|The Voyageur Trail|
|This is an uneven-aged rainforest with rare mosses and lichens that are sometimes more typical of west coast rainforests than Ontario.
|Park Name: Michipicoten Post Provincial Park, Lake Superior Provincial|
|Size: 0 ha|
|Age of oldest known trees: 200 years|
|Forest Type: Mixed Hardwoods|
|Conservation Status: Partly Protected|
|Land Use Designation: Provincial Park
Much of the old-growth forest is located between Michipicoten Post Provincial Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park
|Some of the older trees found here are the white birches, which are often over 200 years old - but you'd never know it if you weren't looking for them. These old trees are not much bigger than their younger neighbours, but their bark and branches give them away. The Trail follows the stream, crosses a beaver dam at the top of the hill, and then continues along the shoreline of Lake Superior. Soon after you cross the beaver dam you'll walk through a narrow cleft of rock about two metres deep. Within his rock cut are species of mosses, which have only been found here and in British Columbia. A short distance further, you'll come to a fabulous view of Driftwood Beach and Lake Superior. You can continue beyond here for several hours. When you descend near the shore of Lake Superior, keep your eyes open for large old cedar trees.|
Google Map Link: www.google.com/maps/place/47.91600,-84.83300
Other Maps: Directions: The Voyageur Trail starts near Driftwood Beach, between Lake Superior Provincial Park and Wawa. To reach the trail-head from Hwy. 17, find the turnoff for Fort Rd., an unmarked lane about 1.3 km south-east of the Michipicoten River (the turnoff is at 47.912 Lat, -84.813 Long) that heads east towards Lake Superior. Drive down this rough dirt road for a few minutes and you�ll come to an abandoned theme park once called Fort Friendship, which was inspired by a French trading post that operated nearby from the early 1700s until it was abandoned by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1904. The trail-head is on the left side of the road (opposite the Fort) and is clearly marked with a sign. For a longer, less obvious route, continue to Driftwood Beach where you can link up to the Trail by walking to the south end of the Beach until you reach a trail that goes into the woods. The two trails link up (at 47.916 Lat, -84.833 Long) and follow a small cascading stream uphill.