Pancake Bay Provincial Park

Pancake Bay Provincial Park

Pancake Bay is a large Provincial Park located on a south facing protected bay of Lake Superior. The wide 3.2 km long sand beach is crisp, clean, and rarely crowded. It offers ample space for sunbathing, beach combing, and in later summer – swimming. The park offers 325 nicely spaced, partially wooded campsites – of which 160 have electric service. A modern facility, it has showers, flush toilets, a park store, playground, dump stations, an a naturalist programme.


The beach


Car Camping, group camping, and radio- free camping are available.

Almost half of the campsites offer electrical service. There are a variety of sites to accommodate a range of trailer sizes. Pancake Bay has five group campsites available.  Group camping sites are located at the west end of the campground adjacent to the 3.5 km nature trail. The sites vary in size and can accommodate from 15 to 40 people.


The wide 3.2 km long sand beach is crisp, clean, and rarely crowded

For more information about camping at this park please visit: Pancake Bay Camping


Biking | Birding | Boating | Canoeing | Fishing | Hiking | Natural Heritage Education | Swimming


Hiking trail


The Pancake Bay Nature Trail – 3.5 km (1-2 hours) easy
Located next to the campground, this trail begins along the dramatic Lake Superior shoreline, takes you over forested ancient beach ridges, through a fascinating wetland and then ends along a shallow meandering creek. Highlights of this trail include a boardwalk crossing the wetland, spring and summer wildflowers and a huge billion year-old conglomerate boulder. Interpretive signs posted along the trail will guide you in experiencing the natural features of this walk.
The Lookout Trail – 14 km (5-7 hours) moderate for the entire trail – 7 km return (2-3 hours) to the lookout
Located across Highway 17 from the campground, this hiking trail takes you through a lush forest dominated by tall Sugar Maples and Yellow Birch. This hike provides you with the best views of Pancake Bay and opportunities to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, including moose, further on past the lookout. From the lookout you can see across to Whitefish Point. This stretch of Lake Superior is known as the “graveyard of the Great Lakes” where the Edmund Fitzgerald sunk in a fierce Superior storm in 1975. Highlights of this trail include two lookout platforms offering spectacular views of Lake Superior and Pancake Bay, secluded inland lakes where you may hear the call of the loon and the scenic Pancake River Falls.
The 14-km Trail 

Cycling is permitted on the 14 km Lookout Trail. This is a rugged backcountry trail, therefore proper safety precautions, including wearing a bike helmet, should be taken.


For more information please visit: Pancake Bay Provincial Park