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.

Lake Superior Therapy – The Northern Ontario Cure

Lake Superior Therapy – The Northern Ontario Cure

Northern Ontario Adventures

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Your body aches from the grind of every day life. A thousand thoughts race through your mind. Stress overtakes you, you need Lake Superior Therapy.

What is Lake Superior Therapy

lake-superior-therapy-tranquilityLake Superior Therapy is the utilization of the healing powers of the largest freshwater lake in the world. The natural freshwater of Lake Superior relieves stress, soothes aching muscles, and clears your mind. The lake, the indigenous habitants of Northern Ontario name Gitchee Gumme, is believed to have healing powers for centuries. The sheer power of the Lake Superior waves has capsized ships, reshaped landscapes and provides sanctity to thousand who benefit from the lake. Your worries are nothing for this lake to overcome. It is a force within itself.

Lake Superior has claimed many lives but has given strength to countless more. The healing powers come from the sound of the crashing waves, the warm beaches or the uninterrupted views. There is a healing power that will help you escape the stress that weighs on your soul. This is Lake Superior Therapy.

Studies have shown that the soothing sounds of birds or the running of water provides relaxation for the body. Meditation and Yoga studios will have nature and water sounds playing in the background. The sound of nature provides your body with a relaxation mechanism that triggers your brain to go to that place you hear on the audio. This is why Lake Superior Therapy is so effective. Meditation and Yoga classes cost of hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars, sitting on the shores of Lake Superior is free.

The Tranquility of Lake Superior Therapy

Are you ready to go on a Northern Ontario adventure?

Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let your imagination soar.

lake-superior-therapy-waves-splashingPicture yourself standing on a rock rising 10 feet above Lake Superior. The air is silent, all you can hear is the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below. The blue water stretches far beyond what the eyes can see. As the waves crash against the rocks, water sprays above your head. It comes from nowhere but it doesn’t scare you. You don’t blink, you get lost in the white and blue wall. As the mist from the Lake Superior waves overtakes your body, the stress begins to melt away. The stress of work, of family, of friends and of home disappears as fast as the next crash comes. This is Lake Superior Therapy.

Lake Superior has infinite healing powers. People pay thousands of dollars for Hot Stone Massages. A Hot Stone Massage is the placement of warm smooth rocks along pressure points in the back that releases tension. The warm feeling of the rocks immediately releases stress from the body. The rocks trigger points of pressure so that the tension eases, the stress melts and the frustration subsides.

Why pay hundreds or even thousands for a Hot Stone Massage when the rocky beach in Agawa Bay Campground in Lake Superior Provincial Park provides the same life easing benefits. The beach in Agawa Bay Provincial Park stretches for miles and consists of smooth rocks. Rocks that have had the powerful waters of Lake Superior crash on them for thousands of years. As the heat from the rocks releases the stress from the body, the only explanation is Lake Superior Therapy.

The Tropical Paradise of Northern Ontario

The Caribbean is known for their fine white sand beaches, for their mist from the ocean that surrounds, and for their ease of life that stress is an impossible thought. The beaches provide a stress relieving method as all cares fall by the way side. The Caribbean doesn’t compare to the tropical paradise that is Northern Ontario.

The same can be said about the beach at Pancake Bay Provincial Park.

Pancake Bay has a sand beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Even on the clearest of days, a person with the strongest eyes must squint to have any hopes of seeing the other end. As your toes dig into the sand, your eyes close and a gentle breeze off Gitchee Gumme surrounds you. Time stops. You could be on a remote tropical island, a Caribbean paradise but you are not there, you are in Northern Ontario. You are under the spell of Lake Superior Therapy.

Are you ready for another Northern Ontario adventure?

Close your eyes as you are taken to the warm sandy because on the shores of Lake Superior. A warm breeze rises from the waters of Pancake Bay. Your feet dig into the beach further, the sand separates your toes. As your body releases tension from the warm sand, you stand up and begin to run towards the water. As you enter Lake Superior, the water splashes beside you each time your foot penetrates the water. The water is cool, Lake Superior is always cool, but it has no effect on you. You take your sixth step then jump forward, your hands joining outstretched above your head, and Lake Superior swallows you whole. You succumb to the cool waters of Lake Superior. Your body no longer aches underwater, headaches are gone, tensions relapses and your worries are no longer. The therapy solves all of life’s problems.

Stop and Enjoy the Views of Lake Superior

ontario-sleeping-giant-provincial-park-thunder-bay-lookoutFrom Sault Ste Marie to Thunder Bay and all points in between there is an amazing view to be witnessed of Lake Superior. Whether you are climbing the trail at Old Woman’s Bay or hiking in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, the views are breathtaking.

As you stand there in awe at the beauty of Lake Superior, nothing else matters. Your cell phone stays in your pocket, a symbol of today’s technological driven world takes a backseat to the primitive nature of Northern Ontario.

For thousands of years, men and women of all backgrounds have used the power of Lake Superior to overcome the demons that lie within them. The demons of stress, tension, body aches, and everything else that prevents you from being your best.

Save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars and go enjoy some Lake Superior Therapy.