Laurier Tower Trail

South River

Photo: Forgotten Trails


The Laurier Tower Trail is a lookout trail in Ontario, near South River.  Originally, the Ministry of Natural Resources built the trail to access the old Fire Tower – today it’s lightly managed by Forgotten Trails, a volunteer trails group based in South River.

Be prepared for a steep climb through a majestic hardwood forest on this 2 km out-and-back hiking trail.  But don’t worry, the challenge is well worth the breathtaking scenic view over the Almaguin Highlands.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the original foundation blocks of the old fire tower – they are still there for you to discover!

Explore South River has installed interpretive signs throughout the area to tell the stories of the area’s past.

Trailhead UTM 637281 mE x 5085878 mN
Ownership Crown Land
Management Forgotten Trails Association
Length 2.1 km
Activities Hiking
Difficulty Moderate
Level of Development Minimally Developed
Seasons Summer

Rules for Use

  • do not throw garbage into the forest or along the trails
  • for the health of the wildlife and your own safety, please do not feed the wild animals
  • respect ‘No Trespassing’ signs on adjacent private property and follow the trails as marked

Safety Considerations:

  • The hunting of moose, deer, and bear is popular in this area during the fall, so for your own protection, when using trails during the hunting season, consider it essential to wear bright clothing
  • upper section of the trail is a single track with a grade that exceeds 50% incline
  • there is a sharp drop at the lookout summit
  • the trailbed is slippery in wet conditions
  • all of the Forgotten Trails include sections of uneven tread composed of sand, loose gravel, and rock
  • while the Forgotten Trails are inspected from time-to-time, trail users should be prepared to ford over a new washout or clamber over a recently downed tree


From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head southeast on HWY 11 for about 57 km (35.4 mi) until you reach the Village of South River. Turn left at Ottawa Street and continue onto Chemical Road. Approximately 16.5 km (10.3 mi) up the road, turn right onto Tower Road. The trail is located on the left hand side of the road roughly 1.4 km (0.87 mi) later though signage may not be visible.

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.