Day Trip Itinerary: Arrowhead Provincial Park (3.5hrs)
It might be famous for its winter ice skating trail but this charming family-friendly park just 10 minutes from Deerhurst is could be called “Algonquin Lite” in the summer time. Tailor made for families, it offers 15 km of hiking trails, two small lakes and access to the winding Big East River which boasts awesome 30 metre high sand bluffs and sandy bends that form natural beaches at almost every curve. A kayaker’s dream!
Cost: $17 day use park pass required + canoe or kayak rental if needed
Distance: Direct approx. 10 minutes
How to get there: Out of Deerhurst turn left on Hwy 60, then right on Muskoka Rd 3, then right on Arrowhead Rd.
What to bring: Water, snacks, proper walking shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, camera
Hike the 2km Stubb’s Falls Trail (1hr)
An easy excursion through the woods with waterfalls where the Little East River rushes down a rock chute. Another interesting hike is the moderately rugged Homesteader’s Trail (3km) which winds past remnant fields of a homestead site dating back to the 1870s.
Paddle by 30 Meter High Sand Bluffs (1-2hrs)
Rent a canoe or kayaks for a paddle around Arrowhead Lake or the meandering Little and Big East Rivers which twist and turn with sandy beaches at almost every curve. The ‘big bend’ section of the river is walled by massive sand cliffs that make you feel like you’re in a National Geographic photo. Afterward, get refreshed with a swim at the beach.
You May Also Be Interested in:
Dyer Memorial, Williamsport Rd, off of Muskoka Rd. 3 (7km)
Just when you think you’ve reached the middle of nowhere, the woods open onto a remarkable 42 ft. monument surrounded by gardens, built in 1956 to honour the passing of a dearly beloved wife. Its peaceful quietude is matched only by its solemn beauty, a testament to enduring love.
Head back to Deerhurst – time for a refreshment on the patio!