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With summer in full swing, your greatest challenge might be figuring out what your next adventure should be. In that spirit, let’s take a look at Five Trails Worth Checking Out.

Kiwanis Way Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.5 KM
If you’re looking for a scenic trail that doesn’t require you to drive too far you should give this relaxing trail in Pembroke a look. This is an out-and-back trail that provides some great views of the Ottawa river and features virtually no elevation gain. Great for anyone who is looking to do some light hiking or biking. This trail makes for an excellent afternoon getaway as it ends just up the street from a number of local restaurants.

Pembroke and Area Cross Country Ski Club Loop
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 8.2 KM
If you’re looking for a greater hiking or mountain biking challenge, you should give this loop a try. Rated as Moderate or Hard depending on who you’re asking. One of the best things about this trail is that you aren’t confined to just taking the ski loop. There are a number of other trails that branch off from the main loop allowing you to explore as you see fit and observe the wildlife frequenting the area. While not incredibly long, this trail has a substantial amount of elevation variation over its length so, be sure to bring sturdy shoes and your stamina. Reviews of the route repeat this advice: BRING BUG SPRAY unless you want to be eaten alive during the summer months.

Petawawa Research Trail Loop
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 9.5 KM
Despite the middling level of difficulty, this trail benefits from gravel roads for a portion of its overall length, making for fewer rolled ankles and easier hiking. Keep an eye out for Thomas Lake as it makes for a good rest spot.

Berm Lake-Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Length: 4.5-10.6 KM (depends on how you do it)
These trails may be a bit of a drive to get to, but it’s worth it. Located in Algonquin National Park, this group of trails circles around Berm Lake, Johnson Lake and parts of Stratten lake at its farthest reaches. It’s not a difficult trail to hike but there is a significant increase in elevation throughout, which may make the hike more tiring for less experienced or younger hikers. Thanks to it being part of the park, it has a number of well-maintained camping spots situated at various points along the path if you would rather not tackle it all in a single day.

We live in some beautiful country and the weather definitely supports some outdoor adventuring. Prepare well, let others know you’re going, and get out there and enjoy the summer!

Sources:
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Ontario Trails
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