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Kag Trail

Hiking Trail Snowshoe Trail

Location Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, 6905 Hwy 17 West, west of Mattawa
Trailhead UTM 663453 mE x 5129015 mN
Ownership Ministry of Natural Resources – Ontario Parks
Management Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
Length 2.5 km / 1.6 mi
Difficulty difficult
Activities hiking, snowshoeing
Amenities paid parking
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

Safety Considerations

  • trail has steep sections and some unauthorized paths to sheer cliff sections
  • extreme caution must be used if approach cliff edges

Maintenance

  • 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.

Description

The Kag Trail passes through a natural pure stand of red pine. Native peoples sometimes gathered the edible inner bark and seeds of this and other pines. As you explore the Kag woodlands, imagine you are back in time, so awaken your senses, and look for signs of forest creatures and listen for their voices. This trail has some steep cliffs and is therefore recommended for experienced hikers. The trail takes its name from the Ojibway language, meaning ‘porcupine’.

Directions

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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