Point Grondine Park
A First Nation owned and operated recreational park, Point Grondine has over 18,000 acres of scenic natural wilderness landscape, old growth pine forest, stunning river vistas and five interior lakes to explore. The picturesque water trails flowing along the coast of Georgian Bay invite you to many canoe routes, hiking trails and backcountry campsites located throughout the interior of the Park. Hike, canoe or sea kayak along the traditional routes of the Anishnaabek people and be ready to be captivated by this historic and majestic place.
This season, we opened our canoe routes throughout the interior to the Tri Lakes and routes connecting to Georgian Bay and Phillip Edward Island. The backcountry opened all 22 campsites with over 20 kilometers of hiking trail to Wemtagoosh Falls and Cedar Lake. Our Park staff included the Interior Operations Lead (Elijah Manitowabi) and Trail Guardian (Launnie Pheasant) who completed training with Killarney Provincial Park
The Park is continuing with its first part of the phased development for 2017 and will be working diligently with our planning team to implement the business plan which includes proposed gatehouse, recreational zone, campground and sheltered accommodations. This operating season the Park will feature new signage at the trailhead, Mahzenazing Lake Access Point, and throughout the Park. We are also implementing new Park products including premium back-country sites with sleeping platforms while enhancing our Indigenous Experiences and Interpretive/educational programming.
The trailhead is ideally situated off of Killarney highway; it is in the northern terminus of the Georigian Bay Coast Trail, a sustainable world-class hiking trail in the spectacular landscape of the UNESCO Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. The Georgian Bay Coast Trail is dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience in a world-renowned location and will provide hikers with 200 km of rugged coast to explore. Be ready to get your feet wet as the trail will have limited infrastructure and be a one of a kind adventure – you will explore Georgian Bay and its beauty one step at a time!
Throughout the summer months you can explore the park through our Authentic Indigenous Experiences that connect you to the territory of its original descendants. The park is accessible through mandatory park permits and can be purchased online at www.grondinepark.ca or by calling 1-705-859-3477.
Hike, canoe or sea kayak along the traditional routes of the Anishnaabek people and be ready to be captivated by this historic and majestic place.
Point Grondine Park - General Information
In 1968 the Point Grondine and South Bay west band amalgamated with the Manitoulin Island Unceded Indian Reserve to form what is now the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. In 1996 a settlement was reached to return over 14,000 hectares of land to the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. The last village on the Point Grondine Reserve was at the Beaverstone River in the late 1800’s. Today, there are seasonal and permanent residents residing at the north end of the Mahzenazing Lake off of Burkes Road. Community members still utilize Point Grondine for harvesting fish, wild game, berries and wild rice with hunt camps situated throughout the territory.
In 2007 the Wikwemikong Department of Lands and Resources began a project at Point Grondine to construct a campground that would capitalize on the overflow from Killarney Provincial Park. Several primitive campsites, trails and a cordwood building were constructed. Wikwemikong Tourism has since adopted and revitalized the project as it is a vital component of their vision of sustainable tourism development and an important piece of the Georgian Bay Coast Trail.
The Point Grondine Park lies within the central interior of Point Grondine and has been identified in the Point Grondine Land Use Plan commissioned by the Wikwemikong Department of Lands and Resources. The proposed Park has been the vision the WDLNR to protect the land and resources of Point Grondine from future exploitation from forestry and other natural resource extraction. The Park Management Plan will comprise of multi departmental partnerships within the WUIR band administration with current training and mentorship opportunities to be available within the Provincial Parks.
Be Safe and respect our Territory
Choose your route wisely and embark on a trip that meets your skills. Plan beforehand how to deal with emergencies such as equipment failure, lost food or an injury. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a contact person or leave one with the Trail Guardian located at the trail head. Carry a first aid kit with you at all times and be familiar with the contents. Become proficient using a map and compass before you leave. Always carry extra rations, clothes, the proper safety gear and knowledge to use it.
The Wikwemikong Unceded Territory understands the importance of sustainable tourism and asks that you respect our lands, wildlife and the people. Be mindful that Point Grondine is still used by our members and that you stay on trail and respect our cultural sites. The Point Grondine territory is a spiritual place that must be treated with the outmost respect as our ancestors have always done. If you come in contact with historical artifacts we ask that they remain in Point Grondine and that you notify park staff of the location. Together we must ensure that the beauty of Point Grondine is protected for future generations to enjoy.
Respect the wilderness that lies herein, please note tripping during the months of September to October means that’s its harvest time for our hunters. Although most of the Park is located in safe zones you may find hunters close to the trailhead at 637. After your trip, please check in at the trailhead and change your marker to IN so that Trail staff are aware of your safe return.
Miigwetch and enjoy your visit.