Barron Canyon Trail System

This growing Trail System delights all riders with all types of terrain from softer trails to railbeds and bush trails. Abundant in crown trails, this trail system continues to grow and attract all technicality levels of rider.

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Located in: Petawawa ~ Laurentian  Valley ~ Barron Canyon

Barron Canyon

The perfect place for:

The Barron Canyon trail system within Renfrew County ATV Trails, are the perfect place for the entire family to enjoy this beautiful scenic and wildlife crown land area.  Nestled between the town of Petawawa to the east, Algonquin Park to the west, the township of Laurentian Hills to the north and the B trail to the south, this network of trails offers 100km of marked trails and old logging roads, as well as a multitude of unmarked beaten tracks waiting to be explored.   The trails take you through forest, past lakes and wetlands, over some rocky sections and even a beaver triple dam set up, offering plenty of thrills for adventure-seeking ATVers and Side by Side enthusiasts. Being able to ride from the beginning of trail #28 located at the end of Black Bay Rd.; the popular Km 9 at Sand Lake; coming from the B trail via the Indian River crossing or the #24 trail; access to this area is second to none. Be on the lookout for other trail users and wildlife on the trail.  Moose, deer, black bear, partridge, heron and the occasional beaver are likely to be part of your memories depending on the time of day you are riding. Plan your trip using the QuadOn app and the RCATV online trail map to view the technicality ratings.  Pack a lunch and even a fishing rod for the kids and try your luck at Big Lake, Sand Lake, Johnny Lake or have a picnic on the shore of Big Trout Lake. Organizations or businesses that would like to conduct a special event or activity are required to obtain a special use permit from the Ministry of National Resource. Enjoy your ride, drive safe and remember… if your bring it in, take it back with you. 

Click here to check out a video of RCATV riding the trails in and around Petawawa.

What is this trail like?

Trail Facts

Trail Length: 104 km
• At the end of Black Bay Rd in Petawawa where the 28 starts
• At the end of Forest Lea Rd where you can access the B trail to either the #s 24, 22, 21 trails
• At Km 9 (Sand Lake) of Barron Canyon Rd
Norman Behnke Hall – 11 Norman Street (Access to Algonquin Trail)


Trail Conditions

• Combination of dirt/gravel roads, old loggers roads and trails
• It is SXS Friendly
• An abundance of forest trails
• It is 95% Crown Land.  The QuadOn app is essential! Unless you enjoy paper maps.



• There is no fuel on trail, fill up in Petawawa and Pembroke.


•Quality Inn
•Camping is allowed.

• Well known chains are available in the town/villages. However, lots of opportunities are available for fishing at the many lakes (you can use MNR fishon for more details). 

Videos from the Barron Canyon

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