Restoule Provincial Park
Two-dozen portages link more than 30 lakes and rivers in the area. Check out Restoule's 5-day canoe route that takes visitors down paths first traveled by the Ojibwa and Samuel de Champlain, which lead to the French River and into Lake Nipissing. The return voyage takes visitors through a seldom-traveled backwater to Restoule Provincial Park.
Restoule is a secluded gem located between two contrasting lakes. Lake Restoule features three sandy beaches one of which has been set aside specially for our canine visitors. Lake Restoule offers anglers excellent opportunities for pickerel, large and small mouth bass, lake trout and even lake whitefish.
Stormy Lake, which forms part of the northern boundary of the park, is a world apart from Restoule, featuring rocky shores and a towering 60-metre cliff. Canoe and walk-in campsites provide access to an unrivaled remote backcountry experience. Wildlife viewing is excellent in Restoule as the park boasts a healthy population of large and small wildlife. Coyote, wolf, bear, otter, pine martin, moose and deer are just some of the fauna inhabiting the park and area. More than 90 species of birds (including the rare and endangered peregrine falcon) are known to inhabit the park.
Highlights include a heron rookery, active waterfowl nesting and a large variety of birds of prey. Join park naturalists to discover how to spot and identify all of Restoule's natural inhabitants. Located in a mixed forest, the park's lowland areas are predominantly spruce and hemlock, while upland areas are covered in white pine, maple, oak and beach.
This combination creates a stunning display of colour in the autumn as hardwood trees prepare to shed their leaves. The geology of the park and area is complex and fascinating. Geologically, the park is located along a feature known as the Nipising-Ottawa Valley Rift.
Sheer rock walls and jagged peaks contrast with secluded lakes, ponds and streams. The most obvious feature of the rift in the park is the 60-metre cliff at the east end of Stormy Lake. You can visit the top of the cliff and enjoy the incredible view on the Fire Tower Trail. At the cliff top, you will be slightly more than 285 metres (nearly 1000 feet) above sea level.
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