The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority owns and maintains 8 Conservation Areas offering a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing/kayaking and snowshoeing. Some areas also have picnic facilities.
For example the Cascades Conservation Area is a great choice for a quiet hike in the beautiful poplar and birch forest. The highlight for many people is the spectacular rapids along the Current River. Visitors have a choice of several walking trails, each offering a different experience. A 750 metre trail loop (Forest Trail) was paved in 2002 and allows people with special needs to discover Cascades' beautiful forest.
Another great trail, with a cascading waterfall, lush evergreen forest and thick moss undergrowth add a sprinkle of northern delight to Cedar Falls Conservation Area. A pleasant walk along a well-marked trail leads visitors to Cedar Creek and the falls. Fish for rainbow or speckled trout, bird watch or enjoy the solitude of this quiet, charming area.
In winter, Hazelwood Lake is one of the closest inland lakes to the City of Thunder Bay. Located only 25 minutes from the City, this large, semi-wilderness area is perfect for full day family outings. In the winter you can explore the trails by snowshoe.
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