Mississagi Provincial Park Trails
Mississagi Provincial Park offers several hiking trails that vary in length and difficulty. From a pleasant stroll to a day-long hiking trip, Mississagi has so much to offer.
McKenzie Interior Trail
The McKenzie Interior Trail is 22 km long, and suitable for expert hikers. Because of the trail's ruggedness, it is suggested that the trip be a two-day exclusion, although doing it in one is possible. The trail starts on the Helenbar Lookout Trail and ends on the Semiwite Lake Trail. It circles the Brush Lakes, and comes around to complete the loop at the campground on Semiwite Lake.
Helenbar Lake Lookout Trail
The Helenbar Lake Lookout Trail is 7 km long, leading through a hardwood forest to a ridge with a spectacular lookout, and then back to Semiwite Lake. Helenbar is a shallow lake, being on average only 4m deep, which allows for a rich ecosystem to develop. Be on the lookout for loons and osprey as you hike
Semiwite Lake Trail
The Semiwite Lake Trail is a challenging 12-km trail that circles Semiwite Lake. Make sure to bring a bathing suit and towel along as there are several fine beaches along the trail and on the shores. Along this trail you can also see an old abandoned mining camp and the ruins of a 1946 British jet fighter, which crashed in Helenbar Lake when the pilot ran out of fuel. The pilot survived three weeks in the wilderness before being rescued by a fisherman on the north shore of Semiwite Lake. The McKenzie Interior Trail is named for the pilot, who has become part of Mississagi history.
Semiwite Creek Trail
The Semiwite Creek Trail is 1.2 km long, beginning from the Exhibit Centre on Semiwite Lake, and ending at the gatehouse. Enjoy wildlife, flowers, and plant life from several paths that branch off to access the creek. You can return via the camp road or go back along the trail.
Flack Lake Nature Trail
The Flack Lake Nature Trail is only 0.8 km long, but there is such a lot to see! Taking you from the landing on Flack Lake to the parking lot by the picnic area, the trail shows off a variety of trees and interesting geological figures as well as the remains of an old mining camp.
Cobre Lake Trail
Just outside Mississagi Provincial Park, the Cobre Lake Trail is an 11 km loop which passes 4 different lakes. While hiking this rugged trail, watch for old mine sites, as the area was inspected for diamonds in the past. Look for clues like fragments of core samples and old piping. You will also pass what was Blue Sky Mine, established in 1955 by the Harvard Uranium Mine to extract chalcopyrite - a copper ore.
During the hike you will follow an old mining road, where evidence of the 'corduroy' roads - roads the prospectors made by lying logs side by side in extremely rocky areas - can be seen. This section of the path leads past yet another diamond drill site. You will also pass an immense boulder, deposited by a glacier some 10, 000 years ago.
The trail takes you past Cobre Lake, Vasseau Lake, Tenfish Lake, and Blue Sky Lake before looping back to the parking area.