Exciting New Trails in Algoma

Uncover These Hiking Paths for Your Adventure

Updated: By Cory St. Pierre

It’s no secret that the Algoma Region has some of the best hiking trails in Northern Ontario. And the best part is that the list is always expanding. Whether you’re looking for a multi-day trip, an interpretive hike, or a stroll, Algoma offers a diverse and robust list of hiking trails available for all skill levels including accessibility options.

Algoma boasts a total area of 28,000 square miles with many hiking experiences for novice and experienced backpackers. Experience a rejuvenating walk on a nature trail, or an educational interpretive hike, or rough it alone in some of the most magnificent untouched areas of Northern Ontario.

Below are three exciting new trails in Algoma to your travel itinerary. And as a reminder when visiting any trail in the region: Put Leave No Trace into practice to preserve the trails’ natural beauty to be enjoyed by future generations.

Ojibway Park Nature Trail – Biindigen Baashiing Bagodkana Miikaans


Location: Ojibway Park, Garden River, Ontario
Distance: 1 km
Type: Round/Loop
Rating: Easy

The Ojibway Park Nature Trail is situated in Garden River First Nation and offers visitors an opportunity to explore the natural beauty and cultural significance of the region. The winding trail leads through a diverse landscape of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, and the picturesque Garden River. It’s a loop off of the Trans Canada Trail. The trail is known for its tranquillity and serenity, providing hikers a peaceful escape into nature.

This is a trail where visitors can immerse themselves in Indigenous culture and learn about the traditions and heritage of the Ojibwe people. The nature trail is well-marked with interpretive signs that share the knowledge and history of the area, and bring insight into the traditional land use practices, medicinal plants, and the deep connection between the Ojibwe community and the natural environment. When visiting the Ojibway Park Nature Trail, please respect the land, its inhabitants, and its cultural significance. It’s important to follow any rules or regulations put in place by the Garden River First Nation.

Visitors can purchase day-use passes but we encourage you to extend your stay by booking a campsite or cabin.

Thessalon Coastal Trail

thessalon-aerial-new coastal trail

Location: Thessalon, Ontario
Distance: 8.0 km
Type: Round/Linear
Rating: Moderate

Located within Robinson Treaty of 1850 Territory; The Traditional territory of the Anishinaabek who have lived within the Great Lakes for thousands of years. The Thessalon Coastal Trail opened in 2023 and is without a doubt a must-do for any passionate hiker.

The trailhead is located within the Town of Thessalon, Ontario and on town-owned property. Experience serenity and enjoy stretches of walkways that will pass over accreted land. The wooden walkways allow for the trail to extend to small islands, providing world-class views of Thessalon and into the North Channel of Lake Huron. The Thessalon Coastal Trail is comprised of a mix of routes that have rugged terrain and sections that are Accessible for those with mobility difficulties. This exciting new trail system provides a hidden view of Thessalon.

Visitors will find places to stay, places to eat and unique shopping in the town and outlying areas. If you like paddling, bring your kayak or canoe and launch it at Peace Park to paddle the Thessalon River. Make time to hike to Aubrey Falls a remote waterfall in nearby Mississagi Valley.

Mossy Rock Trail – Aasaakamigo Assinii Miikana


Location: Blind River, Ontario
Type: Round/Loop
Rating: Easy

The trail is a fully accessible hiking loop and is a partnership between Mississauga First Nation and the Town of Blind River. This shared trail brings teachings along the trail through the lens of First Nations. The trail is well-signed and is designed to be comfortable for wheelchairs, strollers, cycling, walking, or snowshoeing. Access the loop at the west end of Youngfox Road. There is a parking lot. The loop has rest stations accompanied by accessible interpretive signage every 150 m.

Users can learn about wildlife in English French Anishinaabemowin as well as play with tactile components. Located at the west end of Youngfox Road, an exclusive parking lot (with accessible parking) welcomes all users. The trail is hard-packed limestone.

Another trail system in the area that you will want to explore is the Boom Camp Trails. There are 3 main loops and interpretive trilingual signage highlights the significance of the area culturally and environmentally.

Looking for more trails in Algoma? Order your free Outdoor Adventure map here.


About Cory St. Pierre

As a member of the Algoma Country staff, I enjoy hiking and the great outdoors. I hope my blogs and stories encourage you to explore and plan your next vacation to the Algoma region.

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