ALMAGUIN HIGHLANDS

The Almaguin Higlands are home to our most adventurous trails, the Seguin Trail, the Old Bethune Trail and Settler’s Trail.  These are a selection of old rail beds and colonization roads that show the history of the region.

SEGUIN TRAIL

This 80 km section is the best known section of the Park to Park trail network.  Following the historic route of the Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway (later part of the Canada Atlantic Railway) built by J.R. Booth, this section of trail stretches from just west of Highway 400 to the Walls Junction where the trail splits.  This section of trail is one of the more adventurous segment, with a rough, dirt surfacing and the occasional puddle.  This section of trail is owned and managed by the Park to Park Trail Association.

  • Trail Head: Georgian Bay Travel Centre (Highway 400 exit 214) and Sprucedale.

  • Amenities: Food, fuel and washrooms are available at both trailheads, with direct trail access.
  • Parking: At the Georgian Bay Travel Centre, there is a large, paved parking lot with lots of room for trailers and an off-road ramp that connects the PetroCan to the trail.  In Sprucedale, food and gas are accessible on the trail.
  • Ideal Uses: ATV/UTV, Horseback, Cycling and through-hiking

THE WALLS SPLIT

East of Sprucedale and accessable by road, the Walls Split is the junction where the Seguin Trail splits into the Old Bethune Trail, continuing on the rail bed and Settler’s Trail, the historic Old Muskoka Colonization Road, which was ultimately replaced by Highway 11.

OLD BETHUNE TRAIL

This section is the continuation of the Seguin Trail past the Walls Split.  Passing under Highway 11 and traveling through the town of Kearney to the Algonquin Park boundary this section has a diversity of trail types, from retired rail bed, road and dirt track. The Old Bethune Trail is shared with our partner the Algonquin West ATV Club. This section of trail is currently is managed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

  • Trail Head: Kearney
  • Amenities: Food, fuel and washrooms are available in the Town of Kearney.
  • Parking: There is minimal parking in this section, by starting in Kearney you can park at the information centre and head either east or west on the trail from that point.
  • Ideal Uses: ATV/UTV, Horseback, Cycling and through-hiking

SETTLER’S TRAIL

Heading south, first on dirt road then on off-road trail, Settler’s Trail provides incredible views of Highway 11 and access to Huntsville.  For motorized users this is the end of the route as currently ATVs are not permitted on the roads in Muskoka. For cyclists and hikers, the trail transitions to paved municipal road about 11km from the centre of Huntsville. This section of trail is currently managed by the Park to Park Trail Association.

  • Trail Head: Old Perry Township Office.
  • Amenities: Available off the trail in communities, including Melissa and Novar. Washrooms are available at the AHIC, at Hwy 11 and Fern Glen Road.
  • Parking: Available at the Old Perry Township Office.
  • Ideal Uses: ATV/UTV, Horseback, Cycling and through-hiking