Nature Trails near Hearst, Ontario

The town of Hearst is situated on Highway 11 on the Mattawishkwia River. Originally called Grant, the town was built due to the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway in 1913. The town was later changed to Hearst, as it was renamed for William Howard Hearst—then the Ontario Minister of Forests and Mines, and later premier of Ontario.

Hearst is your playground! Experience an incredible snowmobile ride though a 1,000 kilometres of wide trails. Explore the vast boreal forest or travel magical spots inaccessible by car. With its abundant snow cover, Hearst has wonderful trails for cross country skiers and snowshoers. This adventure, with family or alone, attracts nature lovers with a sharp eye for picking out animal tracks in the snow.

Your adventure doesn’t stop here. Witness a ritual and learn more about the Ojibwe and Cree culture. It is truly beautiful to hear the sound of the drums, to see participants dance in their beautiful regalia at the Constance Lake First Nation Annual Pow Wow.

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Achilles Lake Trail – 1 km return (45 minutes) easy. This trail leads to the shore of Achilles Lake, a small lake on the north side of the campground. The lake is a popular spot for watching sunsets. There is a canoe rental at the end of this trail so you can...


Shaganash Trail 4 km (2 hours) moderate This trail follows the shoreline of Park Lake. Interpretive stops along the way explain how Aboriginals used plants and wildlife to survive in this environment. Time Trail 1.5 km loop (1.5 hours) moderate Along the trail are...

Thunder House Falls Trail

Thunder House Falls Trail is a winter snowshoe trail north of Hearst, Ontario. The Trail is marked rustically by tree blazes and packed annually by local volunteers. Efforts are ongoing to establish an overnight summer hiking trail with campsites on a longer parallel...