Summer is the season to explore Ontario’s natural wonders, and believe us when we say that Barron Canyon has to be at the top of your list this season.
Nestled in the picturesque Algonquin Park, Barron Canyon is said to be one of the most scenic paddling routes in the whole area.
The soaring 100-metre granite cliffs are made up of jagged rocks and are surrounded by dry upland forests of red and white pine.
The cliffs are surrounded by calm waters that are perfect for beginner paddlers because they are easy to navigate both upstream and down, says Algonquin Portage.
You can explore these cliffs by kayak, canoe, or on foot.
The Barron Canyon Loop Trail is 1.5 km in total and it extends along the northern rim of the cliffs.
According to The Friends of Algonquin Park information page, this trail visits a very high, unfenced cliff top — that means it’s really important to exercise caution as you navigate the area.
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Although the trail is quite short, this is said to be a moderate hike so it may not be accessible for all.
Ontario Parks says that around 8,000 years ago, the canyon filled to the brim with glacial meltwater as it drained the Great Lakes Basin.
“The granite cliffs continue to support plants that are relicts from that era,” says Ontario Parks.
“The plants are more at home in the sub arctic, but find the right growing conditions in the cracks, crevices and cool microclimate of the cliff environment.”
You don’t need to travel far and wide to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature!
Where: 29.0 KM of Barron Canyon Road, 11 KM north of Sand Lake Gate