Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario on the Beautiful shores of Lake Superior.

The park is about an hours drive to Thunder Bay, travelling 30 minutes on both Highway 17 and Highway 587.

Looking out the peninsula from Highway 17, the hills actually look like a person laying down, hence the name Sleeping Giant. The furthest tip of the peninsula is the Giant’s feet.

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park – The Campground

With over 200 campsites, The Marie Louise Lake Campground, is the Provincial Park’s main campsite. Over half of the campground offers the convenience of electricity.

Ranging in terrain, some campsites are great for recreational vehicles, others for tents and some for those campers who want to get away from everyone.

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he interior while others are right on the shores of Lake Superior.

Group camping at Sleeping Giant can be done on one of two sites. The smaller site features electricity and accommodations of up to 25 people. The larger sites also has electricity and can fit up to 50 people.

Similar to Blue Lake Provincial Park, the Marie Louise Lake Campground offers “trailer equipped” sites. With large, fully functions trailers available, campers can enjoy a camping retreat in the comfort of a trailer. There are 3sites total.

The campground also has five cottage equipped sites that can be moved right into.

With great Northern Ontario names such as Dragon’s Mouth, Rose Pogonia, Fairy Slipper, Pink Moccasin Flower, and Coral Root, the cabins offer a little something extra.

What to Do at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park?

ontario-sleeping-giant-provincial-park-thunder-bay-lookoutNestled on the shores of Lake Superior, the views and spectacles are endless.

Taking full advantage of it’s location, the Provincial Park has well over 100 km of hiking trails.

Ranging from the short, half kilometer, Plantain Lane Trail (with one of the best views in the park from the Sibley Creek bridge) to the forty kilometer Kabeyun Trail, there is a trail for every hiker.

The Natural Heritage Education staff retell stories of mining and the area and stories of the lake known as Gitchee Gumee. With programs ranging from wildlife to vegetation, campers have the opportunity to learn about this extremely unique park.

The winter months offer some of the best cross country skiing in the Thunder Bay district in Northern Ontario. With over 50 kilometres of groomed trail, all ski levels have the opportunity to partake in this great past time.

The Sleeping Giant Loppet, both a friendly and competitive cross country skiing competion takes place on the first Saturday every March.

With trails ranging from 8 kilometers to 50, the Loppet offers a challenge for all skill levels.

Swimming in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

There is plenty of opportunities to swim all over the park as well as the main campground. Marie Louise Lake has a main swimming beach that is well marked with buoys.

Swimming in Lake Superior is also available on many parts of the Kabeyun trail. Many of the secluded bays along the hike offer the chance to have a great swim and experience some Lake Superior therapy.

Middlebrun Bay also has a great beach full of sand and is one of the more convenient beaches in the park.

Sleeping Giant is one of the most picturesque parks in Northern Ontario. A true Northern Ontario beauty from both Highway 17 as well as the views from within the park, this is one camping and hiking experience you can not miss.