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Forestry Research Trail

Hiking Trail Snowshoe Trail

Location Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, 6905 Hwy 17 West, west of Mattawa
Trailhead UTM 663158 mE x 5129373 mN
Ownership Ministry of Natural Resources – Ontario Parks
Management Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
Length 1 to 2 km / 0.62 to 1.2 mi
Difficulty easy
Activities hiking, snowshoeing
Amenities paid parking
Surface level foot bed with bark chips; 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


  • as required in summer months

Additional Information

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 Forestry Research Trail takes you through a stand of approximately 100-year-old red and white pine, and is part of an ongoing research project. The trail itself is functions as a hiking trail, an interpretive walk, and a forest research stand. Feel free to explore the trail and learn about the ongoing study, and discover all about forest ecology.


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.

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