And we’re off on our little adventure, in large part a road trip! I’m going count the half-day as part of the full day 1, since we only arrived at camp after dark – so it’s practically like being the next day anyway, amirite? Right.. Anyway.
We took off from the busy downtown Toronto area that is our office, and headed due north. It took longer to get out of the city than it did to get to Barrie. Insanity. But we made it, and that’s the important part. I’m the driver, so I don’t get to take any photos of our trips, and my travel partner isn’t exactly in tune with all that. So this may be a little text-ier than usual?
Our first destination was food – we stopped in Sudbury at Swiss Chalet, which was a mistake but you live and learn. We had debated swinging by the Nickel, but decided against it as we were already pretty late. On our way again, and we got to our first camp destination, Chutes Provincial Park.
As I already said, we got there after the sun went down, so I made my way to waterfall to use the last rays of bouncing light to try some long exposures. It worked out alright, I guess? Then I was determined to get the hiking done. It was a short loop, and wasn’t marked with any significant difficult areas so I was sure we’d be ok. My travel partner on the other hand, is a NOT night hiker! She tagged along, but she was not impressed haha. Afterwards, she was happy she came so it all worked out.
116m elevation gain
We were making a quick getaway in the morning, so we didn’t bother setting up the tent. We just crashed in my tiny car, which is much more comfortable than I had expected. Good job, Ford.
I still stole some time while the car was warming up to run back down to the waterfall to see it in real daylight.
And then it really was Day 1 and we were on our way to Pukaskwa National Park! We made a couple stops along the way, for gas and coffee, and then we stopped in Wawa to be tourists. How can you pass up seeing a giant Canada goose?
There was some other interesting things at the attraction as well. I mean, aside from us, there was some very colourful carvings and a lot of interpretive signage which I probably should have paid better attention to.
Further along the way, we stopped at a lookout point along the TransCanada Highway; Alona Bay.
I love rocks and trees. And trees growing on rocks. And when rocks and trees meet beautiful blue water. Yeah.
Then before we knew it, we were on the road that leads to the gates of Pukaskwa National Park where our adventure continues. We took a front country campsite for the first night, not knowing what point we were going to be rolling in. Turns out we would have had more than enough time to get in to a back country site. Ah well, next time.
Instead, we took the time to do the front country trails around the day-use areas. These included Bimose Kinoomagewnan loop directly behind our campsite. It wove around a beautiful little lake.
There were quite a number of stairs built to help getting up and around the boulders.
And just all-around lovely scenery.
Bimose Kinoomagewnan was definitely my favourite part of the day trails.
So I may have gone a little crazy with these number of photos I took here…
We wove our way over to the Beach Trail for the second part of our day hike. All the beaches had beautiful light sand, but they were also covered in driftwood.
Still, not a bad place for some views.
There’s a little trail that goes up and over some rocks, joining the two beaches. Exceptional views from there as well.
At the end of the second beach, we kept right to head up the Manito Miikana trail. A peninsula of sorts. This trail climbs high above the water and offers two lookout decks.
And of course, some amazing views from everywhere.
From Manito Miikana we went over to the Southern Headland trail. From here you can look across the bay towards the area we just climbed on Mantio Miikana.
Some rolling landscapes with larger hills in the distance.
Towards the end of the trail, we found the chairs! I guess it would be the beginning of the trail for those starting at the regular day-use area of the park. Whatever. It was the end of our adventure.
260m elevation gain
After we had completed the loop, I decided to adventure back up to the top point along Bimose Kinoomagewnan and watched the sunset.
I can’t wait to go back.