7 Greatest Hikes in Thunder Bay Photo by: Kakabeka Falls Hotel

7 Greatest Hikes in Thunder Bay

Hiking in Northwest Ontario is rewarding and as challenging or easy as you want it to be. Visitors to North of Superior and Thunder Bay are consistently charmed by the views of nature and spectacular scenery around almost every corner of abundant regional trails. If you go that extra distance, there are even more hidden gems, clandestine delights you’ll find when avoiding the beaten path. Several Provincial Parks, including Quetico and spectacular Sleeping Giant, offer unparalleled opportunities for exploring and sightseeing in the great outdoors.

7. Boardwalk Trail

In Thunder Bay’s Pigeon River Provincial Park, there’s a 1.5 kilometer hike perfect for taking it easy and enjoying the sights rather than huffing and puffing along the way. The Boardwalk Trail runs adjacent to Lake Superior’s shoreline, a great endeavor with younger kids. Informational signs along the boardwalk offer details about this area of Ontario–don’t forget to look down and try to find the paddle-shaped boardwalk boards, an interesting addition to the locally built trail. The sculpted bench found on the shoreline is a great place to stop and take in the view and from there, you can turn back around, or, for added measure, continue on a little bit farther and take a walk along the sandy beach and hop back on the boardwalk via a short, forested trail. To continue on even farther, head to the end of the beach where signs point to additional trails including High Falls Trail and Finger Point Trail.

6. Middle Falls Lookout Trail

A moderate, 4-kilometer trail is a good jaunt for anyone with the motivation to get out into nature, get some exercise, and explore back country scenery. Also in Pigeon River Provincial Park, Middle Falls Lookout Trail is less popular than High Falls but is definitely worth the trip at any time of year. The Lookout Trail is picturesque, climbing to the peak of a cliff overlooking both Pigeon River and Lake Superior, two lakes forming a border between Minnesota and Ontario. In years past, the trail has been well groomed but the park has stopped operations in the area and it’s fairly overgrown but still accessible. Walk through the campground along the stream from the old park structures to get the best view of Middle Falls. Walk back downstream, into the bush and to your right where you’ll cross a small wooden bridge and then follow the Pigeon River trail while negotiating steep stairs before hitting the lookout point.

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