Trip Idea: Trails in Samuel de Champlain 

Hiking trails in Samuel De Champlain Park
Year Round
Close to:
Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

Ontario Parks

Mattawa, ON, P0H 1V0

Etienne Brule Trail Network: This network is made up of 4 separate loops 2.5km(Red), 5km(Yellow), 8.5km(Green) and 9km(Black), with the three longer loops sharing some trail sections. A trail map sign is located at the trail head, which can be reached by following the signs in the park to the 'Etienne' trails. 


All four loops are rated as 'Moderate' (Scale: Easy, Moderate, Difficult) with steep rocky sections and exposed lookouts. The majority of these trails wind through mature stands of Red and White Pine.  Bring your camera and binoculars as the scenic views and wildlife sightings are numerous.                                                                      


The Kag Trail:

The Kag trail consists of one loop, 2.5km in length. It passes a small lake before climbing a steep ascent to an excellent lookout providing views of Moore Lake and surrounding landscape. This trail is rated as 'Moderate' (Scale: Easy, Moderate, Difficult) and provides excellent opportunities for viewing birds, waterfowl and other wildlife. The trailhead is located on the road to the Jingwakoki Campground. In winter it is best to park at the Canadian Ecology Centre, where more trail information can be obtained.                                                                  


Forestry Research Trail

Comprised of two short loops: 1km and 2km the Forestry Research Trail is an 'Easy'  self guided interpretive trail taking you through a stand of 100 year old Red and White Pine. A corresponding interpretive booklet provides you with interesting forest management information and is available at the trail head, park office or at the Canadian Ecology Centre. The trail head is located just across the Amable du Fond River bridge on the way to the Jingwakoki Campground. 

  • Hiking and Snowshoeing During the late Spring, Summer and early Fall a park permit is needed by all visitors. The rest of the year while the campgrounds are closde, the trails are still open and some roads are plowed. More information can be obtained at the Park Office or at the Canadian Ecology Centre, both located in the park.