As a short, rugged but very scenic hike, the Chikanishing trail follows the Chikanishing Creek out to Georgian Bay. It passes over a series of small ridges ending up at a beautiful point on Georgian Bay before looping back. Since the trail run across Precambrian Shield granite, the terrain is mainly rocky.
Let's get started!
From the parking lot, head towards the trail. Or in other words, start climbing the pink boulders and follow the red markers from here. The trail is very well marked with markers either nailed to trees or painted on the rock surface. So, check the ground as well. In certain areas, just note that some of the markers will be difficult to find.
Along the way, you'll come across several breathtaking view points. Some will have interpretive plaques that provide more information about the sights and history of the old logging operations of this part of Georgian Bay.
The trail isn't too long nor difficult, but there will be some steep sections. In the middle of the trail, you'll head through a healthy forest with many pine, beech, birch and oak tree. Once you reach the coast of the Georgian Bay, you'll be rewarded with views of small islands and shoals.
On a hot day, you can jump in for a swim!
Access: Chikanishing Trail starts at the end of Chikanishing Road, 2 km west of the park office. Limited parking available.
Length: Approx. 2km Loop Trail
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult and steep in some sections.
- In wet conditions, the rock is pretty slippery, so be careful!
- The trail is kind of all over the place, so you'll have to search for the trail markers.
- Since the trail is near water, there are tons of flies swarming around. Bring bug spray, sunscreen and water!