The Boom Camp Interpretive Park is part of the North Channel Historic Trails project spanning the area from the Township of Shedden through to Huron Shores. The park comprises 12 kilometers of multi-season trails passing through three distinct ecological zones from coastal headlands through to provincially significant wetlands. Located at the mouth of the Mississagi River, this section of the North Channel of Lake Huron is significant for its cultural and natural historic values. Archaeological evidence and oral traditions of the Mississauga First Nation support the belief that the area was a gathering place occupied by some of the earliest First Nation communities. It subsequently provided resource opportunities for the early trapping trade, and housed log booming operations for what became the largest White Pine mill east of the Rocky Mountains. Although its uses have changed over time, it has remained an important resource for the inhabitants of this area for over 600 years.
It is now home to the Blind River Cross Country Ski Club while providing traditional access to the Mississagi River and a host of recreational pursuits including fruit gathering, bird watching, and fitness activities. A total of 70 interpretive and directional signs along the 12 kilometers of trail relate the rich cultural and natural history of the area and provide easy access to many striking vistas. The Park is a jointly managed by Mississauga First Nation, Town of Blind River, and the Blind River Cross Country Ski Club as established in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in June of 2004.
The trails include pavilions located on the east and west end of the park. The main clubhouse is located at east end parking lot. The trail surface is mostly smooth gravel with firmly packed sections. There are interpretive signs located at key rest points in each loop with messages in French, English and Ojibwa. The trails are groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter and are available for hiking and biking in the spring, summer and fall. The trails are made up of 3 main loops. Each loop contains unique interpretive signage along the path outlining the history of the area.
About the Trails
- Harbour Loop
- This Coastal Woodland area is the eastern most section of the Boom Camp site. The focus of the interpretation on this trail loop is significant timbering heritage and history of the area. The trail is 3.1KM, starting at the east pavilion and looping through forest area, extending all the way out to the shore of Lake Huron.
- Woodland Loop
- Shoreline Geology is the primary focus of this loop with interpretive information on the unique geological formations that gave rise to early mining and logging activities in the region. The trail is 5.3 Km long extending out from the east pavilion with two scenic look out areas overlooking the wetland areas and Lake Huron.
- Delta Loop
- This 3.7 Km loop starts at then end of the woodland loop and extends to the west pavilion going through the birds-foot delta at the mouth of the Mississagi River forms a diverse ecosystem rich in recreational interest and ecological resources. Additional interpretation is provided regarding the logging/booming operations, historical watershed use as a recreational resource and trade route, and functioning of the wetland complex. The Boom Camp Beach lies directly within the birds foot delta and provides opportunities for beach combing, driftwood hunting, and wildlife viewing
- Hiking and Biking
- In the spring, summer or fall, choose a loop to explore, or follow the road for 3 km along the canal to the Mississaugi Delta Provincial Park. After a picnic lunch and swim, return via the Boom Camp trail system.
- Cross Country Skiing
- Seasonal passes are currently available for $ 150.00 per family membership, $60.00 for a single membership and $ 30.00 for youth (5 - 7). For more information please contact Sally Hagman at 705-356-7861.
How to Get Here!
At the west end of Blind River turn South off Highway 17 onto Industrial Road, proceed to Pigeon Drive, turn West on Pigeon Drive, then South over the canal to the pavilion. Watch for the large blue signs along the way!