This is my favorite trail in Parry Sound. This trail was most likely made by cottagers hiking through the island. This trail can be done almost year round except when ice is just forming and melting.
Boat launch in the winter.
Park at George Hunt Memorial Boat Launch. There is free daily parking here. Overnight parking is restricted to residents of McDougall Township. From here there is a 250 meter paddle to a cairn on the other side. (hike over the ice in the winter)
Cairn on the other side of Barry’s Channel.
From here follow the white blazers on the trees or cairns.
Cairns about 150 m into the hike.
White blazers marking part of the way.
At the end of the hike you are rewarded with a beautiful view of Huckleberry Island.
View from the top in the winter.
Here is a short little video from the lookout point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTZE-xcjiKc
After the lookout there is a little trail to the left that will bring you to an amazing beach (Pirates Cove). Camping is prohibited on the beach and within 100 meters of it. Most of this island is crown land.
This photo was taken during high-ish water. The beach is normally bigger.
Here is a video of the sunset from the lookout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBJ55w1Rp_E
Pirates Cove from 120 meters
Campsite located 100 meters away from the beach.
Click on the icon to make the Google Map full screen, to see all the photos I took and where they were taken. Click on the symbol to see all the photos. There are 6 in total.
Total paddle: 500 m
Total hike: 1.8 km
Elevation gain: 52 m