Address: View on map Narrow Hills Provincial Park Location: Narrow Hills Provincial Park, access from Hwy 106 N of Smeaton or Hwy 120 N of Meath Park.
An abundance of trails are available in the Narrow Hills Provincial Park area, including those for hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, ATVing and snowmobiling.The Narrow Hills Scenic Drive is an interpretive trail that is open to mountain bikers, hikers and snowmobilers; however, it is also open to vehicles, so please use caution when travelling this trail. The Scenic Drive trail features several curves, breathtaking views of the boreal forest and the area's many lakes, and a museum that was once a former park Ranger Station.The provincial park also boasts more than 200km of high quality, groomed snowmobile trails that feature a gas station and warm-up shelters for trail users. Although hikers and mountain bikers are welcome to use these trails, visitors should watch out for water covered areas in the spring, summer and fall that may be difficult to cross at times, depending on the trail user's experience and fitness level.Hikers will also enjoy travelling along the Island Lake Hiking Trail and the Gem Lakes Hiking Trails, which are both roughly 6km long. The Island Lake trail is a fairly easy trail to follow as it is wider and features a sandy terrain. This area features an abundance of black spruce and jackpine trees and is a great place to see moose and deer that frequent the area. Meanwhile, the Gem Lakes interpretive trails are designed for more advanced hikers as there are some challenging, steeper sections you’ll need to climb. The trip will be worth it, though, as users will be treated to picturesque scenery, have the opportunity to spend the night at some wilderness campsites along the trail, and will likely encounter some of the wildlife and bird species that call the park home, including beavers and black bears.Within the park alone there are 25 bodies of water and dozens more surround the park, making it an ideal location for canoe and kayak adventures. There are also a series of remote trails that wind in and around the waterways (both in and outside of the park; many of which are unmaintained) that provide excellent ATV opportunities.Also located outside the park is the Esker Trail that joins Lower Fishing Lake to Mackay Lake and a couple of campsites at Grace Lakes. This trail is not well maintained and is only intended for advanced hikers. Guided tours of this trail are available through local outfitter organizations.Visitors should bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, proper footwear and clothing, and GPS equipment or a compass with them when travelling the trails. Visitors are also asked to use caution and respect the wildlife in the area.
Open Year Round
Park amenities include: boat launches, beach, fishing, picnic sites, swimming, boating, accommodations, restaurants, gas station, boat rentals, convenience store.
- Length : Over 210km
- Difficulty : Beginner to advanced
- Surface : Natural and sandy terrain, as well as groomed snowmobile trails
- Environment : Mid-Boreal Uplands - black spruce, jack pine, moss and lichen, spectacular lake views, winding roads, steep inclines
- Mountain biking