Termed a “hidden jewel,” Frontenac Provincial Park is a backwoods park in the center of several developed communities and cottage lakes. It is one of the province’s best places for wildlife viewing, camping, paddling, hiking, swimming, fishing, and winter activities. It is also an important historical place for European settlement; the park area provided important timber and mining resources for local communities. Many settlers attempted to make a life in the region, but the life that greeted them was difficult as they tried to build a home on the park’s rocky terrain. The protection of this park is important not only for the preservation of its heritage features, but also for its wildlife and landscapes. While walking along the park’s many trails, you will see views of Arkon and Birch Lakes, rolling woodland hills, and abandoned mica mines. You might also cross paths with wetlands and acid bogs, and walk along bridges and boardwalks over springs and streams. The wildlife that live and depend on these habitats include a native population of grey wolves, the American black bear, beavers, white-tailed deer, red fox, mink, northern river otter, and porcupine. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the beaver dams in the streams of Arkon lake and their big-toothed caretakers!