With an abundance of beautiful lakes and some of the most beautiful scenery in Ontario, Frontenac County is a great place to enjoy an authentic Canadian experience. Read on to discover the 6 best ways to explore Frontenac County this summer!
1. Drop Your Line And See What You Find
Anglers flock to this area each year to take in the world-class bass, walleye, pike, and crappie fishing that the 5,000 lakes in and around this area has to offer.
Try your hand at kayak fishing. The calm, clear lakes of Frontenac Provincial Park provide the perfect environment for kayak fishing. Rental shops like the Frontenac Outfitters can set you up with a kayak and all the fishing gear you need. Glide through the water while angling for smallmouth bass, lake trout, perch and pike.
Experience nature up close and personal, by walking trails among rock, trees and wildlife. Frontenac Provincial Park provides extensive hiking and paddling routes, through more than 100 km of looped backpacking and hiking trails, and through 22 lakes! This is where backcountry recreation comes alive as avid hikers can explore Canadian Shield and lush green wilderness. Frontenac Provincial Park’s 5,355 hectares even offers 48 interior campsites, so excursions don’t have to end at dusk.
3. Explore Trails and Beaches
It takes a ferry ride and a small hike to get there, but the journey to Big Sandy Bay on Wolfe Island is one of the reasons why this trail and beach are so great. Once you arrive it’s all sand and sun on the magnificent St. Lawrence River.
Travel Tip: To get to the bay, take the Ferry by foot from Kingston across to the island and then travel by the free shuttle bus, bike or car on Highway 95 to Reed’s Bay Road to 3rd Line Road. Park in the lot or lock your bikes at the gatehouse. The 1.3-kilometre nature trail takes you to the beach. There is a small park entrance fee for adults, with discounts for bikes, families, children and frequent visitors.
Due to the high water levels, Big Sandy Bay beach will remain closed until further notice. Access to the walking trail is still available!
Gould Lake Conservation Area located just outside of Sydenham in Frontenac County is a natural summer haven. This area begs to be discovered with more than 20 km of trails across rolling and rugged terrain. The wetland, woods and shoreline are perfect for wildlife viewing along the way. Another neat feature is the throwback to another time when mica mines operated near Gould Lake.
Tucked away in the Wolfe Island Community Hall is a home for fine art, crafts and creations from the artists on the island in Frontenac County. The Wolfe Island Gallery is located in Marysville on Wolfe Island, and allows local creativeness to bloom by giving it a collective space in the historic hall with a community-minded approach.
Leave feeling completely blissful after your stay at the Shanti Retreat Centre. This secluded 11-acre waterfront property will have you feeling recharged in no time. Take part in yoga and meditation programs, outdoor activities, and healthy meals to nourish your body.