Mississagi Provincial Park
A secret boon to solitude seekers.
Explore magazine rates Mississagi Provincial park as one of Canada's best unsung parks with killer hiking, biking and paddling but no crowds.
With its rolling hills, rushing rivers and paddle friendly lake chains, Mississagi boasts the vertical relief of Killarney and the boreal splendour of Algonquin - minus the hordes.
Explore - Canada's Outdoor Magazine
Mississagi Provincial Park is a natural environment class park - the designation given by the Ontario Provincial Park System to parks which act as both recreational parks and Nature Reserves. Except for its campground areas and hiking trails, the park is almost entirely preserved in its natural state.
Mississagi Provincial Park sees as many campers over the course of a year as Algonquin receives in just one long weekend. If you want a less crowded wilderness experience, where would you go? At Mississagi, there's no need to reserve a campsite. You can just show up whenever you feel like it. There are plenty of places to paddle a canoe or kayak and the hiking is spectacular. Mississagi landscape ranges from 280 to 590 metres above sea level, giving it some of the highest vantage points with some of the best views in the province.
The park was established in 1965 and consists of 4,900 hectares (12,108 acres). The campground consists of 90 campsites for vehicles and there are also a few interior sites which may be accessed by canoe or hiking trail. There are six trails in the park and one of the best ways to take advantage of the spectacular surroundings is by taking a walk on one of these trails.
Reservations are available at 1-888-668-7275 or online at www.ontarioparks.com.
Helenbar Lake Plane Crash
In 1946 RCAF Lt. William "Hugh" Mackenzie made a crash landing in Helenbar Lake when his Gloster Meteor ran out of fuel. Miraculously, he lived through the crash and managed to survive for three weeks until he was rescued on Flack Lake by a fishing party from Laurentian Lodge. Most of the aircraft was removed by the military, but the wing-tip fuel tanks can be seen at the end of the portage on Helenbar Lake. They are now protected by the Provincial Parks Act. This accident was the first jet plane accident in Canada.