Frontenac Provincial Park

Frontenac Provincial Park, Verona: Address, Phone Number, Frontenac Provincial Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Frontenac Provincial Park
4.5
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LRomanus
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
Very nice hiking trail
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Frontenac provincial park is a must see place, all season. Must reserve up to 3 or 5 days just for hiking
Written April 5, 2021
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elgoogsix
Ottawa, Canada40 contributions
Great park to hike.
Sep. 2020
We hike Frontenac every year, and this year we’re doing the the Frontenac Trek challenge. The trails are so beautiful and vary in ease or difficulty. We’ve also kayaked some of the lakes. The peace and quiet is glorious and autumn offers a riot of gorgeous Canadian colours. We make sure to go a few days after a heavy rainfall so mud holes have dried up some but it’s adventurous going around them regardless. Our one complaint is the poor signage. Signs indicate campsite locations, but not distance, nor the name of the particular loop you’re on or looking for. Make sure you always bring a Park map.
Written September 7, 2020
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kusemk
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
Fair trail for an hour or two
Jul. 2020
Trail was just OK. The signs are confusing as they point in both directions, which gives hard time esp especially if somehow you go out of the way
Written July 28, 2020
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EasternOntario
eastern101 contributions
Quiet hike
Jun. 2020 • Family
Headed up for a hike this week at Frontenac Park. They have very easy trails and boardwalks near the park office and toilets open. We went for a hike further into park and walked back on a park road for less difficult walk back. Lovely quiet day.
Written June 4, 2020
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Curious traveller
Vancouver, Canada143 contributions
An unbelievable day
Aug. 2019 • Family
We had a spare day and drove less than an hour outside of Kingston to visit Frontenac provincial park. Arriving around 8:30 AM we went to the Parks office to get a map and permit and did an amazing hike for several hours through beautiful forest. We came across many picturesque lakes and Beaver dams. Even on a long weekend we saw no one on the trail.
We went on to rent kayaks and canoes but even if you only have 1/2 day a visit to Frontenac Provincial Park is worth it.
Written September 1, 2019
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Heidi Csernak
Ontario, Canada996 contributions
Beautiful in the wintertime
Mar. 2018 • Couples
We walked the Arab Lake Gorge Trail - a walk along a boardwalk through the gorge and wetlands area, then you make your way up to the ridge for the return hike. It was our first time, and we vowed to return.

I can't wait to see the park for spring flowers, again in summer's full glory and a last time for the colour changes in fall. And next time we'll explore more of the 11km looping trails in the park.
Written February 5, 2019
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DawgSitter
Ottawa, Canada63 contributions
Frontenac Challenge - Each hike is a true walk in nature
Oct. 2018 • Solo
I participated in the Fall Frontenac Challenge - in completing the 11 loops I had the chance to see portions of the park that I had not seen before. The Park is a place of true beauty. Peaceful, quiet, with visits from various wildlife. I had short visits with other hikers, campers and canoes. All were enjoying the tranquil, laidback pace that nature offers. In meeting staff from the Park I had only positive experiences. They treat you with the utmost respect and truly make you feel welcome.
Written October 24, 2018
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Jos L
1 contribution
Frontenac - the gem of the 613!
Jun. 2018 • Friends
As soon as I arrived and checked in with the park staff, I turned around and was greeted by a white-tail deer. Right then, I realized this park was something else.

I had done a little research before booking. I wanted a park that was easy to drive to, had backcountry that was hike-able and interesting features. Frontenac check off all of those and more.

Frontenac is one of the few parks within 2hours of Toronto that offers hiking and canoeing options. More over, it offers a combination of the two with some interesting portage routes. Not being a canoer, that doesn't interest me much, but I appreciate the option.

Being a hiker, I like the interesting waypoints and lookouts this park offers. There's the Mink Lake lookout; the Clear Lake lookout; various ruins and abandoned homesteads; plus much more. As someone who feels gross after a few sweaty hours of hiking, the easily accessed waters of the various lakes provide ample water sources and easy cool-downs. Most lakes are clear to a depth of 6-10feet and appear to have minimal tannins. This is key as it means your water purification will be generally easier.

For my visit, my hiking partner and I did the Big Salmon Lake loop. I would consider the two sides of the lake as entirely different routes. The South side of the loop has a few steep and narrow sections, giving it a moderate to intermediate feel. The north side is touch easier to navigate, with a large stretch of it being nice and wide - great for group hiking.

Regardless of where you are in the park, you'll need to definitely bring a few things for your enjoyment.
1) DEET/Icaridin bug spray
2) Deer fly patches
3) Gaiters
The bugs can be vicious and persistent at this park. And because of narrow trails and brush, gaiters are a necessity for scrub, shrubs and bugs (particularly ticks!).
Written June 21, 2018
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JPSpessot
Ottawa, Canada34 contributions
Fabulous Nature so close to urban centres
Sep. 2017 • Couples
We enjoyed a two-night trekking experience here for the first time. Very scenic trails; terrain varies from easy to moderately challenging for the trails we covered. The sites at camp cluster #6 are charming and picturesque. All camp sites are well laid-out: fire pit with grill that flips out, a flat tent pad and a metal box for food storage, as well as a privy for the cluster. We went during the week and didn't see too many other people. Trails are easy enough to follow and water is clear and easily obtained (should be filtered though). There are many trails in the park and some are very rugged, but offer beautiful vistas. Many people come here for just a day of hiking.
Written October 24, 2017
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4CRM
Merrickville, Canada92 contributions
Up amongst the pines
Jul. 2017 • Friends
Frontenac Provincial Park is a stones throw from Kingston and a great drive from Ottawa. Staff are attentive and caring for Mother Nature in a way designed to help the human element impact the natural with little impact. I travelled in with a friend and we decided to do a short midweek adventure via Mitchell's Creek into Birch Lake because the paddle from put in to campsite was a short 45 minutes on flat meandering water. This stretch of water has some small motor boat traffic as well as fishermen head out to their favourite catch points but they are very courteous when encountering two in canoe and make sure the wake effect is minimal. My friend brought a simple yet unique stove that would burn most anything picked up off the forest floor. It produced a tiny bit of ash after t so days which proved its worth designed to reborn the gas from the first to last. Hot water for a morning cup or doing the dishes and no gas to portage. A privy served four campsites and came complete with much more than your usual boom box set in the woods. This was a prefab, complete with door and amazing, four well stocked TP dispensers. Again the staff of Frontenac get a high five from this seasoned backwoods traveller.
Easy paddles, well brushed out trails, self serve firewood the caveat being nothing green. Clear, clean water and fish jumping or loons announcing their presence. Frontenac has introduced an amazing innovative device to make your back woods experience even more advanced into this low tech world. Steel, lockable, Food stores at each campsite. Another high five to Frontenac!
No more trying to hang the kitchen from the trees.
Amongst all your gear pack in a good first aid kit. Wear your life jacket when paddling and swim with a buddy. Have a great summer and keep your gear dry by using a barrel or a dry bag.
Sachmos rendition of summer time is running through my head while I write and the line "where the living is easy" brings a smile. Thank you Frontenac, may we all have a safe, happy, summer.
Written July 11, 2017
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