The rugged and varied landscape of Northern Ontario was created by fire and shaped by ice. The granite of the Canadian Shield was formed 2.7 billion years ago and is characterized by volcanic rock formations and thin soil. While the rock is ancient, the watersheds are young in comparison, having been formed by melting glaciers only 10,000 years ago.
With challenging topography and thick forest cover, the area is ideal for hiking. Within protected areas are iconic trails, such as the Height of Land Trail in Wakami Lake Provincial Park, the Coastal Trail in Pukaskwa National Park and La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Killarney Provincial Park. Other Trail systems that are well-maintained and marked include the Vernon Nature Trails near Kenora, Casque Isles Trail on the north shore of Lake Superior, and Voyageur Hiking Trail in Algoma Region. All the these trails will take you to spectacular views - some that inspired the iconic paintings of the Group of Seven.