Casque Isles Trail

Casque Isles Trail, Terrace Bay: Hours, Address, Casque Isles Trail Reviews: 5/5

Casque Isles Trail
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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7 reviews
Very good

Taylor P
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Lyda 6km Segment - Amazing!
Sep. 2019
We just completed the Lyda 6km segment today. We left a vehicle at the Aguasabon park access point (A11) and then took another vehicle and left it at the south hydro road access point (A9). The views and lookouts were amazing, we travelled along a lot of bays as well. Definitely wear proper footwear, there were some wet areas on the trail and very steeps parts. It took us just over 3 hours at a good pace with shorts stops for snacks and lookouts.
Written September 1, 2019
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Mohammad N
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Experienced Hikers Should Come Here First!
May 2018 • Friends
After years of hiking day hikes, multi-day hikes, short hikes, and more in the Northwest of Ontario, I have to say, do this hike! The Casque Isles hike is how hikers should acquaint themselves with the beauty of Northwestern Ontario and especially Lake Superior. Even after three years in a row, I haven't grown tired of doing the entire 53km from Rossport to Terrace Bay. For that hike, I would recommend that a hiker be experienced and in fairly good physical shape but even hikers who are less experienced can enjoy portions of the Casque Isles trail. The beaches on the Lyda Bay section are definitely a must see for any travelers taking Trans-Canada Highway 17.

The trail is crosses marsh, hills, boulders, glacial deposits, and beaches, sometimes all in one day. Apart from that, I have yet to see a large animal but have repeatedly noticed tracks for wolves and moose in portions of the trail. Knowing the environmental hazards, and that the trail is volunteer maintained, I would suggest that hikers never travel alone and avoid some sections in adverse weather. Those disclaimers (challenges!) aside, anyone who enjoys hiking in the outdoors and is in Northwestern Ontario, you will not regret doing this trail on a sunny day.
Written May 22, 2018
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Kim M
Kenora, Canada245 contributions
Only did a small section but can't wait to do more
Sep. 2017 • Couples
This is a must do for hiking enthusiasts whether you tackle the whole 53 km as a multi day hike or do some day hikes off the many great access points. We did a section from the Rainbow Falls Provincial Park as well as a section from Screiber Beach but there are access points in Rossport and Terrrace Bay as well. There is great signage at the access points as well as along the trail. The trail is rugged but so beautiful with views of Lake Superior, varied terrain and vegetation. Hats off to the developers of this trail and whoever is keeping it in such great condition.
Written September 8, 2017
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Chris D
2 contributions
Phenomenal hike on the north shore of Lake Superior!
Aug. 2017 • Family
The Casque Isle Trail is a premier hiking destination on the north shore of Lake Superior! There are many segments that have varying levels of difficulty. Bust the Facebook site: casque isles trail or visit hike to see pictures and maps.
Written August 29, 2017
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Thunder Bay, Canada177 contributions
A Fantastic Trail
Jun. 2016 • Solo
In June 2016, I completed the Casque Isles Trail, the total length of the trail is 55 km, my trail mileage was significantly higher considering I looped two segments. Although some suggest that the trail is best completed in a linear fashion over several days, I decided to do it in segments over several weeks (note Worthington Bay Road should only be accessed by 4x4 or by mountain bike). The segment approach in my opinion, is much better, since it allows one to customize one’s hiking preferences by selecting certain portions of the trail according to weather conditions, preferences, and transportation availability, while still enjoying regional amenities.
The trail was hiked in ideal conditions, sunny and cool, and more challenging situation, wet and foggy, to hot and humid, and while these conditions, may have affected my perceptions of some segments of the trail, I have tried to keep them into account. Another aspect of the trail that needs to be discussed is the signage and grooming. Understanding that the trail is managed by a volunteer group, none of the segments can be defined as “easy”, with each trail segment having challenging portions, requiring good footwear and hiking gear, and an eyes for signage. Indeed, signage in certain segments of the trail is virtually non-existent, including at some transition points. The trail is also quite overgrown at certain sections, making all hiking activities somewhat challenging. Despite these challenges, the trail offers some spectacular vistas and other rewarding opportunities, and should be actively promoted in regional tourism strategies.

The following are my preferences, in descending order:
1. Death Valley – the most difficulty and technical portion of the trail, offering some amazing scenery. During this portion of the hiking trail one’s feet may get wet and you will at truck to access Worthington Road (which is in poor shape). I would only take experience hikers on this portion of the trail. Allow five to six hours.
2. Lyda Bay – easily accessible, Lyda Bay provides some fantastic scenery (i.e., the Lyda Bay Lookout) and access to various beaches located along Lake Superior. The trail can be done in a linear fashion with two vehicles at each access point, or as a loop. Although the trail is generally easy, there are some difficult sections. Allow three to four hours.
3. MacLean’s – easily accessible from Rossport, this portion of the trail is probably the most overlooked but in my opinion should not be, since it provides amazing hiking opportunities in various terrains, and spectacular panoramic views of Lake Superior. On a beautiful clear day, the vista is mesmerizing. The Rossport Heights section is the much more scenic portion of the trail and could be done as a return loop (starting and ending in Rossport). Allow for four to five hours. Large portions of this trail especially during the MacLean’s Heights section are poorly groomed and signed.
4. Schreiber Channel – providing some good vantage points, lake access, and some interesting geological features, this portion of the trail was one of my least favourite, this was mostly due to a large part of it being inland and poorly groomed.
5. Mount Gwynne – most people it would appear, hike or drive (with ATVs) to the lookout point and return. I did Mount Gwynn on a very wet and rainy day, and found certain segments of the trail poorly groomed (virtually non-existent might be a better way to describe it) and poorly signed. Certain portions of the trail are also located near a lake and could be best described as boggy and wet.

If I was leading a group of visitors, I would take the non-experienced to Lyda Bay, individuals with some experience would do a portion of the Maclean’s, while the most experienced doing Death Valley.
Written August 12, 2016
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Ottawa, Canada195 contributions
Challenging but scenic
Jun. 2016 • Solo
rugged coastal trail with access points in Terrace Bay. Not for those who are not physically fit as it can be rugged and slippery. Great views with a chance to have face to face encounters with Lynx, Bear, Wolf and various other less daunting wildlife. Keep dogs on leash, make lots of noise to alert the bears to your presence and carry bear spray. Lots of bears but no incidents of conflict with hikers in years.
Written June 22, 2016
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Kingston, Canada439 contributions
Amazing Beauty!
Jun. 2015 • Couples
There is a 53 km trail from Terrace Bay to Screiber and more! Pulled off several times seeing this trail. There is so much beauty overlooking Lake Superior! You come out onto the Beach at Terrace Bay and a beautiful majestic waterfalls! Oh how we enjoyed this stop!
Written June 1, 2015
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