The Massasauga

Paddle through this cluster of islands to witness incredible geological patterns.

The Massasauga Provincial Park stretches along the coast of Georgian Bay from Parry Sound to the Moon River and takes in hundreds of islands and inland lakes. A visit to “the Mass” means exploring a striking landscape of colourful gneiss rocks, narrow bays and inlets.

The park provides a sanctuary for many species at risk including their namesake, the massasauga rattlesnake, Blanding’s turtle, eastern hog-nosed snake and the whip-poor- will.

PLEASE NOTE Massasauga Provincial Park must be accessed by boat and motor boats are not permitted on inland lakes. Camping permits are required for the 139 marked campsites.


Baker Trail 5.5 km (estimated 3 hours). Moderate-difficult

This trail starts at Calhoun Lodge and leads to the Baker pioneer homestead. Side trails branch to the shore, ideal for picnicking.

Moon Island Trail 4km (estimated 2 hours). Moderate-difficult

This trail is accessed from the Wood’s Bay Day-Use site. The trail traverses various terrain and forest types with impressive lookouts onto Georgian Bay. There are excellent opportunities to view waterfowl, a heron rookery and beaver pond. Along the trail you can see signs of wildlife including moose, deer, bear, and grouse.

Wreck Island Trail 1.5 km (estimated 1 hour). Moderate-difficult

The 30,000 Islands have claimed many ships in the past and Wreck Island is thought to be the final resting place for The Waubuno. This boat went down in late November 1879 with the loss of all passengers and crew. If you’re walking the west side of the island on a windy day, it’s easy to imagine how the boat could have run into trouble.

Wreck Island trail offers a fantastic opportunity to view incredible geological formations. The trail includes nine interpretive stops at which geological features are pictured and described in a free trail guide which is available at the start of the trail.

Strong paddling and navigation skills are required for Georgian Bay.

Species at Risk in the Spotlight

Massasauga rattlesnakes are Ontario’s only venomous snake, and although its venom is potent, this is a small snake with small fangs and a limited amount of venom. Snake bites are rare and readily prevented by wearing proper footwear. If you see or hear a rattlesnake, simply leave it alone! If you give the snake room it will retreat.

For more information on how to prevent and treat rattlesnake bites –Snake Safety Tips

Please report sightings of species at risk. 


Plan Your visit

Explore the amazing place with help from local businesses.

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Massasauga Provincial Park

Petes Place Access Point: 640 Healy Lake Rd, Mactier, ON

Three-Legged Lake Access Point at the end of Three- Legged Lake Road (Check in at Park Office Prior)

Park Office: 380 Oastler Park Drive, Parry Sound, ON


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Moon River Marine

714 Healey Lake Rd, MacTier, Ontario

Wreck Island Interpretive Trail
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