The Chiniguchi Wolf Loop
The Chiniguchi Wolf Loop includes four different club trails venturing through the Wolf Lake Forest Reserve, one of Ontario's old growth forests. The Living Legacy Land Use Strategy protected approximately 2,400 hectares of Boreal Forest, including Wolf Lake. Check out the scenic lookout from the top of Wolf Mountain and view the old growth Red Pine forest and majestic lakes.
Many of the trees here are well over 200 years old! Scientists from Laurentian University took some core samples that found a 310 years old tree. Science North has a cross-section of a tree that was cut down in 1988 for an exhibit on climate change that was 240 years old. There are scars showing five fires that it survived over the life of this tree, which goes back to about 1760, that would be 30 years before the formation of Upper Canada.
Ishpatina Ridge is the highest point in Ontario and is visible from the lookout on Wolf Mountain.
Before the time of dinosaurs, a meteorite hit the Earth creating the Sudbury Basin, the second largest impact crater on Earth. The impact cracked the Earth's crust, releasing metal-rich magma. These metals helped secure the Sudbury region as one of the world's largest suppliers of nickel and copper. While riding the Chiniguchi Wolf Loop, you will ride past old and active mine sites.
Always keep an eye out for wild life! It's not uncommon to see Moose, Coyotes, Timberwolves and Northern Lynx along the Chiniguchi Wolf Loop!
Maybe it's time to do the Chiniguchi Wolf Loop!
The Cartier Moose Loop
The Cartier Moose Loop travels through the rugged and rounded rocks of the Cambrian Shield.
While traveling on the northern section of the Cartier Moose Loop it’s common to see a family of Northern Lynx living in the Boreal Forest. Lynx usually have litters of two or three and the young stay with their mother for a year.
The Northern Lynx is highly adapted for life in the northern forest. Their wide furry paws distribute its’ weight over the snow. Its’ long legs help the Lynx to move quickly through even deep powder. The tail is short so that it does not drag in the snow and the black tips of the ears and tail keep them from freezing.
The Lynx needs a large home range to find enough food for itself and can travel large distances in search of prey. When observing these majestic cats and other wild life along the Cartier Moose Loop please remember to them give lots of space.
The Cartier Moose Loop winds its’ way into the town of Cartier. In 1885 the community was known as Archer. In 1888 it was officially named Cartier after Sir George-Étienne Cartier (1814–1873) joint premier of the province of Canada with Sir John A. Macdonald from 1857 to 1862.
The loop goes through Windy Lake Provincial Park and by Fairbank Provincial Park. Although it is a long northern stretch there is enough fuel, accommodations and places to eat so you will be able to relax and enjoy the ride.
It's time to do the Cartier Moose Loop!
Rainbow Elk Loop
A new loop is the Rainbow Elk Loop that is about 325 km in length which takes you along the north shore area of District 12 through what is known as Rainbow Country.
Once higher than the Rocky Mountains, the La Cloche Mountain’s white quartzite cliffs gleam like snowy peaks from afar, in the summer too! This mountain range stretches from one end of the Rainbow Elk Loop west of Espanola east to Killarney Provincial Park.
Of interest, at the eastern end of the loop is Coniston, home town of Toe Blake, where you will see the twin stacks long before you get there! Here you can access this loop as well as the Wolf and Moose Loops.
Although the town of Killarney isn’t on the loop it is close by and accessible from the loop.
The trails on this loop cross several well staked lakes, logging and park roads, bush trails and old rail lines. The trails also follow along several scenic river systems and the Vermillion River snowmobile bridge that offer a chance for many photo opportunities. This loop provides great riding for the novice or even the most seasoned rider.
In 1998 the Plan for the Restoration of Elk in Ontario was created. Between 1998 and 2001, Elk were released in areas around the Wahnapitae River, Nipissing/French River area including the Burwash area near this loop. Watch for them on the trail! .