AROUND EL NORTE Lodge
El Norte Lodge is located in Buckshot Lake in the Township of North Frontenac, Ontario, Canada. Buckshot Lake is at an elevation of 291 metres above sea level. The lake perimeter is 19 kilometres, with the deepest point at about 33 metres. Buckshot Lake supports a cold water fishery, in particular Lake Trout, as well as, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
It is a provincial park in South Eastern Ontario north of Kaladar, Ontario, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north of Cloyne.
Bon Echo features several lakes, including part of Mazinaw Lake, the second-deepest lake in Ontario. The southeastern shore of Mazinaw Lake features the massive 100 m (330 ft) high Mazinaw Rock, an escarpment rising out of the water, adorned with many native pictographs. The unofficial mascot of Bon Echo Park is the Ojibwe trickster figure and culture hero, Nanabush, who is among the 260 plus pictographs found in the area. Pictographs are often confused with petroglyphs, which are rock carvings rather than the rock paintings found on Mazinaw.
The site of the Mazinaw pictographs was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1982
Puzzle Lake Provincial Park
Puzzle Lake Provincial Park is 15 km north of Tamworth along County Road 15. It supports a diversity of undisturbed upland and wetland habitats. It is situated between two other significant natural ecosystems in the area, the Kaladar Jack Pine Barrens and the Mellon Lake Conservation Reserve. The convoluted network of ridges, valleys and twisted shorelines include a tremendous variety of habitats and microclimates from extensive rock barrens, dry deciduous and mixed forests, cliffs of igneous rock supporting ancient cedars, to boggy wetlands and natural shorelines of lakes and rivers. This site is home to the provincially rare shining sumac and the nationally rare bear oak. The recently discovered bear oak and common juniper rock barren is the first found in Canada. The area supports the highest known number of provincially rare species found in any such area in eastern or southern Ontario: 16 plants, 1 bird, 2 mammals and 12 rare plant communities. Please note that this is an undeveloped park and there is limited access to Puzzle Lake by vehicle. Be prepared to walk/portage.
CANOEING AND KAYAKING
Nestled atop the Madawaska Highlands with both the Mississippi and Madawaska rivers flowing through it, the North Frontenac Park Lands offer the canoeing and kayaking enthusiast lots of variety. From the tranquility of exploring the numerous streams and tributaries to the inspiring views offered during paddles down long lakes and the thrill of shooting its class I – IV rapids, North Frontenac Park Lands has it all.
While virtually every lake and campsite in North Frontenac Park Lands offers a variety of canoeing options Kashwakamak and Crotch lakes are part of the Mississippi River Canoe Route. Big Gull Lake provides a southern loop alternative to the Mississippi River between Crotch and Kashwakamak lakes.
The Dark Sky Preserve in North Frontenac is located near Plevna just two hours from Ottawa and New York State, and only four hours from Montreal and Toronto.
The observation pad is one of the best places for stargazing in the province. It is a public space with amenities, including parking, accessible washroom and electrical service. Anyone can setup their telescope and enjoy the darkest skies in southern Ontario. At organized events, amateur astronomers are available to provide context.
On August 3, 2013 the Township of North Frontenac became the first municipality in Canada to receive Dark Sky Preserve status from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
The Dark Sky Preserve observation pad is one of the best places for astronomy. It is adjacent to the helipad at 5816 Road 506, four kilometers south-west of the Township offices near Plevna, Ontario.
North Frontenac has the darkest skies in southern Ontario and it is the perfect place for star gazing. Plus we are easily reached by millions of potential visitors from Southern Ontario, Eastern Quebec, Northern New York, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
Travel the hundreds of kilometers of trails in North Frontenac that will challenge and inspire you. We will provide you with the ATV or bring your own
Winter or Summer, the area attracts to most avid climbers. Mazinaw and Brule Lakes are one of the best places to climb in Ontario. Ice climbing is one of the unique winter experience you can have.
SNOW SHOEING AND ICE SKATING
Literally miles of old trails, utility right of ways and old logging and Crown access roads wind their way through the forests and between the lakes making North Frontenac Park Lands a hiker’s paradise.
The Schooner Trail is a newly marked hiking trail through natural forests, featuring many large boulders, a high elevation scenic jaunt, and a steep limestone hillside, all on the west shore of Long Schooner Lake.
The Crotch Lake Trail is a marked walking trail through the natural wetlands and forests between the southwest shore of Crotch Lake and Big Gull Lake. The trail heads west from the south access road to the lake, then swings north past the eastern tip of Big Gull Lake before it loops back west toward Crotch Lake and curves south parallel to the southern portion of the west shore of the lake. The entire loop is approximately 7 miles.
Enjoy the magic of Lake Buckshot as you ice skate over its glistening frozen waters. The best way to keep warm in the Canadian winter!
Discover Canada's magnificent forests and spectacular scenery on this snowshoe hike- the perfect way to explore Plevna.