We found Simon Lake to be safe for children as there was a play area for them and the lake waters were shallow so they could really enjoy splashing water.
The adults went out for canoing and hiking on the trails. While hiking alongside the major road (but remaining within the conservation area) and then going on the other side of the lake, we found heavily forested area with a panoramic view of the lake from that side. However, while forest slowly decended on the lakeshore, we found some rocks quite slippery.
There is a lake almost every 5 kms on Highway 17, which takes you from Lively to Sault St Marie. The best of which is Simon Lake.
Simon Lake is located west of Lively in the Graham township. The closest town is Naughton.
There is a conservation area on the lake. The ‘Simon Lake Conservation Area' consists of walking trails and picnic area.
3 kms from Simon Lake, we found another lake on right side of the Highway. There were many families picnicing in the area.
The main feature of this lake was the gushing waters of the river feeding the lake that could be seen for hours.
About 100 kms before Sudbury, one can see Highway 69 pass over the French River. Cars can be parked in the adjacent parking lot and a long hiking cum trekking trip can be made on the tracks following the river.
The hike on the top of the mountains overlooking the river in the ravine below offers many picturesque scenes.
However, black flies and mosquitoes can easily turn children restless during a photography session.
The 1052 hectares of land just south of Sudbury provides varied opportunities for the hiker. The five trails, totalling 25 km, give hikers relaxing walks through wooded areas as well as demanding hikes that require a minimum of five hours to complete. Guidebooks are available on request from Nickel District Conservation Authority.
If you like snow and ice you can go ice fishing on one of the many lakes in the area. Of course you can only do this in the winter which is from August to June. Just kidding ... ice fishing can be done around January to March just to be safe. Of course you need an ice fishing pole. Im pretty sure these are cheap. I'm not sure of where you can rent one.
There are 33 lakes in the immediate area. Several in the heart of the city. Lake Ramsey has beaches, a yacht club and a cruise boat called the 'CORTINA'
Lake Ramsey is the largest City contained lake in North America.
We went North about 40 miles to PANACHE COUNTRY at WHITEFISH ONT.( 9 miles off highway 17 the TransCanada highway) turn at highway 549. My daughter's boyfriend had his boat stored here at the Marina. Half of the Lake is an Indian Reservation. There are several islands on the lake and it is huge. Most cottages have no electricity or roads to reach them . All is done by boat or in the winter across the ice.
Daughter's boyfriends boat at Penage Marina. We spent the day riding around the lake and later stopped at a friends cottage where we decided to have lunch. We went back to the Marina and at the grocery store there picked up food and beer. We returned to the cottage and after lunch we had a bath in the SAUNA beside the lake and jumped in the ice cold water afterwords. Boy did that wake one up.WOW!! Then it was time to go water skiing. I piloted the boat. My daughter's boyfriend skied.
This was a channel between an island and the mainland. I was piloting the boat. my daughter's boyfriend was skiing. We are headed for a narrow passage between some rocks and he let one ski fall off as I carefully swept through the passage. Boy was I glad he didn't fall.
While hiking along French River through the thick forest further downstream was our dream, we resorted to viewing most of the area through the suspension bridge.
Using the suspension bridge for crossing French River was a fun part of the hiking trip.
Crossing the shaking bridge segregates the brave from the timid.