Fire Tower Trail
|Location||Restoule Provincial Park, 8818 Hwy 534|
|Trailhead UTM||594780 mE x 5102236 mN|
|Ownership||Ministry of Natural Resources – Ontario Parks|
|Management||Restoule Provincial Park|
|Length||7 km / 4.3 mi|
|Amenities||paid parking, washrooms, picnic area, lookout, public beach|
|Surface||moderate with some steep, rocky parts|
|User Fee||a park-entry fee is charged to access the trails within the park|
Rules for Use
- motorized travel and bicycles are prohibited
- appropriate footwear is a necessity
- pets must be leashed at all times
- park entry permit is required for trail use
- steep rocky sections, so users must exercise caution
Ontario Provincial Parks are generally open from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving each year, though these dates may vary depending on the Park. For exact operating dates, please contact Ontario Parks at 1-888-ONT-PARK, or call the Restoule Provincial Park directly at (705) 729-2010.
This trail begins at the picnic are just west of the park road. It initially winds its way through a maturing red pine plantation, then leads to surroundings of mixed upland forest. This trail is for experienced hikers as it can be a sometimes challenging climb to the top of the terrain Stormy Lake Bluffs. The trail winds through beautiful plantations, to the top of a cliff, overlooking the French River. Spectacular views and a historical Fire Tower make this hike worth the effort.
From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head southeast on HWY 11 for 14.5 km (9 mi). Take exit 329 for Lake Nosbonsing Road/HWY 654. Continue on Lake Nosbonsing Road/HWY 654 for 23 km (14.3 mi), then turn right onto HWY 534. 21.4 km (13.3 mi) further, stay right to remain on HWY 534 for an extra 9 km (5.6 mi). Follow signage to the Provincial Park.