Mississagi Provincial Park has a reputation for being one of the foremost parks in Ontario for its hiking trails and back-country camping. There are a total of seven trails within the park offering spectacular scenery, as well as varying degrees of difficulty.
This year, with the help of the Elliot Lake Hiking Club, all trails are in great shape.
“I think with the help of the hiking club we were able to get all of the trails ready for hiking,” said Sarah Daigle, of the park.
Hikers are offered everything from the easy 45-minute Flack Lake Nature Trail with its fascinating geological features and the remains of an old logging camp, to the more strenuous MacKenzie Trail covering 22 kilometres and taking three to five days to traverse. With a total of seven hiking trails, there is something for hikers of all ages. Whether it’s testing your stamina and endurance over several days or taking a walk through the bush for a couple of hours, Mississagi Park has something for all hikers. If nature photography is your thing, check out the trails at Mississagi Park.
Over past years, Mississagi Park has hosted Lumberjack Days. Unfortunately, this year the event is cancelled due to COVID-19 and subsequent restrictions.
“We were advised by Public Health to not hold Lumberjack Days this year,” Daigle said.
Mississagi Park offers campers and hikers alike a park filled with rugged landscapes of ancient hills and clear lakes with rustic camping, including pull-through sites.
Seasonal leasing options are available for those wanting to make the park their summer place. With the park’s lakes for canoeing and kayaking, its excellent trout fishing, and back-country camping, Mississagi is a destination for campers. As well, the park is an excellent place to see and hear bald eagles or a nesting pair of merlins; campers and hikers will find a large variety of warblers as well as loons raising their young on Semiwite Lake within the park’s boundaries. There are three beaches in the park for swimming, which hug the shore of Semiwite Lake.
There are 82 campsites at Mississagi Park and on group site available for large family gatherings. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. till 9 p.m. Mississagi, as well as other designated provincial parks, offer free entrance to the park from Monday to Thursday throughout the summer for day-trippers.
The park offers canoe rentals throughout the summer; life preservers are available with a refundable deposit. With the many waterways in the park, there are many canoe trips available. A brochure outlining canoe routes is available at the park.
For more information on the canoe trips call 705-862-1203. The park is open from May 21 to Oct. 3.