Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Thunder Bay, Canada
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park Thunder Bay Reviews
Awesome Escape into the Outdoors Jul 18, 2011
This is a great example of the stellar provincial parks that Ontario has to offer, about a 45 minute drive East of Thunder Bay. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park has both trailer camping as well as some great back-country and more remote camping sites.
This is a great spot to view wildlife such as black bears, white tailed deer, porcupine etc.
Both overnight multi-day hikes as well as short day hikes are available in this area, a great way to experience Northern Ontario!
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Good Hiking and Good Climbing and Camping Jun 10, 2009
Hike the legend of the Sleeping Giant
The Giant is full of great trails for beginners to more advanced hikers. Go to the Sleeping Giant campground for more information and a map. Check out their cross-country ski trails in the winter, and be sure to take in Silver Islet and the submerged mines.
Legend has it that the Giant lay down in order to prevent white men from getting at the silver mines owned by the Ojibway. On the southern tip of this rugged peninsula near Thunder Bay lies the legendary Sleeping Giant. Venture deep into its boreal forests to experience the backcountry, or follow its rugged trails to the top of the giant for unbeatable views of Lake Superior. Look for deer, moose and other large mammals in the park’s vast forests and lowlands. Whether you are hiking along lush green paths or gliding over snowy trails, the beauty of this park will leave you spellbound. A 2 - 2.1/2 hour hike in on foot , same back (you could mountainbike in but be prepared to do some climbing and descending on such)
the walk in is quite nice and you might encounter wildlife on the trail, lots of flora worth looking at
there is a bit of a climb involved on the chest trail towards the top but not impossible to do
take Sawyer's Bay trail from parking lot (about 1 -2 km past the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park campgrounds...info at the gatehouse)
there is a map of the trails at the parking lot
The view from the highest point on the Sleeping Giant is incredible. Be careful near the edge as no barrier and quite a high drop..my guess is about 250+ metre (750 ft.)sheer drop.
Stop on the way at Sawyer's Bay to picnic and swim. Wear good appropriate footwear. Recommended that you bring fly repellent, sunscreen and bottled water for the hike.
It is a joy to always come to this park. It is natural and a local wonder of Thunder Bay. The access you have to nature and Lake Superior is priceless. I recommend this are for people who like to cross country ski. hike and camping. Its amazing.
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