Kitchitwaa Shkwaandem, roughly translated from its proper Anishinaabe name as Heaven's Gate, was acquired in 2021 through the incredible generosity of community donations. This project was made also possible by the Government of Canada through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, part of Canada's Nature Fund, as well as funding from the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The acquisition of Kitchitwaa Shkwaandem served to protect culturally and ecologically significant land from development, and bridge the gap between LaCloche Provincial Reserve and Killarney Provincial Park. The landscape of Heaven's Gate inspired members of the Group of Seven, some of whose iconic paintings were created in the area. To learn more about our journey to save this land and the LaCloche Mountains, click here
The land is extremely biodiverse, with over 12 species at risk calling it home, 3 lakes and 2 mountains within its borders along ancient Canadian Shield landscape. Hiking in this pristine environment you're likely to see some of our rarest and most beautiful flora and fauna, including Bald and Golden Eagles, River Otters, Blanding's Turtles and maybe, if you're lucky, catch a sign of magestic Algonquin Wolves. With over 1,900 acres of wild beauty to explore on our trails, Heaven's Gate is sure to be one of the most memorable hikes you'll ever have.
Trails can be accessed from multiple points along Highway 6 and Bay of Islands Drive. See the comprehensive trail map, Heaven's Gate Trails, for details and enjoy exploring this unique place.