Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
|Location:||Pass Lake, Ontario|
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks
On the southern tip of this rugged peninsula near Thunder Bay lies the legendary Sleeping Giant. Venture deep into its boreal forests to experience the backcountry, or follow its rugged trails to the top of the giant for unbeatable views of Lake Superior. Look for deer, moose and other large mammals in the park’s vast forests and lowlands. Whether you are hiking along lush green paths or gliding over snowy trails, the beauty of this park will leave you spellbound.
Visit the Friends of Sleeping Giant website
Marie Louise Lake Campground has 200 sites in the main campground. Eighty-five have electrical service. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. Two comfort stations have flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities.
Picnics and Day Use
Day visitors can swim at the beach, launch their boat, have a picnic or play basketball at Mary Louise Lake.
Electric Sites - 85
Sleeping Giant has three group camping sites, one of which is divided into two. All three have water on site, are in close proximity to both toilets and the comfort station. All are on the shore of Mary Louise Lake, and within a three minute walk of the playground. The larger site will accommodate up to 100 people, the smaller, up to 25. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (807) 977-2526.
Visitor Centre -Located at Marie Louise Lake
Barrier Free Access
Visitor Centre, showers, group camping, flush toilets, Plantain Lane Trail
West Wind Store, operated by Friends of Sleeping Giant books, sells maps, souvenirs, firewood and ice and rents canoes and kayaks.
Showers - Yes, in the two comfort stations
Flush Toilets - Yes, in the two comfort stations
Laundromat - Yes, in the two comfort stations
Play Area - Yes, at two spots along the beach
Boat Launch - Yes, at Marie Louise Lake Campground
Rentals - Canoes, kayaks, trailer storage
The park headquarters and campground at Marie Louise Lake are open from mid-May to mid-October and again from early January to late March. Outside these periods, the campground is gated, barring vehicles from entering. However, visitors can use park trails all year round. There are self-registration centres at the major trailheads.
More than 64 kilometres of trails let visitors explore the historical and geological points of interest in the park. Information and of hiking and nature trails are available at the Visitor Centre in the Marie Louise Campground.
Weather conditions on and near Lake Superior are subject to sudden, sharp changes. Ensure you are prepared when hiking in the park.
Burma Trail 11.4 km linear
Great for birdwatching and spotting wildlife, this trail between Marie Louise Drive and North Scenic Drive passes through stands of mature red and white pine, by the shores of small interior lakes and over rocky outcrops
Gardner Lake Trail 4 km return
Known for its moose-viewing opportunities, this trail takes you down an old logging road to Gardner Lake.
Joe Creek Nature Trail 1.6 km return
This trail follows picturesque Joe Creek down a series of small waterfalls from Highway 587 to Lake Superior. After crossing a small footbridge, the trail returns to the highway on the other side of the creek.
Kabeyun Trail 40 km linear
Ideal for overnight backpacking trips as well as shorter, all-day hikes, this scenic coastal trail starts at Thunder Bay Lookout, rounds the tip of the peninsula - the Sleeping Giant's feet -- and ends at the trailhead at Highway 587. Beaches and coves offer respite along the route and Lake Superior is an ever deep blue presence. The section between the Sleeping Giant's feet and Lehtinen's twists and turns over the boulders of a talus slope. It is especially treacherous in wet weather.
Middlebrun Bay Trail 4.2 km linear
This trail is an easy hike to a secluded sandy beach and a fen (wetland), full of plants that grow only in this type of habitat. An extension of the trail at the end of the beach leads to Finlay Bay.
Pickerel Lake Trail 10 km linear
In the winter, this scenic trail through one of the park's impressive white pine stands is part of the network of cross-country ski trails. You can join this trail at several locations, including the parking lot at Rita Lake.
Piney Wood Hills Trail 3 km return
Winding through open mixed forest into pine-forested hilly terrain, this trail ends at a viewpoint over Joeboy Lake.
Plantain Lane Trail 0.5 km linear, barrier free
A section of the old, abandoned Silver Islet Road takes you over a small bridge on Sibley Creek. The view from the bridge is one of the park's many treasures.
Ravine Lake Trail 1.5 km return
This trail climbs steadily to two lookouts over Grassy Lake and the peninsula's south coast. It then travels down to the shore of Ravine Lake, returning through a shaded cedar grove. The descent to the lake is steep.
Sawbill Lake Trail 2.3 km linear
This trail is part of an old logging road. It provides access to the Sawyer Bay Trail from the Marie Louise Road and includes one moderately steep climb.
Sawyer Bay Trail 6 km linear
This abandoned logging road leads to Sawyer Bay at the base of the Sleeping Giant. A number of hills offer views of the Giant and abundant wild berries in season.
Sibley Creek Trail 1.7 km return
Leading you through a mixed forest to a marsh and stream section of Sibley Creek, this trail is ideal for viewing forest ecosystems and beaver dams and lodges.
Sifting Lake Trail 4 km return
Visit the quiet shores of Sifting Lake on this trail.
Talus Lake Trail 5 km linear
Known for its wildlife viewing in season, this rugged trail travels between the Sleeping Giant and Thunder Mountain, connecting the Kabeyun Trail (south) with the Sawyer Bay Trail. It takes you past three secluded lakes, a sedge meadow, spectacular cliffs, talus slopes and a small waterfall. Be careful in wet weather.
Thunder Bay Bogs Trail 0.8 km return
This trail traverses rocky terrain to the shore of a small, still lake. At interpretive stops along the way, read about glacial features and how local plants have adapted to the harsh growing conditions.
Twinpine Lake Trail 4.7 km linear
This trail connects the Burma Trail with the Kabeyun Trail and passes by picturesque Twinpine Lake. The section from the lake to the coast can often be wet, so be careful.
Wildlife Habitat Trail 2.4 km return
Weaving through an area that has been altered to create habitat for moose, this trail offers plenty of opportunity to view wildlife.
An additional 40 campsites are scattered along interior trails.
A team of naturalists conducts nature walks and arranges special events such as group campfires and interpretative trail hikes throughout the summer as well as children's programs. Watch a film or slide show under the stars at the park amphitheatre.
Fishing is best in summer for lake trout, perch, speckled trout, rainbow trout, bass, pickerel and pike.
White-tailed deer, red fox and porcupine, moose, bears, wolves and lynx roam in Sleeping Giant. The Thunder Cape Bird Observatory at the tip of the Sibley Peninsula has recorded more than 190 species of birds.
Launch your boat (maximum 10 horsepower) for a turn on Marie Louise Lake.
Swimming - Marie Louise Lake offers a sandy beach for swimming.
Cycling - Cyclists can ride on park roads.
In Partnership with the Thunder Bay Nordic Trails Association, Sleeping Giant grooms 50 km of cross-country ski trails for both classic and skate skiing. There is a trail for novice skiers and more challenging trails for advanced skiers. Each winter the park hosts the Sleeping Giant Loppet (formerly Sibley Ski Tour), northwestern Ontario's premier cross-country ski event.
Other - There is a basketball court at Marie Louise Lake.
For more information:
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Pass Lake, Ontario