Lake Superior Coastal Trail

This trail is located in Lake Superior Provincial Park located between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Lake Superior Coastal Trail runs along the coast for about 65 km (40 miles) and takes from 5 to 7 days if hiking. If you are paddling and following the coast it would be 105 km (65 miles).

The trail starts near the Visitor Centre in the Agawa Bay Campground, but be sure to make advance reservations as during our stay in late August it was entirely full. We headed down to beach each evening along with crowds of other campers to watch the bright red sun dip into the horizon.

Following the blue diamond-shaped symbols the trail is easy to follow and generally hugs the coast. Rock cairns line the rocky outcrops.

You will eventually reach the Agawa Rock Pictographs where the Ojibwe recorded their life experiences on 36 rock paintings. You will need to use caution when descending through the rock chasm and along the rock ledge. During our visit the waves were so high we were only able to view two of the paintings.

Backcountry campsite are scattered along the coast and shared by both hikers and kayakers available on a first-come basis for you to pitch you bivy tent. Plenty of squirrels and chipmunks greet you at each site. There are bears in the area but we did not see any. Thunder boxes are near each site.

Expect to experience high cliffs, rocky beaches and outcrops plus see mushrooms and fungi when in the bush. A blessing in August was the lack of insects.

The beach at Katherine Cove is sandy and is picnic area accessible from Highway 17. Another great beach was at Warp’s Bay which was almost deserted as it requires a bit of a hike.

Lake Superior Coastal TrailDistances:
From Agawa Bay to Sinclair Cove is 10 km (6.2 miles) and demanding
From Sinclair Cove to Katherine Cove is 14 km (8.7 miles) and demanding
From Katherine Cove to Orphan Lake is 11 km (6.8 miles) and demanding
From Orphan Lake to Gargantua is 20 km (12.4 miles) and demanding
From Gargantua to is an easy 5 km (2 miles)
From Warp Bay to Devil’s Chair is an easy 2 km (1.2 miles)
And the final section to Chalfant Cove is a moderate 7 km (4.3 miles)

The other main access is the winding 14 km Gargantua Road with lots of pot holes.

Our group found sections of the trail in need of some repair as one bridge was broken although the crossing was easy. Also some of the sections were a bit overgrown but again the route was easy to follow.

When you arrive at the Devil’s Chair there are 3 campsite but try to stop in site 3 which provides the best views.

The Lake Superior Coastal Trail provides an scenic and enjoyable hiking or kayaking experience.

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