Hiking in Ontario
by Tracey Arial (Ulysses Travel Guides)
© Tracey Arial/Ulysses Travel Guides. All Rights Reserved.
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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