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Coastal Trail

The most challenging and demanding trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park, the Coastal Trail takes you along the high cliffs and rocky beaches of Lake Superior. The trail ascends and descends over cliffs, rocky outcrops, beaches, boulders and driftwood. The lichen covered rocks can be very slippery, especially when wet with dew, fog or rain. So watch your step!Distance From SSM: 1.5 hoursDuration: 65 kms (or parts)Difficulty: Advanced

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The most challenging and demanding trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park, the Coastal Trail takes you along the high cliffs and rocky beaches of Lake Superior. The trail extends from Agawa Bay to Chalfant Cove.Access points to the Coastal Trail, located at Agawa Bay, Sinclair Cove, Katherine Cove, Orphan Lake Trail and Gargantua Road, allow you the choice of spending a couple of hours or several days on the trail.The trail ascends and descends over cliffs, rocky outcrops, beaches, boulders and driftwood. Use extreme caution when hiking this difficult terrain. The lichen covered rocks can be very slippery, especially when wet with dew, fog or rain. Wind blown trees may obstruct the trail. Blue, diamond-shaped symbols mark where the trail enters forested areas. Rock cairns mark exposed coastline sections. Generally the trail hugs the coastline. If you lose the trail, continue along the shore and eventually you will find the trail again.Gargantua is the main access point for the Coastal Trail. The 14 km (8.7 mi) gravel road from Highway 17 to the parking lot at Lake Superior is rough so allow 45 minutes. From here it is an easy 45 minute walk to Gargantua Harbour, the site of an abandoned fishing village. Here there are 8 campsites, a sand beach, a pit privy and a short lookout trail over Lake Superior. One could spend several days exploring the Gargantua and Warp Bay area alone.Campsites along the coast of Lake Superior are shared by hikers and paddlers. It is recommended that you stop to set up camp early enough in the day so that you can go on to the next campsite if necessary.

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Lake Superior Provincial Park
P.O. Box 267
Wawa, Ontario   P0S 1K0

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