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

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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.



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