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Casque Isles Trail

Visiting Attractions Casque Isles Trail
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The 10th Best Trail to Hike in All of Ontario!

As Ranked by Explore Magazine!

 

The Casque Isles Trail is a signed and groomed trail that offers incredible vista views of Lake Superior North Shore for hikers to enjoy!
The trail begins in Rossport, passes through Schreiber and concludes in Terrace Bay, for a total length of 53 km. The trail follows the shoreline of Lake Superior, hopping from bay to bay, and is divided into five segments, each with its own unique wilderness experience and access point to Ontario Highway 17. Each segment varies in hiking time and difficulty, so that both the advanced or amateur hikers alike can admire the region’s beauty.
The Casque Isles Trail is part of the Voyageur Hiking Trail, an association of trails between Thunder Bay and Sudbury, including the trails in Pukaskwa National Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park; all of these trails, including the Casque Isles Trail, are officially part of “The Great Trail!”
There are two excellent guides on the Casque Isles Trail:
  • The Voyageur Trail Association (VTA) Trail Guide (2014 Ed.) has maps and information detailing the trail, and;
  • the Casque Isles Hiking Trail Brochure, published by the Casque Isles Hiking Club.
Both of these superb resources can be found at the Tourism Information Centre or the VTA Store.
The Casque Isles Hiking Club (Facebook Page), a local organization that maintains and hikes the trails regularly, organizes guided hikes, trailblazing parties and general meetings to discuss ideas and events for the trail. If you would like more information about the club or the Casque Isles Hiking Trail, please contact: Matt Borutski at +1 (807) 229-6454 or call the Terrace Bay Tourism Information Centre at +1 (807) 825-3315 (from May to September). A schedule of group hiking dates for the summer season can be made available upon request.
For a more in-depth and personal experience on the Casque Isles Trail, feel free to check out “Tackling the Casque Isles Trail” by Claire DeLong.

 

Casque Isles Trail
Casque Isles Trail Parks Canada
Casque Isles Trail
Casque Isles Hiking Club
Courtesy: Parks Canada
Courtesy: Casque Isles Hiking Club
Casque Isles Trail
Casque Isles Hiking Club
Casque Isles Trail Parks Canada
Casque Isles Trail Parks Canada
Courtesy: Casque Isles Hiking Club
Courtesy: Parks Canada
Courtesy: Parks Canada

 

Casque Isles Trail Maps & Guides

 

History of the Casque Isles Trail

In 1975, an energetic group of locals, including Tom McGrath, set out to create the Casque Isles section of the Voyageur Trail. The Trail’s name was inspired by Dr. John J. Bigsby, a physician, geologist and member of the British commission in Upper and Lower Canada, who wrote about Lake Superior’s north shore from atop Pic Island in 1823.
“As I turned towards the land, tall casque-shaped islands were seen here and there, full of sinuosities and overlooked by pleasingly grouped hills of conical or waved outline from 600 to 800 feet. I was well repaid for the trouble of the ascent.”
Today, the Casque Isles Trail is well signed, groomed and offers many “unofficial” campsites to accommodate visitors who wish to share in Lake Superior’s majestic, beautiful and rugged backdrop.