Frontenac Provincial Park: Trail Report

Hands down the highlight of these trails is the wildlife. They also have interpretive trails, lookouts, and open year-round for backcountry recreation (48 interior campsites). All vehicles must park in a designated area and display a valid park permit.

Suggested Stops

Ok, we all know by now that I looooooooove country drives, the slower pace and beauty is appealing. Naturally I took the back roads home stopping in to Cottage Coffee in Westport to say hellos to the owner John and pick up my favourite ‘sugar bush cafe latte’ to go (delish – thank you!) and then I hopped over to see Donna over at Jake by the Lake…the only Life is Good store in Canada. Of course I picked up another tee.

Important Insights

Note that it is easy to get turned around and lost in Frontenac PP, good navigation skills as required. Check in with park staff prior to hiking. Always carry the 10 essentials.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Mississauga, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story of our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Manitou Mountain trails and Eagles Nest is managed by the Township of Greater Madawaska. The townships manages three main hiking trail locations; Manitou Mountain, Griffith Uplands, and the Madawaska Nordic trail.

Suggested Stops

Ok, we all know by now that I looooooooove country drives, the slower pace and beauty is appealing. Naturally I took the back roads home stopping in to Cottage Coffee in Westport to say hellos to the owner John and pick up my favourite ‘sugar bush cafe latte’ to go (delish – thank you!) and then I hopped over to see Donna over at Jake by the Lake…the only Life is Good store in Canada. Of course I picked up another tee.

GPS Coordinates

44.504167 -76.555833

Street Address

6700 Salmon Lake Rd Sydenham K0H 2T0

Directions

Distance from Ottawa: 229 kms (roughly 2hr and 20mins) via the 416/401 or 192 kms (roughly 2hr and 29mins) if you take the country roads. Depending on your preference you can take hwy417 west to hwy 416 South Hwy 401 (towards Toronto) and exit Sydenham Rd. There’s also the choice to take the country roads (always my preference) and google maps can direct you through Perth, Westport, and south to Frontenac. There is a section of dirt road using this route (on Canoe Lake Road). Both options have their benefits.

Parking

Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Located at the Park Office

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

15

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Ontario Parks.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

13

Total Distance (km)

100

Elevation Gain (m)

140

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands, Marshlands, Ponds

Activities

Hiking, Snowshoeing, Nature Centre

Dogs

Permitted on-leash. See the Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Dogs in Ottawa and Region. As stated by Parks Ontario "For the protection of wildlife and other park visitors, your pet must be under control and on a leash not exceeding 2 metres at all times. You must ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with vegetation or wildlife. You must also ensure your pet does not interfere with others’ enjoyment of the park. Pets are not permitted in the swimming area, on the beach or in a posted prohibited area at any time".