Victoria Day Long Weekend, perfect opportunity to get outside. Marten River Provincial Park is on Hwy 11 about 60 km north of North Bay. It is within about four to five hours from Mississauga, a reasonable distance for a quiet long weekend getaway.
|GPS Coordinates for Marten River Provincial Park are N46 43.9976 W79 48.1216|
and the link on Google Maps
For the Off Road Enthusiasts, there are several Forest Service Roads in the area.
|Marten River is mostly Crown Land (Policy ID: E154r) and belongs to the North Bay District. Consult the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas from the Ministry of Natural Resources for current information. Provincial Parks are regulated by a different Policy ID. Be aware, there is usually no cell phone connection.|
We returned to the Park in spring 2018 to explore the Finlayson Lake, just south of the park.
The Marten River
Marten River Historical Logging Camp
The Logging Camp has several buildings. These buildings are made of round timber and equipped with tools from the the old days.
|Take your time and read the description. The buildings and tools are all documented.
The one below with the wheels is actually a break.
Rabbit Lake Road and Area
The Rabbit Lake Road is one of the bigger road off the 11. About 22km north of the Provincial Park, the raod connect to the Rabbit Lake. This seems to be a popular lake for fishing if the boats and parked cars are an indication.
The road to the Rabbit Lake is in good condition and numerous side roads in various conditions connect to other places and lakes. There are no signs for directions and maps or GPS devices are not very helpful.
There is always something to see along the way.
Not always very pleasing to leave the Jeep - we got drenched at times.
|Some places just need a little bit of hands-on to get through.
And sometimes the lakes just don't drain fast enough and flood the road.
Some impressions from our trip. Wet ones ...
... and sunny ones. It did not always rain.
Peace and quiet before dusk.
A beautiful display of the Canadian Shield. There is a rock plate under all the trees. Sometimes they lay bare, very impressive formations.
Signs of wildlife
We came across these ducks and watched them for a while. Not all the birds are that easily spotted.
It is almost impossible to miss the dams. Beavers are everywhere. When you find a dam and an active beaver house, be there at dawn or very early in the morning. There is a good chance you'll see them in action.
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First published on May 19, 2017