Four Hiking Trails You Need To Visit Right Now:
By Magnus de Pencier
As the leaves fall and weather turns brisk, there is no better time to get out with family and friends alike and explore the beautiful trails in the Kingston Region! (Abiding by social distancing guidelines, of course).
Trail #1: Lemoine Point
Roughly a 21-minute drive from Kingston City Hall, this 4.7-kilometre trail is usually home to a plethora of dog walkers, runners, and families. Over the course of the trail, one will find themselves walking through beautiful cedar forests (pictured above), alongside the waterfront, and even a few beaches with large flat pieces of limestone that you can sit on if you wish to take a break. You’ll also find several picnic tables right down by the water (these must be booked on the CRCA website: https://crca.ca/), and public washrooms on both the north and south end of the trail. In terms of wildlife, one can expect to see Garder Snakes, Blue Jays, Bumblebees, and Chipmunks, to name a few!
Trail #2: Nicholson’s Point Woods
This trail, though a 26-minute commute from Downtown Kingston, is worth it. It’s 2.2 kilometres is jam-packed with old relics such as abandoned cars, freshwater springs on the north side of the loop, mossy limestone, and so much more. The trail is very well kept and maintained with gravel to ensure accessibility of all hiker skill level, except a little hairy at times for kids in strollers. Lighthouse Park, an access point on the trail, offers a great view of Amherst Island across the water. Overall this wheel-shaped loop is worth the visit.
Trail #3: Frontenac Park
The Tetsmine Lake Loop in Frontenac Provincial Park is an hour outside of Kingston, 11.1 Kilometers in length, and so far the most challenging yet rewarding trail on this list. Frontenac Park is regarded as one of the top provincial parks in the Kingston region. Its well-groomed trails, excellent camping spots, and fishing are top-notch. Along the Tetsmine Lake Loop, one can expect to see beaver ponds and long and winding ravines, and incredible lake views. On the trail, one can take a detour to Moulton Lake, a beautiful lake with high hills on both of its sides. One can also see signs representing the old history of Crab Lake Mine, an old minefield! Overall, although this trail is longer in length and certainly more challenging than the previous, from ravines to private campsite beaches, this trail has a lot to offer
Medium Trail #4: Gould Lake
This trail is roughly 40 minutes outside of downtown Kingston and 9.3 kilometres in length. It is located within the Rideau Approach+Mine Loop Conservation area. In the warmer weather, one can rent canoes and visit a swimming beach and picnic areas. In the winter, it offers an incredible network of trails, known for the scenic beauty. One of the trail highlights is the open pit from the former Mica Mines, which still has Mica chips all over the surface ground. Although this is a beautiful trail year-round, I especially recommend it in the warmer weather.
To find out more about the best hiking in the Kingston region, I highly recommend checking out this website! https://www.thingstodoinkingston.ca/hiking