Mountain bikers will enjoy remarkable scenery and differing terrains to challenge bikers of all skill levels.

With over 58 kilometers of Crown access roads and a multitude of off-road trails through the forests and around the lakes of the North Frontenac Park Lands, bikers will take in stunning vistas from sandy beaches, pristine lakes and upland hardwood, to igneous substrata, granite slopes, rocky bluffs and outcroppings.

As many trails wind their way in and out of the North Frontenac Park Lands and on and off Crown Land please observe and respect any private property postings you may encounter.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Nestled atop the Madawaska Highlands with both the Mississippi and Madawaska rivers flowing through it, the North Frontenac Park Lands offer the canoeing and kayaking enthusiast lots of variety. From the tranquility of exploring the numerous streams and tributaries to the inspiring views offered during paddles down long lakes and the thrill of shooting its class I – IV rapids, North Frontenac Park Lands has it all.

While virtually every lake and campsite in North Frontenac Park Lands offers a variety of canoeing options Kashwakamak and Crotch lakes are part of the Mississippi River Canoe Route. Big Gull Lake provides a southern loop alternative to the Mississippi River between Crotch and Kashwakamak lakes.

Reserve your overnight rest stops by booking your campsites now.

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Land O'Lake Outfitters

200 Hunt Road Northbrook, Ontario K0H 2G0

(613) 243-7465

Palmerston Lake Marina

9637 Highway 509 Ompah, Ontario K0H 2J0

(613) 479-2176

Smarts Marina Ltd.

1018 Smart Road Cloyne, Ontario K0H 1K0

(613) 336-2222



North Frontenac is a great place to fish.

For comprehensive information about fishing in North Frontenac, take a look at the Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary. North Frontenac is in Zone 18.

*Now available through the MNR, are interactive ON-Line Fishing Maps stocked with information about many lakes throughout Ontario.


Literally miles of old trails, utility right of ways and old logging and Crown access roads wind their way through the forests and between the lakes making North Frontenac Park Lands a hiker's paradise.

Take your camera as photo opportunities present themselves at almost every turn in this natural wonderland. Capture memories of the abundant flora and fauna or some of the breathtaking landscapes and views.

Hiking opportunities exist from nearly every campsite in North Frontenac Park Lands. Whether following existing roads and trails or simply exploring the diversity of the terrain and nature around your campsite there's plenty to see!

Crotch Lake Trail

The Crotch Lake Trail is a marked walking trail through the natural wetlands and forests between the southwest shore of Crotch Lake and Big Gull Lake. The trail heads west from the south access road to the lake, then swings north past the eastern tip of Big Gull Lake before it loops back west toward Crotch Lake and curves south parallel to the southern portion of the west shore of the lake. The entire loop is approximately 7 miles.

View a trail map.

Schooner Trail

The Schooner Trail is a newly marked hiking trail through natural forests, featuring many large boulders, a high elevation scenic jaunt, and a steep limestone hillside, all on the west shore of Long Schooner Lake. The trail heads north from the end of Schooner Road, then zig-zags northwest up the "The Climb", and swings back east along the "Upper Ridge Walk" toward Long Schooner Lake. The trail finishes with a quick and steep descent to a nice mellow lakeside walk along Long Schooner Lake, and it then meets back to the beginning of the trail. The entire loop is approximately 3 kilometers, and covers just over 100 meters of elevation.

Download a Schooner trail map.

The Palmerston Canonto Conservation Area (PCCA) Trail

The Palmerston Canonto Conservation Area (PCCA) includes 7 hiking trails ranging from 300 meters to one kilometer in length. Community volunteers and the Township of North Frontenac formed a partnership to not only restore these trails but maintain and monitor the close to 5 kilometers of paths. These trails enhance the outdoor life of residents and visitors, and promote activity that fits within a healthy lifestyle. The trails are colour coded with line of sight markings making it easy to reach either of the two summits - the Lakeview and Vista Lookouts. Maps along the way make navigation very convenient. The trails start from the dam between Palmerston and Canonto Lakes and include back country levels of hiking that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Download a trail map.


Backyard astronomers know the importance of dark skies. North Frontenac Park Lands offer stargazers a remarkable view of the starry canopy without the annoying effects of light pollution.

Enjoy your favourite spring, summer or fall constellation from a quiet, secluded campsite providing the ideal setting for hours of dark sky enjoyment. Amateur astronomers appreciate our “top 10” dark sky rating, especially when observing deep sky objects like nebulas and faint galaxies in the deeper regions of space.

To help you choose the best nights to book your campsite, here are a few links, complements of Environment Canada, where you can get 48 hour forecasts for cloud cover, seeing quality, and sky transparency.


For more information visit our Dark Sky Perserve. 

Hubble Space Telescope

This page contains links to the latest publicly released images from Hubble.

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Canada's national organization of amateur astronomers, with local centres in most cities across Canada. Publisher of annual Observer's Handbook, Calendar, bi-monthly Journal, and Beginner's Observing Guide.

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