Hiking Wawa, Lake Superior Park & Potholes Park
Go Ahead and Make the Drive!
Stay in Wawa for a few days, and hike the area or head to a beach –
We are only 15 minutes away from beautiful Sandy Beach
Wawa's Scenic High Falls & Silver Falls
Scenic High Falls is a 12 Minute Drive from Northern Lights Motel
Park your vehicle at High Falls (There are washrooms & a covered picnic area). Hike the Voyageur Trail along the Magpie River to Silver Falls. Moderate Difficulty. Some difficult climbs. 2 hour return.
Potholes Park - On Highway 101
42 Minutes Drive from Northern Lights Motel
No Fees. There are Restrooms. Easy, short, walking trail with boardwalks and interpretive signs takes you through distinctive bedrock scenery including “potholes” formed by glacial erosion, and boulders swirling in pools. Beautiful boreal forest along the Kinniwabi River. 0.5 km (0.3 mi) loop - ½ Hour
Hiking in Lake Superior Park
Hiking Lake Superior Park (fees apply)
Eleven world class hiking trails explore the diverse landscapes and environments of Lake Superior Provincial Park. Spectacular scenery, cliffs, rocky shores, beaches, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, lush forests. Trails vary in length and difficulty and are designed for novice and experienced hikers. The Coastal Trail connects with many of the trails, but are not listed as “hikes”.
- ⭐️Agawa Rock Pictographs – 35 red ochre images are visible; one of the few pictograph sites in Ontario accessible by foot (only when Lake Superior is calm); open mid-May to mid-September
- ⭐️An exceptional Visitor Centre located at Agawa Bay, highlighting the park’s cultural history, natural features and recreational opportunities
- ⭐️Fantastic trout fishing
|Hike||Drive Distance from NLmotel||Hike Time||Difficulty|
lookouts over South Old Woman River Valley and Old Woman Bay
5.0 km (3 mi) loop
1½ – 3 hrs
Numerous Scenic Look Outs
11 km (6.8 mi) loop
3 – 5 hrs
Forest along the river.
2.5 km (1.5 mi) loop
1 – 2 hrs
Floating board walk
1.5 km (1 mi) loop
45 Min – 1½ hrs
Scenic lookouts, beach on Lake Superior, Baldhead River, waterfalls,
8 km (5 mi) loop
2 – 4 hrs
Scenic beach hike, Bathtub Island – Swimming, Blueberries
|50 Min||1 – 2 hrs||Easy|
(Sand River) Several waterfalls
6 km (3.7 mi) return, linear
1.5 – 3 Hrs
Rock Paintings, Steep Cliffs
|1 Hour||1 Hr||Moderate|
Boat Launch – climb the trail to the top of the bluff for views of Lake Superior & Sinclair Cove
to the top of bluff
(A steep climb)
Coastal Trail hike from Pictograph Parking lot to Cave & Rock formations
1.6k (1 mi) (guessing)
2 – 4 Hours
|Moderate to Demanding|
Climb a steep mountain/cliff – Scenic lookouts over Agawa Bay and Agawa River valley
(1.5 km (1 mi) to/return 1st lookout)
45 min return to 1st lookout
10 km (6.2 mi) loop
4 – 6 hours
follows Agawa River – Agawa Falls
2 – 3 Hours to Burnt Rock Pool & Return
24 km (15 mi) return,
10 – 12 hrs rtn
Moderate to Burnt Rock Pool
Very Demanding to Agawa Falls
2 km (1.2 mi) loop
½ – 1 Hour
The Nokomis Trail is ranked among the top five day hikes in the country, according to Lonely Planet’s “Discover Canada” guidebook. Park at Old Woman Bay. 20 minutes drive (30 minutes if you want to take the Tremblay Road Scenic route)
Be sure to check out Old Woman Bay Beach!
- Nokomis – Boreal Forest, Scenic Views
- 5 km (3 Mile) loop
- 1.5 – 3 Hours (Moderate)
Climb through the lichen-draped boreal forest to scenic lookouts. You may be able to see the face of an old woman immortalized in the cliff, rising 200 metres (650 ft.) above Lake Superior. The final descent is steep.
Peat Mountain Trail – 25 Minutes drive – 3 to 5 hour hike
- Peat Mountain – Mixed Forest, Scenic Lookouts
- 11 km (6.8 Mile) loop
- 3 – 5 Hours (Difficult)
Peat Mountain Trail – Park at Rabbit Blanket Lake. Climb 150 metres (500 ft.) through a mixed forest to the top of Peat Mountain, overlooking ridges and valleys formed by glacial activity. On a clear day you can see Michipicoten Island, 55 km (34 mi) to the west, out in Lake Superior.
There is a side loop to the Foam Lake Lookout, a 45 minute return hike, or stay on the main trail descending to Foam Lake.
South Old Woman River Trail – 25 Minutes drive – 1 to 2 hour hike
South Old Woman River Trail – Park at Rabbit Blanket Lake. While much of the trail is easy, there are sections of uneven footing and some rock hopping to cross the river.
- South Old Woman River (A variety of ferns and moisture-loving plants grow on the cool damp forest floor along the river)
- 2.5 km (1.5 Mile) loop
- 1 – 2 Hours (Moderate)
Trapper’s Trail – Following the shoreline of Rustle Lake, the trail includes two viewing platforms and a floating boardwalk, where you can watch for wetland wildlife such as beaver, otter, marten, Great Blue Heron, and moose.
- 1.5 km (1 Mile) Loop
- 45 Min – 1.5 Hours (Easy)
Orphan Lake Trail – This diverse trail passes through hardwood and evergreen forests, including an area burned in May, 1998. Near the end of the burn there is a side trail (linear) climbing to spectacular lookouts over Lake Superior.
A pebble beach on Lake Superior marks the half-way point, where there is a junction with the Coastal Trail. To complete the Orphan Lake Trail, follow the Baldhead River upstream, past the waterfalls. The trail then climbs to the east shore of Orphan Lake before joining with the trail back to the trailhead.
- 8 Km (5 Mile) loop
- 2 – 4 Hours (Moderate)