Hiking & Swimming in Wawa, Lake Superior Park & Potholes Park

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Bring some peanuts if you’d enjoy feeding the Birds, Chipmunks and John’s army of Squirrels 😆

Oh oh… Don’t try to feed Barkley 😆

Fishing The Magpie River Wawa

Incredible Lake Superior Beaches just a short drive away. Sandy Beach - 15 minutes away 😎

Jessica Mathison

Wawa Lake has a beach in town for swimming too! 

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.

Scenic High Falls
Scenic High Falls Wawa Ontario
Silver Falls
Wawa Silver Falls Northern Lights Motel

Potholes Park - On Highway 101 (Towards Chapleau)

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 


Northern Lights Motel and Chalets - Hiking
I'm waving to John from the top of a Pothole
Potholes Provincial Park Northern Lights Motel

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
 HikeDrive Distance from NLmotel Hike Time Difficulty


lookouts over South Old Woman River Valley and Old Woman Bay

 20 Min

5.0 km (3 mi) loop

1½  – 3 hrs


Peat Mountain

Numerous Scenic Look Outs

 25 Min

11 km (6.8 mi) loop

3 – 5 hrs


South Old Woman Trail

Forest along the river.

 25 Min

2.5 km (1.5 mi) loop

1 – 2 hrs


Trapper’s Trail

Floating board walk

 30 Min

1.5 km (1 mi) loop

45 Min – 1½  hrs


Orphan Lake Trail

Scenic lookouts, beach on Lake Superior, Baldhead River, waterfalls,

 44 Min

8 km (5 mi) loop

2 – 4 hrs

(Sand River) Several waterfalls
 52 Min

 6 km (3.7 mi) return, linear

1.5 – 3 Hrs


Agawa Rock Pictographs

Rock Paintings, Steep Cliffs

 1 Hour 1 HrModerate

Sinclair Cove Bluff

Boat Launch – climb the trail to the top of the bluff for views of Lake Superior & Sinclair Cove

1 Hour

 to the top of bluff

15-20 Min


(A steep climb)

Cave Hike – Coastal Trail starting at Pictographs

Coastal Trail hike from Pictograph Parking lot to Cave & Rock formations

1 Hour

1.6k (1 mi) (guessing)


2 – 4 Hours

 Moderate to Demanding

Awausee Trail

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


Towab Trail

follows Agawa River – Agawa Falls


2 – 3 Hours to Burnt Rock Pool & Return

24 km (15 mi) return,

10 – 12 hrs rtn
(overnight recommended)

Moderate to Burnt Rock Pool

Very Demanding to Agawa Falls

Crescent Lake

Hardwood Forest


  2 km (1.2 mi) loop

½ – 1 Hour


Nokomis Trail – 20 minute drive – 1.5 – 3 hour hike

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 and South Old Woman River Trail are located at Rabbit Blanket Lake Campground.

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 – 30 Minutes Drive – 45 min-1.5 hour hike

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 – 44 minutes Drive – 2 to 4 hour hike

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)

My Facebook Photos of our Orphan Lake Hike August 11, 2019


Pinguisibi (Sand River) Trail – 52 minutes drive – 1.5 to 3 hour hike

Pinguisibi is the Ojibwe name for “river of fine white sand”. This river is an ancient travel route used by the Ojibwe as they hunted, fished and trapped northwards into the interior.

The first waterfall is a short hike upstream. The trail continues along the Sand River, past two more waterfalls, rapids and quiet sections of the river. The trail ends near portage 28 of the Sand River Canoe Route. Return along the same route.

  • 6 km (3.7 mile) return, linear
  • 1½ – 3 hrs, return (Easy)

Agawa Rock Pictographs & Sinclair Cove (Boat Launch) – 1 Hour Drive – ½ to 1 Hour Hike

Agawa Rock Pictographs – Generations of Ojibwe recorded their dreams and spirits in red ochre paintings at this sacred site. The trail is short, but rugged, descending through rock chasms and broken boulders.

The Pictographs are accessed from a rock ledge at the edge of Lake Superior and can only be viewed when the lake is calm. The site is open from mid-May to mid-September. Caution is advised when venturing onto this rock ledge due to its slope and the unpredictable nature of Lake Superior and its wave action. (Closes in med-September)

  • 0.5 km (0.3 Mile ) Loop
  • ½ – 1 Hour (Moderate)


I turned my niece’s photo from the Agawa Pictograph Trail into a Cartoon  😀


Mo's Custom Cartoon - Hillary and Brett


Sinclair Cove is located at the Boat launch on the same road for Agawa Pictographs. John hiked up the bluff and took a photo of me swimming in Sinclair Cove on Sept 24, 2017

  • Vertical Climb (25 – 40 minutes return) Difficult 
Mo in Sinclair Cove Sept 24, 2017

Mo swimming in Sinclair Cove, Sept 24, 2017

The Bluff overlooks Lake Superior / Sinclair Cove –

Mo looking over Sinclair Cove, October 10, 2012

Cave Hike – Part of the Coastal Trail

Park at the Agawa Pictographs Parking Lot, and follow the Coastal Trail South (Towards Sault Ste Marie). We did the Cave Hike a dozen years ago, and I remember it being an incredible hike. Moderate to Demanding, It follows the RUGGED shoreline (no beaches), to neat cave and rock formations.

I cannot remember how long it took us. There and back? 2 – 4 Hours? Ken Reece, said it’s only 1 mile? I thought it was further, but it was so long ago.

Agawa Caves

Gail, Mom and Mo (Me) – Photographed by Ken Reece

Awausee Trail – 1 hour 7 minutes drive – 45 min return to first lookout. 4-6 hour hike

Climb the Awausee for a bird’s-eye view of the Agawa Valley and Lake Superior. This demanding trail starts at the base of Agawa Mountain and follows an old logging road before veering uphill along a ravine. The first lookout (45 min return hike) offers a view of the lower Agawa River Valley and Agawa Mountain.

Continue climbing through maple forests to a series of lookouts, 200 metres (650 ft.) above the Agawa Valley. Descend along the creek to join up with the old logging road and back to the trail’s beginning.

  • 1.5 km (1 Mile) to first Lookout & Return – 45 Minutes (Demanding)
  • 10 kms (6.2 Mile) Loop – 4 – 6 Hours (Demanding)

Towab Trail – 1 Hour 16 Minutes drive – 10 – 12 hours

The Towab trailhead is located 3.5 km (2 mi) along the Frater Road. The hike to Agawa Falls and return is recommended as an overnight trip. There are several campsites along the way. Much of the trail is alongside the river, however there are several steep ascents and descents.

  • Shorter hikes can be taken to Burnt Rock Pool (moderate; 2 – 4 hours return) or further upstream; retrace your steps to return.

At the turn of the century, visitors were often guided by Towabanasay (Tow-a-ban-a-say), often called Towab, an Ojibwe guide who held the hunting rights to a 1,300 square kilometre area which included the Agawa River.

The trail ends at Agawa Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the park (25 metres; 82 ft.)

  • 24 km (15 Mile) Return, linear 
  • 10-12 Hours (Overnight recommended)  (Very Demanding)

Crescent Lake – 1 Hour 17 Minute drive – ½ to 1 hour hike

Park at Gate of Crescent Lake Campground – short walk on Road to Trail. Trail takes you through a forest of Yellow Birch which is at least 80 years old and century old pines. You’ll pass by Crescent, MacGregor and Mudhole Lakes, part of the Crescent Lake Canoe Route. This is an ideal hike for families and nature enthusiasts.

  • 2 km (1.2 Mile) loop
  • ½ – 1 Hour (Easy)