Hiking

Merv’s Landing

6.0 KM Looped - Advanced
Self-Guided Hike
Permit Required

Get your gear and come hike this beautiful new 6-kilometre loop that takes you to the summit overlooking the white quartzite Mountains of the Killarney Mountain range. Mervs Landing is a 6 km trail that begins at the trail head at the Point Grondine Park. This single tract, natural surfaced trail flows through hardwood and Pine stands, crosses beaver damns via handcrafted pine bridges to the Recollets summit overlooking the Killarney Mountain Range.

Relax for lunch while taking in the rich history of the Anishnaabek people of Point Grondine, Killarney and the French River. Interpretive signage at the summit highlights the connection the Anishnaabek have to this vast land. The trail down to Mahzenahzing Lake will give you opportunity to take in some breathtaking scenery (and great photo ops!) and gives you a glimpse into the landscape of the Point Grondine Park and Georgian Bay Coast Trail.

 

 

Wemtagoosh Falls Loop

Georgian Bay Coast Trail

21.0 KM Looped - Advanced
Self-Guided Hike/Backcountry Camping
Permit Required
Water Spyder

Start your adventure with a hiker orientation with Trail Guardian prior to your backcountry departure. For the more adventurous outdoor enthusiast this self guided hike will take you into the interior of the Point Grondine Park for an overnight adventure along the Georgian Bay Coast Trail. Beginning at the park trail head at Mervs Landing, this trail has a water crossing at the Mahzenahzing Lake.

This rugged trail takes your through old growth pine forest along the Mahzenahzing River to Cedar Lake. Hike along the river to Wemgtagoosh Falls and take in the breathtaking scenery. At the falls you will find the backcountry campsites nestled along the trail with water access at Cedar Lake.

 

 

The last leg of the hike will take you along Cedar Lake winding up and down narrow passages to the lookout site at Smugglers Canyon. This section of trail gives you a glimpse into what the hike will be like to the coast of Georgian Bay and throughout the many interior lakes of the Park.

 

 

 

 

 
 
Backcountry Camping Guidelines
  • Absolutely no cans and bottles are permitted for all interior adventurers, including day users.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times
  • Be bear wise and hang all food, garbage and other scented items (i.e. toothpaste) from a tree, or a rope between two trees, at least 13 feet off the ground and 4 feet from the nearest tree trunk. This will help to minimize surprise visitors!
  • All drinking water must be purified via a rolling boil, purifying crystals, or a water filter.
  • Use only designated washroom sites, if you are caught with your pants down and no privy, move 60 meters from shore, dig a 6” hole and use as little toilet paper as possible  
  • Do not dump garbage, sanitary products or food scraps into privies
  • Interior camping is only permitted on designated sites, day paddlers and day hikers may not use interior sites for rest/lunch stops
  • Please keep all sites clean and litter free, even if it’s not your garbage; pack it out! Try to pack out more than you pack in.
  • Please use stoves for cooking as much as possible, if you must build a fire, use a designated fire pit and collect wood along your paddling route or well away from the campsite to avoid depletion. Ensure that fire is out before moving on.
  • Go jump in the lake…but not with your soap!  If you need to wash; lather up with a biodegradable soap at least 60 meters from the water and use a pot to rinse off.
  • Excessive noise is not allowed at any time!
  • Avoid damaging vegetation by staying on the trails. Please do not disturb or harass wildlife.