Frontenac Provincial Park: Arab Lake to Devil Lake Backpacking Loop (4 days / 35 km)

Attractive greenery in Frontenac Backpacking Marsh

Frontenac Provincial Park is a four-season, backcountry-only park located just 45 minutes from Kingston, Ontario. The park offers over 100 km of hiking trails on 10 interconnecting loops. 

Our trip was planned around availability and specific campsites we wanted to visit, so we didn’t necessarily complete full loops of any trails. This freedom afforded by planning a route in Frontenac is what I think makes the park a wonderful destination. In my eyes, Frontenac is to backpackers what Algonquin is to flatwater canoe trippers—there is something for everyone!

The route we covered follows sections of most of the hiking loops in the northern half of the park, which are rated as less difficult than the rugged terrain of some of the loops in the southern half. The trails and campsites are incredibly well-maintained by Ontario Parks staff and volunteers with the Friends of Frontenac Park, and we’ll definitely be back to explore more!

Trip Completed: August 2020

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Arab Lake Parking Lot

Ending Point: Arab Lake Parking Lot

Total Distance: 35 km

Elevation Gain: 738 m

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: Frontenac Provincial Park is located in eastern Ontario near the town of Sydenham. The park is only 45 minutes from Kingston and about 2 hours from Ottawa.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Anishinabewaki, Mississauga, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo (source). 

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Frontenac Park Map by Ontario Parks (We used the 5th edition of this map, but the 6th edition is available now).

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsite bookings are made in advance through the Ontario Parks Online Reservation system. You reserve specific sites along the trail.

Permits: Upon arrival, permits are picked up at the Park Office at the south end of the park.

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