Etienne Trail System
|Location||Samuel de Champlain Provincial, 6905 Hwy 17 West, west of Mattawa|
|Trailhead UTM||664172 mE x 5129282 mN|
|Ownership||Ministry of Natural Resources – Ontario Parks|
|Management||Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park|
|Length||Ecology Loop – 2.5 km / 1.6 mi
History Loop – 9 km / 5.6 mi
Geology Loop – 5 km / 3.1 mi
Nature Loop – 8.5 km / 5.3 mi
|Difficulty||moderate to difficult|
|Surface||steep and rocky sections; forested|
|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
- extreme caution must be used if approaching cliff edges
- visitors are advised to carry water and navigation aids
- not advised during severe weather
- as required in summer months
Ontario Provincial Parks are generally open between the May long weekend and 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 Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park directly at (705) 744-2276. The Park is not staffed in the winter months, the trails are not maintained, and only a few access roads are ploughed, though visitors are welcome to snowshoe the trails at their own risk.
The Etienne Trail System is composed of 4 challenging trails, including areas with steep cliffs. To make the most of your hike, set a good pace and rest often and is recommended for experienced hikers. Many areas open up to reveal amazing outlooks of the Mattawa River below. Awaken your senses as you walk in the footsteps of Samuel de Champlain, Etienne Brule, who the trail is named after, and many others.
From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, take exit 377 onto HWY 17 East. After about 48 km (29.8 mi) of travel you will see an entrance on the left to Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park.