-lined skink. About 170 bird species nest in or migrate through the park, including barred owls, great blue herons, hawks, eagles, kingbirds, kingfishers, osprey, turkey vultures, wood ducks, and various woodpeckers. This trail guide includes Arab Lake Gorge, Doe Lake Trail, Arkon Lake Trail, Bufflehead Trail, Little Salmon Lake Trail, Big Salmon Lake Trail, Little Clear Lake Trail, Tetsmine Lake Trail, Hemlock Lake Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Trail, and Slide Lake Trail.

Frontenac Provincial Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"By providing hikers with a peaceful experience, Frontenac Park lives up to the creed of its first superintendent, R. Bruce Page, who believed that wilderness should be as untouched by humans as possible. Although once heavily settled by farmers, miners, loggers, and then cottagers, the park now feels relatively empty. The last seasonal resident left in 1991, and now only hikers, campers and canoeing enthusiasts frequent the area.

Thirty-eight different mammals live here, including bears, beavers, coyotes, deer, fox, minks, moose, otters, porcupines and wolves. There are 30 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the rare five-lined skink. About 170 bird species nest in or migrate through the park, including barred owls, great blue herons, hawks, eagles, kingbirds, kingfishers, osprey, turkey vultures, wood ducks, and various woodpeckers. This trail guide includes Arab Lake Gorge, Doe Lake Trail, Arkon Lake Trail, Bufflehead Trail, Little Salmon Lake Trail, Big Salmon Lake Trail, Little Clear Lake Trail, Tetsmine Lake Trail, Hemlock Lake Trail, Gibson Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Trail, and Slide Lake Trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sydenham
Distance: 112.5
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 12 trails totaling 85 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Frontenac Provincial Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

5/10/2007
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This is from a long time ago, back in the early eighties. If the volunteers have maintained it as well over the years as they did back then, it is still in fine shape. This was a very popular destination with our outdoors group from a university just to the south. We have hiked on pretty much all of its trails and over its waters with canoes, kayaks, and ice skates. Every valley created by the glaciers offers a different eco system. Some will be dark and damp, more of a feeling of the tropics. Others with more sun exposure will be dry and almost barren of vegetation. Some trails cross these valleys on nothing more than the top of a beaver dam, some trails follow the old settlers roads carved into this harsh environment. You pass their relics and wonder how they thought that anything could grow here, and yet around the next bend is a lush green meadow filled with tall grasses and wild flowers growing around a ruin of a barn. The campsites are all isolated from each other and were well kept. There is no limit as to the number of trails one could take to get from your car to the site and back, and every trip was different and exciting. Few people know of this fine place, and so you are truly exploring the wilderness.


10/14/2005
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This is still a young park and it shows by the lack of even semi old growth. It is still very nice in the fall and because of the loops you can make your day hike 2km or 20 km long. Good for long weekend hikes. There are still remnants of houses and mining activity.



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May 2018