|In order to save this stand, 344 protesters were arrested while blockading the Red Squirrel Logging Rd. in 1989. It is widely accepted as the largest old-growth white and red pine forest remaining in the world. It is certainly among the most beautiful and wild.
|Park Name: Obabika River Provincial Park|
|Size: 2400 ha|
|Age of oldest known trees: 390 years|
|Forest Type: White Pine and Red Pine|
|Conservation Status: Protected|
|Land Use Designation: Provincial Park
The old growth stands are included within the Obabika River Proviincial Park
|The trails lead past old-growth trees, and to dramatic views from the cliffs along the south shore of Chee-Skon-Abikong Lake, also known as Shish Kong Lake. The area is sacred to local native people, so please be respectful. You may find yourself passing offerings of feathers and colourful cloths, which only makes the experience more rich and meaningful. The forest you walk through when you first start up the trail is a roughly 200 year old red pine forest, though the trees aren't all that large in diameter. If you take the first trail to the right you'll cross a stream and start climbing a steep escarpment to some great viewpoints. Near the stream and continuing up the hill, you'll see a number of large old white pines that likely started to grow before 1700 AD. The hilltop is more influenced by fire, but still has old growth pine. If, instead of crossing the stream, you continue to the left around the west side of Chee-Skon Lake, first you'll go past a group of pine trees called the Three Sisters, and then continue up the hill to a view of the Spirit Rock, a column of rock that stands out from the cliff. If you continue on and take the trail to the left for a few minutes you'll descend into a valley with a nice old white pine that has a huge fire scar - this tree started growing around the time of Champlain. Allow a full day, or even two, to really enjoy the Obabika Forest.|
Google Map Link: www.google.com/maps/place/47.13200,-80.28600
Other Maps: Directions: This forest is at the north end of Obabika Lake, and its trails are accessible only by water. The trail-head is near the large campsite at the very north-east tip of Obabika Lake (47.132 Lat, -80.286 Long).