Nature Trails near Rossport, Ontario

Welcome to Rossport!

ONE OF CANADA'S SPECTACULAR DRIVES along the North Shore of Lake Superior brings you to the picturesque village of Rossport, two hours east of Thunder Bay or six hours west of Sault Ste. Marie. Peacefully nestled on one of the most protected harbours on Lake Superior, the village overlooks the pristine Rossport Islands, part of a huge archipelago designated as Canada's newest Marine Conservation Area. Described as "a Cathedral without Pillars" and, sometimes, the "Peggy Cove of the North", Rossport area is a nature lover's paradise. Canada's famous artists, the Group of Seven, drew inspiration from the unique beauty of this area.
ROSSPORT IS A DESTINATION from which to enjoy many land and water activities. The protected waters have become a dream location for kayakers, canoers, and boaters. The wreck of the Gunilda lies just offshore and is a popular site for technical dives. The Casque Isle Hiking Trail begins in Rossport. Other favourite pastimes are hunting, fishing, beachcombing, rock collecting, birdwatching, photography, golfing, and even sand castle building. For wildlife lovers, there are frequent sightings of deer, moose, bear, eagles and blue heron; occasionally one can also observe otter, owls, pileated woodpeckers, fox, and wolves. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing, while snowmobilers can enjoy the miles of groomed trails linking the communities of the North Shore and offering the most scenic views and wilderness adventures in Ontario.
HISTORY BUFFS will enjoy a visit to the Rossport Museum, housed in a caboose donated by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Once an overnight stop on its line, passengers would disembark at the CPR hotel, now the Rossport Inn, a designated historical site: two other historical sites are the Union Church and the first auto shop, now the Forget-Me-Not Gift Shop. The Rossport Marina and the docks reflect the village's past as a major stop by the voyageurs on the fur trade route to and from Fort William, and of having a primary economy of fishing for many years. If possible, one must plan a boat trip to historical Battle Island Lighthouse.
ROSSPORT OFFERS YEAR-ROUND ACCOMMODATIONS, AND GOURMET DINING, by the shore of Lake Superior. Seasonally, one can find patio dining, unique gift shops and an excellent local pottery. Kayak and canoe rentals with lessons and guided excursions are also available. For those who prefer to camp, Rainbow Falls Provincial Park offers two locations with full amenities, hiking and beach trails, and swimming.
FOR A CHANGE OF PACE with unparalleled peacefulness, serenity, and awesome beauty, come experience the mystery of Gitchi Gumi. Spend a few days in the Rossport area - the Canadian North Shore's best kept secret.

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The Casque Isles Trail is a signed and groomed trail that offers incredible vista views of Northern Ontario and Lake Superior for hikers to enjoy! The trail begins in Rossport, passes through Schreiber and  concludes in Terrace Bay, for a total length of 53 km. The...


RAINBOW FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK TRAILS Back Forty Trail 5.6 km return, 2.5 hours, strenuous This old road climbs steeply to a view of Whitesand Lake with Lake Superior as a backdrop. Rainbow Falls Trail 3 km, 1.5 hours, strenuous A series of stairs and platforms follow...


ROSSPORT COASTAL TRAIL This easy access trail which starts at the east end of Rossport and meanders along the shore of Lake Superior. Enjoy beautiful beaches, breathtaking views of Lake Superior and some of the islands of the Rossport archipelago. This is a 1.5 km...