If hiking is your outdoor activity of choice then you’re going to want to add this to your summer bucket list. Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park is home to the highest point in the province, a 2273.62-foot summit. Here’s everything you need to know before you go.

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According to Ontario Parks, “Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater is a spectacular wilderness class park encompassing rugged topography, clear lakes, stunning waterfalls, and rushing rivers.”

The biggest draw for visitors is the Ishpatina Ridge Trail.

Crowned as Ontario’s highest elevation, The Ishpatina Ridge is a 2-hour (return trip) linear hike.

If you want to embark on this hike you’ll need to put in a little extra effort as Scarecrow Lake and the trailhead can only be reached by canoe.

The Ishpatina Ridge was formed by ancient Precambrian bedrock and now stands as towering domes with views you’ll have to see to believe.

If you need to cool off after your hike, There are a handful of opportunities in the backcountry for swimming including “both shallow and deeper water entries along rocky headlands,” says Ontario Parks.

If heights or hiking aren’t for you then no worries!


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Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater is connected to a 2400km canoeing network consisting of Parks, Conservation Reserves, and Crown lands meaning there is tons to explore without having to leave ground (or water) level.

Book your vehicle/day pass and get ready for some amazing views, Ontario!

Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park

Where: 24 Finlayson Park Road, Temagami, ON