Following the trail markings which are painted right on the rock, the trail weaves its way on the rock surface to a beautiful view of the Chikanishing river, with a backdrop of the white quartzite LaCloche Mountain range. With the exception of birdsong, there isn’t a sound to be heard.
When the bay comes into view, it’s almost impossible to not be filled with a form of nostalgia. This exact area is where Samuel de Champlain paddled out into the bay for the first time with his native paddlers. This is where the Canadian spirit was forged. Almost unchanged in over three hundred years, the deep blue water is dotted with countless islands which stretch out as far as the eye can see.
In more recent history, the area was host to the Logging industry for almost 100 years. Evidence of the logging industry is still evident in some areas as old-grown logs can be seen lurking just below the surface of the crystal clear waters.
The trail moves away from the lakeshore, and into some low-lying wooded areas which were quite different than the lakeshore. Almost magically, the area morphs from massive windswept rocks sparsely covered with trees and moss, to a lush forest. The forest is protected from the relentless winds. Small animals can be heard scurrying about. The tree species here are more varied with different species of oak, ash, and beech.
Small wooden logs have been set-out on the ground for hikers to walk over. These prevent wet feet from the swampy forest bottom.
The trail leads back toward the parking lot, and back onto the massive, bare rocks.
Please watch the video below for a more in-depth look at the trail.