One of the coolest trails to explore in Ontario is Old Nipissing Road, a 50-km route that serves as a tangible link to the province's historic past.
Known by locals as Ghost Road, the "forgotten trail" once served as a colonization road for early settlers. Over the years, the many settlements that were established along its length were eventually abandoned and became eerie ghost towns overtaken by nature.
Today, Ghost Road is part of the Trans Canada Trail and is a popular site for outdoor explorers to travel along. Along with the spectacular beauty lended by the Almaguin Highlands, there are several historic points of interest to see, including deserted settlements like Seguin Falls, Dufferin Bridge, Spence and Rye.
Each of them serves as a window into Ontario's past, with deserted farms, settler cabins, cemeteries and community buildings offering a glimpse of life from a different time.
Somewhere at the midpoint of trail is the town of Magnetawan, the last surviving village along Ghost Road. Most travellers pass through the town during their journey to refuel, get food and lodge for the night.
There are also historic sites, water sports, hiking trails and other leisure activities for visitors to try there before heading out on the trail again.
Ghost Road is mostly made up of paved and gravel sections, making it perfect for hiking, mountain biking and ATV off-roading. It can be accessed by taking Highways 522, 124 and 518, which all cross its way.
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