HIKING

Burns Trail

Length:  7.5 km (4.7 mi)

Difficulty: easy

Time: six hours (to walk the length to portage and return)

Trail condition:  clear and easy to follow

Location:  Between W.J.B. Greenwood Provincial Park and Anima Nipissing Lake

Access: Follow Anima Nipissing Road (three kilometres south of Latchford) west for 1.5 kilometres (0.93 miles). Turn right onto Greenwood Park Road and follow about 200 metres. Burns Trail is on the left. (Road continues into park but is extremely rough.)

Topo map (1:50,000): Cobalt 31 M/5

   INDEX:  Hiking trail maps

The Burns Trail crosses an area that contains one of Temagami's largest, and lesser-known, concentrations of old-growth white pine. Despite the presence of these old trees, portions of the area were logged as early as 1906 by the Gillies Brothers, making it one of the oldest logging areas in Temagami. 

The trail was originally an old logging tote road, once known as the Burns Road, and crosses the site of a 1906-era Gillies Bros. dump camp at the mouth of Gilchrist Creek. Here logs from winter operations were dumped on the ice, waiting for the spring drive, then floated down the Montreal River and down the Ottawa. Lots of evidence of former logging can be seen along the trail if one watches carefully. 

The west end of the trail ends at the portages between Anima Nipissing and Bay lakes. The Upper Portage, the primary portage today, was also an old logging tote road.

The Burns was re-opened in 2001 by Gord Lomax, Mac Hamilton and Stewart Rice.

LAST UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 

 

   Home   Rupert Battle   Rupert River   Temagami   Che-Mun

    Forum   Crees   Camps   Canoes   Keewaydin Way   Search   About   Contact Us

Maps and information herein are not intended for navigational use, and are not represented to be correct in every respect. 
All pages intended for reference use only, and all pages are subject to change with new information and without notice. 
The author/publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for use of the information on these pages. 
Wilderness travel and canoeing possess inherent risk. 
 It is the sole responsibility of the paddler and outdoor traveler to determine whether he/she is qualified for these activities.
Copyright  2000-2014 Brian Back.  All rights reserved.
We do not endorse and are not responsible for the content of any linked document on an external site.