The Casque Isles Trail is a signed and groomed recreational hiking trail that offers scenic vistas to the visitors who wish to share in Lake Superior's majestic and rugged beauty in Ontario, Canada. Beginning in Rossport, passing through Schreiber and ending in Terrace Bay, the total length of the Trail is 53 km. For those who do not wish to attempt the entire trek, the Trail is divided into 5 Segments; each with it's own Access point from Hwy 17 and each presenting it's own unique wilderness experience. These Segments vary in length and difficulty so that both the advanced and the beginner hiker can enjoy the North Shore.
Inspiration for the trail's name came from a quote by Dr. John J. Bigsby—a physician, geologist and member of the British commission in Upper and Lower Canada—who wrote about Lake Superior's north shore from atop Pic Island in 1823. To quote:
"As I turned towards the land, tall casque-shaped islands were seen here and there, full of sinuosities and overlooked by pleasingly grouped hills of conical or waved outline from 600 to 800 feet. I was well repaid for the trouble of the ascent."
5. LYDA BAY SEGMENT 6km
Access: (A9) Hydro Bay Rd. S., (A10) Terrace Bay Beach (follow signs to Waterfront/Beach/Hiking in Terrace Bay), (A11) Aguasabon Falls Parking lot.
Highlights: Pukaskwa Pits, raised boulder beaches, Lyda Bay Lookout (65m/200ft above Lake Superior), hiking through the Terrace Bay Nature Reserve, Aguasabon Falls.
Popular Segment used frequently by locals.
Children under 10 should be accompanied by a adult.
Very photogenic, with shallow bays pleasant for wading.