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In the  QE II Wildlands Provincial Park


The wild part of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail 

- where few dare to tread!

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CAUTION!! Due to the relative remoteness of the Wilderness terrain, any person who is ALLERGIC to insect bites or stings, or who has any other allergic condition should at all times carry an epipen or other source of injectable adrenalin, and should mention the condition and the location of the epipen to a trusted person on the hike


DO NOT GO alone into the Wilderness, even if you know what to do if you encouter a black bear. Attach bells onto your pack to let bears know you are coming, so you don't surprise them.

The  Ganarsaka Hiking Trail Wildands Wilderness Section mainly runs through the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park.

Features of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park

  • One of the largest, least disturbed natural areas in Central Ontario.
  • Forest communities that include white pine, red oak, black spruce, tamarack and lowland hardwood stands.
  • Numerous rock ridges separating dozens of small lakes, rivers and streams. There are several scenic cliffs and gorges.
  • Scenic features such as Victoria Falls, a series of waterfalls and rapids on the Black River and Scrabble Mountain, a viewpoint overlooking the highlands found at the east end of the park.
  • A large number of biologically significant areas. These include Sadowa Wetlands, the Dalton Black Ash Stand, Lewisham Wetland and Riley Lake Barrens.
  • A number of significant animal and plant species including the Five-lined Skink (Ontario's only lizard), Spotted Turtle, Eastern Hognose Snake, New England Sedge and Hayden's Sedge.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park is one of Ontario's 69 natural environment class parks, which are defined as outstanding recreational landscapes with representative natural features and historical resources. Natural environment class provincial parks protect significant resources, while providing opportunities for education and recreation.

 


Parking:

VICTORIA BRIDGE 

 PLEASE NOTE: Anyone wanting to park a car overnight at Victoria Bridge should make sure not to block traffic and to display evidence of Ganaraska Hiking Trail membership on the dashboard. Failure to do so may cause the car to be ticketed and/or towed.

MOORE FALLS

 Anyone wanting to park at the small parking area in Moore Falls, which is reserved for Ganaraska Trail hikers exclusively, should leave something on the dashboard (e.g. newsletter, guidebook, decal) or window to show that you are a member of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail.