This 34 km hike follows the wilderness section of the Ganaraska Trail as it winds through various terrain and takes you across the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. For three days we hiked through swamps, across beaver dams, along lakes and streams, and into some beautiful rocky outcrops and forested areas along a seldom-used section of the Ganaraska Trail.
The trail is challenging and requires a strong ability to navigate, as trail markers can be hard to find, and, in some sections, they are spread far apart. The effort is worth the reward of the variety of scenery and wildlife that is experienced along the way. Be aware that this area does have a lot of tics (my buddy and I each found at least one on us during the hike) and the sites are not as “luxurious” as what you would find in a place like Algonquin Park. The beauty of this trip is in the challenge of the hike and the scenery along the way. Mediocre campsites and a few tics are no deterrent to the experiences that come with this spectacular hike.
Trip Completed: May 2023
Starting Point: Victoria Falls
Ending Point: Devils Lake
Total Distance: 34 km
Elevation Gain: Approximately 70 meters, the highest point being 370 above sea level
Duration: 3 days
Location: QEW II Wildlands Provincial Park (Non-operating provincial park)
Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Anishinabewaki.
Maps & Resources
Guidebook: Ganaraska Hiking Trail - Before starting off, consult the Ganaraska Trail website where they post updates on route changes which occur seasonally based on trail conditions.
Map: LatLong Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park Map
Permits & Reservations
Campsite Reservations: Sites are marked and are on a first-come, first-served basis
Permits: As this is a non-operating park, permits are not required
Know Before You Go
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