Palmerston Canonto Conservation Area (PCCA) in North Frontenac: Trail Report

Palmerston Canonto Conservation Area (PCCA) Trails – are fantastic. Why? Because there are multiple trails, some decent elevation for Ontario, and two lookouts. Can it be one of our favourites? I know…there are plenty of “favourites”. Let’s just say it was completely enjoyable and exactly what was needed.

Suggested Stops

This is how I discover most things: drive down roads I’ve never taken, fly by a point of interest, pull a u-turn, and go check it out. Same same when it came to finding Harvest Bakery on my way to hiking the PCCA Trails! Flew by, then it took a solid 5 seconds to register that there was a bakery and it looked fun. They are located at 2988 Elphin Maberly Rd in McDonald’s Corners. Aaaand the may have the best lemon tarts I’ve ever tasted. #justsayin

Important Insights

Large parking lot at Palmerston Lake. Also and active boat launch, park with this in mind and kindly don’t block boaters.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story 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

PPCA is managed by North Frontenac.

Suggested Stops

This is how I discover most things: drive down roads I’ve never taken, fly by a point of interest, pull a u-turn, and go check it out. Same same when it came to finding Harvest Bakery on my way to hiking the PCCA Trails! Flew by, then it took a solid 5 seconds to register that there was a bakery and it looked fun. They are located at 2988 Elphin Maberly Rd in McDonald’s Corners. Aaaand the may have the best lemon tarts I’ve ever tasted. #justsayin

GPS Coordinates

45.03804172576603, -76.8138763593266

Street Address

Palmerston Canonto Conservation Area, Arcol Rd, Ompah, ON K0H 2J0

Directions

Parking

Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

None. Follow Leave No Trace toileting guidelines

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from North Frontenac.

Trailhead

Located across the road from the parking lot.

Number of Trails

7

Total Distance (km)

5

Elevation Gain (m)

100

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands, Marshlands, Ecological Significance, Picnic Area

Activities

Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing, Fishing

Dogs

Permitted on-leash. Absolutely no off-leash permitted. See the Ultimate Guide to Hiking with Dogs in Ottawa and Region.