For campers the best part of taking a road trip through Ontario towards northern Quebec is camping along the way.
We leave Toronto on a Saturday morning and after 400km on the road we stop to take a break and spend a night at Marten River Provincial Park.
It’s been a rainy afternoon – but like much of the province, the park is under a fire ban. The park is quiet, until the thunderous roar of a (seaplane) taking off on the lake.
The next day we hit the road and continue driving north on highway 11, making our way to the city of Temiskaming Shores for a quick
stop before crossing over into Quebec. As we drive north east we’re surrounded by vast farm fields, the landscape changes yet it isn’t as
rugged as we had expected. After a 4 hour drive we approach the park surrounded by winding hills and country roads we arrive at Aiguebelle National Park.
Aiguebelle National Park is nestled between rural farmland, an hour from Rouyn Noranda. After an hour driving you reach what feels like the end
of civilization and enter the park grounds. It’s an abrupt end, the landscape changes immediately
as through you’ve entered into another realm surrounded by tall dense forests.
Following the roads through the woods the Abjevis campground is 3km from the entrance of the park.
The campground feels like a campers community bundled together in the woods. After a long day in the car, a swim in Lac Matissard is well deserved.
Aiguebelle offers over 260 sq km of park, we take a 30 minute drive from the Abjevis sites to the
northern end of the park to see the northern Obijua campground. It was a windy and desolate drive with no one in sight.
With a summer heatwave upon us we wake up early and head to the hike on the La Traverse trail was an uphill climb to the suspension bridge.
The area is surrounded by stunning views over the northern Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and Lac La Haie.
The trail somehow ends up feeling like it’s uphill both ways, an exhausting feet on such a hot day.