The vision for a national shared-use Trail began in 1992 with the formation of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. Its mandate was to raise funds and coordinated the efforts of trail builders throughout the country. A Trails Council was established in each province and territory. In Ontario these councils are divided into a number of areas. Our area is represented by the Discovery Routes Trails Organization. They work according to local community needs, with other volunteer groups, including our Magnetawan Area Business Association. When complete, the Trans Canada Trail will link our land and bond our communities in a lasting embrace. The longest trail in the world touches all three great oceans surrounding Canada: the Arctic, the Pacific and the Atlantic.
For more information about the Trans Canada Trail, please visit the link below.
The Trans Canada Trail winds its way through the area; the Sequin Trail from Fern Glen to Sequin Falls, and the Old Nipissing Road north to Magnetawan and beyond, is now part of the Trans Canada Trail. The Old Nipissing Development Road (originally built in the 1840s) is now the main street of the Village of Magnetawan. It originally ran from Rosseau to Nipissing and was the only route by road to the north. It has since fallen into disuse. However, there are many ghost towns, old cemeteries, and abandoned farms to see. Many of the original settlers came this way before the railways were built. Route sights along this road lead from the Sequin Trail at Sequin Falls to Commanda at Hwy #522. The road is an excellent trail for hiking or mountain bikes. Below is a link to a description and map of our area trails.
The committee appointed by the Magnetawan Area Business Association to erect a Trans Canada Trail kiosk in Magnetawan is pleased the work is complete. The new kiosk was unveiled at the Community Centre on the 6th of July, 2002. The unveiling ceremony began at 4:30 p.m., and was followed by a BBQ sponsored by the Magnetawan Lions Club, and square dance.
The kiosk contains over 700 names of individuals in the area who have contributed to the construction and maintenance of the Trans Canada Trail, and some 40 brief messages from area businesses and organizations.
AHMIC LAKE GOLF CLUB TRAILS (5 KM.) (Private Trail)
Take the golf course road skirting the Magnetawan River on your left. At the end of the road, trails lead off into the Broadmeadow wildlife Area, giving the naturalist a feast for the eyes in the light forest around this picturesque golf course.
For information, please call 705-387-3961
THE "DAM TRAIL" (1.5 KM.)
Once in the Village of Magnetawan, venture over to the newly restored dam and locks. Follow the "Dam Trail" signs around the island and take in vistas of waterfalls, granite outcroppings, the old lighthouse on Scenic Lake Cecebe, and Centennial Park. This trail is adjacent to the museum in the old Powerhouse.
AHMIC LAKE TRAIL (50 KM.)
From Ahmic Harbour, head southeast along the Ahmic Lake Road past the narrows of Neighick and Crawford Lakes. Follow trail signs until you meet up with the Old Nipissing "Ghost Road" at Spence. Head north (left) past the Spence cemetery; enjoy the scenery of Ahmic Lake along the way. At Magnetawan, take in the historical sights, catch a swim, and head out of town northwest on Hwy #520 to Hwy #124 west. This short portion of highway skirts Whalley Lake, then passes Knoepfil Falls where Ahmic Lake drops back into the Magnetawan River. Make sure you stop at Knoepfli Falls with your camera or sketchbook. A little further along, Fagan's Falls also drops into the Magnetawan River just before the Village of Ahmic Harbour.
OLD GREEN HOUSE TRAILS (15 KM.) (Private Trail)
Edging along bogs, wetland, first and second growth forests. These groomed trails invite you to enjoy the birds and wildlife at its best. Follow the trails past moose pastures, deer yards, small clearings and dense thickets typical of Near North terrain. Return to a tasty meal at the Old Green House Restaurant and Lounge and tour the old museum to complete your outing. Take Hwy #520 to Hwy #124 west 12 km. to the Old Green House, just past Ahmic Harbour
For information, please call 705-387-0248
WOODLAND TRAILS (2km.) (Private Trail)
Head south of Sparks Street and west on Victoria Street to the gate of Woodland Echoes Resort. From here trail signs along wetland, beaver dams and ponds, and head on into light second growth mixed forest east of the Magnetawan River. From here, a meadow trail hugs the forest and winds back to the trailhead. Dinner available by reservation in the lodge dining room, for those who wish to finish the day in a relaxed dining atmosphere.
For information, please call 705-387-3866
FAYLAWN FARM TRAILS (1.5km) (Private Trail)
This old log skidding trail passes through second growth spruce and areas of virgin hemlock and mixed hardwoods. An easy trail for novice cross country skiers and hikers. Take Hwy 520 west out of the Village of Magnetawan and turn left on Jackson Road. Watch for Faylawn Farm sign on the right.
For information, please call 705-387-4342.