N I P I S S I N G
Hiking and Nature Trails
The Mashkinonje Provincial Park is a pristine beauty. The park was designated in 1963 but the trails were not completed until a few years ago. The name Mashkinonje is Native for a great fish. The Muskie is a solitary hunter prized for its fighting spirit. The parks name is pronounced mas-kin-onj.
Mashkinonje is over 2000 hectares with two provincially significant wetlands; one is along Muskrat Creek and the other is the Loudon Peatlands. It spans between the West Bay and the West Arm of Lake Nipissing. The park is comprised of 38% wetlands, dispersed by bedrock outcrops. The diversity in the park provides varied habitat for different species of plants and the wildlife that call them home. There are 35km of hiking trails and boardwalks. There are 10 trails set out in loops to provide many combinations of views, difficulties and lengths. The Loudon Peatland Trail is an easy trail leading to a boardwalk across a marsh and the Loudon Peatland, a unique feature. The Coastal Trail is the most difficult, climbing up and down the ridges along the scenic West Arm of Lake Nipissing.
You can walk to all the trails in Mashkinonje from Welcome Lodge. Angela has been instrumental in the development of Mashkinonje; she is president of the Friends of Mashkinonje and knows the park. If you have any questions about the trails, Angela will be able to help you.
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