Ontario is full of natural wonders and this one is by far one of the best. Barron River Provincial Park is next on our list and if you’re a sucker for scenic views, especially canyon views, you’ll want to keep reading.

Located along the boundary of the wonderful Algonquin Park is Barron River Provincial Park. And it is said to have one of the most scenic paddling routes in the whole area.

According to Ontario Parks, this park includes Lower Barron Canyon which stretches along the river outside of Algonquin Park.

“Around 8,000 years ago the canyon filled to the brim with glacial meltwater as it drained the Great Lakes Basin,” shares OP.

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“The granite cliffs continue to support plants that are relicts from that era. The portion of the river closest to Algonquin Park is bordered by scenic mature, white pine forest on flatter terrain. This section of the river is popular for canoeing and fishing.”

If you’re up for the exciting thrill of canoeing, you’ll be met with the mighty sights of the 100-metre cliffs that surround the river route. Since this park is non-operating, your best bet for an outdoor paddling adventure is through Algonquin Park.

These calm waters are perfect for beginner paddlers because they are easy to navigate both upstream and down, shares Algonquin Portage.

You can explore these cliffs by kayak, canoe, or on foot.

If you take the latter option, you’ll enjoy the wonderful sights of the canyon on the Barron Canyon Loop Trail. This 1.5 km trail 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 — so make sure to exercise caution as you venture through the area.

You don’t need to travel far and wide to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. It’s just a drive away.

Barron River Provincial Park

Where: 29.0 KM of Barron Canyon Road, 11 KM north of Sand Lake Gate