The Burwash Prison Trail, located near Killarney, Ontario, is a fascinating hiking trail that offers visitors a glimpse into the historical and natural beauty of the area. Spanning approximately 5 kilometers, this trail winds through the picturesque landscape, providing hikers with an immersive experience.

The trail takes its name from the nearby Burwash Correctional Centre, a former prison that operated from 1914 to 1975. As you embark on the trail, you’ll notice remnants of the prison’s past, such as crumbling buildings, cell blocks, and remnants of the old guardhouse. These haunting remnants serve as a reminder of the site’s history and add an air of intrigue to the trail.

As you walk along the trail, you’ll be surrounded by the stunning wilderness of Killarney. Towering pine trees, vibrant wildflowers, and tranquil lakes create a serene and picturesque backdrop throughout the hike. The trail offers a combination of flat terrain, gentle slopes, and some rocky sections, making it suitable for hikers of various skill levels.

The trail is well-marked, ensuring that visitors can navigate the route easily. It is recommended to wear sturdy footwear and bring along water and snacks for the journey. Whether you’re an avid hiker, history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful escape into nature, the Burwash Prison Trail offers a unique and memorable experience.

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Burwash Prison Trail characteristics

Length: 5 km linear trail (in and out)
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural and Crushed limestone
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, and Cycling
Accessibility Notes: not wheel chair accessible
Fees: $13.75 for parking

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: none

Attractions: abandoned prison farm, beaver pond, old growth forest.


Find it: On highway 637 - 8 km west of Highway 69 on north side.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 46.1880000
Longitude: -80.8516830