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Challenge Tips

Welcome to the Annual frontenac Challenge Info page


  • Don't start too early. Registration launches in August but the Challenge runs from September 1 to October 15.

  • Have fun but be safe. Always carry extra water, food and a well-stocked first aid kit (and we don't mean just a few Band-Aids!).


  • Always let someone know which loop you are hiking (and in which direction).  It makes you easier to find in an emergency. 

  • Download What3Words before your hike; when you call  911, they will ask you for the three words shown by the App.  Consider carrying an emergency satellite communicator such as a Garmin InReach, Zoleo, or Spot, because there is not good cell phone service with some carriers such as Bell, Telus and Koodo (Rogers is better in most of the park). 

  • Pay attention to the weather and time. Start your hike early. Daylight hours get shorter in the fall so always carry a headlight and be prepared to spend a night if you run into trouble.  This means you should have extra warm clothes, a way to start a fire, and a tarp or other shelter. 


  • Allow extra time to get to and from the start of your loop.


  • Don’t rely on your cell phone. Reception is spotty in the park and your battery will wear down quickly if left on all day. Bring a battery bank so you can change your phone in case it dies.


  •  Hike with a detailed map. We recommend purchase of  the official Frontenac Park trail map available at the park office/visitor centre.  Or order a map from our online store and have it mailed to your home.


  • You are allowed to combine neighbouring loops into one hike.  (You must re-hike the section of trail that is common to both loops.) Consider hiking adjacent loops in a figure “8” to be efficient.

  • Take care of your feet!  You’ve got MANY kilometers of trail ahead. The trails are rugged so a sturdy pair of hiking boots or trail runners with Vibram soles are highly recommended. Sneakers, flipflops or crocs will not cut it!


A few enthusiasts want to do two complete circuits of the trails during a Challenge period. They are free to do so, of course, but they can only be recognized officially for one completion.


Take pictures to share on our Facebook page and on Instagram (#FrontenacProvincialPark).




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