Lake Superior Provincial Park and its Colossal Beauty
Lake Superior Provincial Park is located on the north east side of Lake Superior. It is a beautiful park with spectacular scenery, rugged shorelines, pebbled beaches, cliffs and enchanting forests, rivers and lakes. Lake Superior is like an inland sea. It is so huge, it has its own weather system. Lake Superior Provincial Park is a great place to experience its colossal beauty and power .
We have made the journey to the park 4 times and have always had an amazing time and always have a hard time leaving. We visited it in late June as summer was just getting started. We visited it in the fall twice and were amazed by the brilliant fall colours. And our most recent visit was a 5 day stay in August of 2014, where we enjoyed its mid-summer glory.
We stayed at Agawa Bay Campground in August with our campsite right on the beach. Over the 5 days, we experienced a nice variety of summer weather. We had a couple of days with high winds giving us crashing waves and bending trees. We also enjoyed calm sunny days perfect for a cool dip in the Superior. However, our favourite times were in the calm evenings with the sky full of stars. The Milky Way was in full view and we even had the Northern Lights dance for us one night.
We took advantage of some of the trails during our visit. We did Agawa Rock Trail early in the day to avoid the crowds and take advantage of the Lake under calmer conditions. It’s a short trail that travels through beautiful forest and some interesting narrow cracks through the rocks. The highlight of the trail, of course is the rock shoreline cliffs with the fascinating petroglyphs that includes abstract figures and images of real and mythical animals.
Other impressive vistas include the 200m cliffs of Old Woman Bay, Old Woman River, Agawa Beach, Baldhead River and falls, Sand River and many of the unmarked areas of the Superior Shoreline along the highway.
We wish we had more time as there were other trails and areas we would have loved to explore. But, that just means we are going to have to go back soon and continue our adventure in Lake Superior Provincial Park.
a large pebbled beach with beautiful view
Sundown at Agawa Bay
Most of the people leave the beach after the sun goes down and miss the best light.
Sunset at Agawa Bay
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. It’s going to be a nice day tomorrow.
Agawa Bay Campground
Campsite with a view
The shoreline on Lake Superior
can be very rugged and natural.
Starry Night on Superior
with a glow of the Aurora Borealis. It’s hard to get an image without a satellite or plane streaking across.
Agawa Rock Trail
passes through an enchanting forest including a narrow path with walls of shear rock.
Agawa Rock Paintings
can be seen but only when the lake is calm. The petroglyphs are among the most famous in Canada.
Juvenile Magnolia Warblers
is among the many variety of birds that make the park their summer home.
The Milky Way
dominates the sky on clear nights. The 180 degree view at Agawa Bay allows for some great stargazing.
Rabbit Blanket Lake
on a sunny day in mid September with the fall colours.
Old Woman River
can be quite shallow in the fall, but very scenic with the colours along the shoreline.
Authors: Tony & Kathy deGroot
We are amateur naturalists and nature photographers. We love the outdoors, camping, canoeing & hiking. Our adventures and photography can be seen on our website, Adventures in Photography at www.tonydegroot.com.
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