The Outpost Guide to Exploring Lake Superior | Ontario
By Liza Finlay
When To Go
While activities are available in the winter, the best time to visit Lake Superior, the provincial park and its surrounding area is the summer. Temperatures are warmer and activities are plenty.
Depending on your location, you can fly or drive to Lake Superior Provincial Park. The closest airport is Sault Ste. Marie (YAM), which is 130 kilometres away, or a 90-minute drive to the park. Daily flights are available from most major Canadian airports.
Hiking, canoeing and kayaking are the best ways to explore Lake Superior National Park. The Algoma Central Railway runs north and south between downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the wilderness of Northern Ontario to Hearst. You can catch the train along the 476-kilometre route and passengers can exit where they please or make the round-trip from Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst.
What to See and Do
Following more than 100 kilometres of shoreline, Lake Superior Provincial Park features rugged landscape, deep valleys, fast rivers and waterfalls and is home to many different birds and animals. Hiking is a popular activity, with more than 10 trails ranging from under one kilometre to the strenuous 63-kilometre Coastal Trail. Camping, boating, canoeing, swimming and fishing are other options. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, but the park is gated at the time, so some of the interior roads are closed and facilities are not available.
Wildlife lovers will enjoy a visit to Chapleau Crown Game Preserve, home to approximately 119 species of birds, including bald eagles and blue herons, and 49 species of mammals, including moose and black bears. As the world’s largest game preserve, Chapleau covers more than 7,000 square kilometres.
Within the preserve, stay at the Wilderness Island Resort on Lake Wabatongushi. The lake covers more than 4,000 hectares and has 70 uninhabited islands with kilometres of trails for bird-watching and nature walks.