The early Aboriginal peoples called this area Ekarennondi (the Village of Souls). The trails wind through sugar maple, red oak and white birch forests. Hikers will come across a variety of wildflowers along the route.
The Hurons told of a sacred place some eight leagues distant. There, stood a rock called Ekarenniondi, marking the path to the Village of the Souls. Nearby could be found the cabin of Oscotarach, who gazed Eastward toward the approaching souls, and who drew away their memories so they could cross to the afterlife unencumbered. Since Jean de Brébeuf recorded these tales in 1636, adventurers, archaeologists and historians have sought the legendary crossing place.
They finally found it here, high atop Blue Mountain . Now you can explore it for yourself, and step through the very portal of the underworld. Explore a labyrinth of caves and crevices. Search near Ekarenniondi for the shadows which marked paths to the mysterious underworld.
Explore the hidden natural fortress which sheltered the Petun people from their enemies. Descend into the ice cave - a crevasse so deep and cold that snow and ice often remain here through early summer.
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