Frontenac Provincial Park: Salmon Lake to Buck Lake Loop (4 days / 25 km)

Panoramic view of Frontenac provincial park Mink Lake

Frontenac Provincial Park is a beautiful park, especially in the fall. It lies on the southern end of the Canadian Shield and during October, combines spectacular fall colours with beaver ponds, scenic ridges, granite shield outcrops, wetlands, and mixed forest.

This is a backcountry park, but it is one of the easier ones you’ll encounter, as the trails are relatively flat. There are also many interconnected loops you could do depending on how far you wish to hike, adding more exploration to your trip. The trails are very well marked, with blue hiking signs always visible. The least backcountry part of the trip is that you’re in relatively close proximity to other campers at your campsite, as they are grouped in clusters of 3-4 sites, so you may see and/or hear your neighbours. This may be reassuring if you’re a relatively new hiker.

There is a lot of cultural heritage in the park as well, and locations of significance are marked on the map and with signs along the trail. With cool nights, a stiff breeze, and falling leaves, I had a gorgeous three-night stay in the park. 

Trip Completed: October 7-10, 2022

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Frontenac Provincial Park, Big Salmon Lake parking lot

Ending Point: Frontenac Provincial Park, Big Salmon Lake parking lot

Total Distance: 25.3 km

Elevation Gain: 50 m

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Difficulty: Beginner

Location: This route is located in Frontenac Provincial Park, which is 45 minutes for of Kingston and 3 hours east of Toronto. There is one primary road going into the park, called Salmon Lake Rd, and the parking lot and visitor's center are located here.

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

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: None

Map: Frontenac – Ontario Parks Map (can be purchased at the visitor's center)

Interactive Map: Click here ...

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