Mashkinonje Provincial Park
The trail takes you through jack pine forests, along granite ridges, and across lowland red maple and black ash swamps. Be sure to take your binoculars and watch for waterfowl where the trail meets Samoset Creek. You may even see owls roosting in the dead tree stumps in the swamp.
The wonders of Mashkinonje are best known by field naturalists from North Bay and Sudbury; and botany and nature-based tourism students from the local colleges and university.
Mashkinonje Provincial Park consists of a diverse system of wetlands supporting all the major wetland types; marshes, bogs, swamps, fens and ponds; interspersed with undulating granite ridges that cover over 2000 hectares along the West Arm of Lake Nipissing. The park counts among its many wetlands two provincially significant areas the Loudon Basin Peatlands and the Muskrat Creek complexes.
Information provided by the Discovery Routes and Ontario Parks websites.
Directions: From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, take HWY 17 northwest for 44 km. Turn left at Lavac Road, left again at Beaudry Road, and right at LeClair Road for 6 km. Turn left onto HWY 64, and travel for 25 km until Mashkinonje Provincial Park appears on your right.
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