If you happen to be headed to Algonqui Park this summer, and plan to do a bit of hiking, Algonquin Park offers several convenient options located right along highway 60 as you drive from one end of Algonquin to the other. In case you're curious about what each trail has to offer before heading out, make sure to check out our free Algonquin Park trail pictures to save yourself some time. Because the Ontario Park guide doesn't go into much detail about each of Algonquins trails, why not take a peak at what's along the way. The free Algonquin Park trail pictures may be found by clicking here.
If camping in a pine forest isn't your thing, then Canisbay Lake campground might be the ticket. The first thing you'll notice about Canisbay Lake campground is that the trees look oddly familiar to those found back in the city. A thick canopy of deciduous trees makes this campground great for those who seek shade and privacy when camping. The campsites are also a good size, making this campground quite popular. Canisbay Lake has a beach for swimming and tanning, hosts spacious comfort stations, flush toilets, and laundry. Canisbay Lake has approximately 242 campsites, of which 66 are electrical, and 101 are radio-free and dog-free. Like many of Ontario Parks campgrounds, Canisbay Lake is kept clean and tidy as well. Because this campground is quite large and spread out, it's also very quiet.
Of the 8 campgrounds located within Algonquin Park, Lake of two Rivers stands out because it has a store! If you're the ultimate lazy camper who wants to "just show up", then Lake of two Rivers is perfect for you as they have mostly everything you may need. One of our Lake of Two Rivers store favourites is the ice cream! Apparently we're not the only ones who think so because the line can get crazy long. So be prepared to wait. They also sell burgers, fries, dogs and a small selection of other items for a quick fix. Nothing fancy, but if you're hungry or need supplies, the Algonquin Park store will most likely have it. Bike rentals too, should you feel in the mood. The campground itself is mostly white pine forest cover with a carpet of golden needles all round. Privacy is not the best. The sites are big, and can get huge in some sections. You'll find a lot of RVs camping at this campground. If camping near or around the store, you may also encounter day time elevated noise levels. Usually playful laughter from kids. Nothing deal breaking. For many campers, having access to a store and a fresh bag of ice seems to make up for it. A bike trail connects directly to Mew Lake, the neighbouring campground. From there this trail connects to an old abandoned railway where you may peddle to your heart's content. Remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen!! The railway trail is long in both directions, (and you still have to make your way back). Lake of Two Rivers also has a nice beach with a great open view of the sky facing east. If you enjoy watching the night sky, this would be the place. Canoe rentals are also made available. There are roughly 241 campsites, 160 of which are electrical. Comfort stations with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Should your camping vacation be a long one, Lake of Two Rivers campground guarantees comfort.
Mew Lake is deceiving in size. It's quite large. If navigating this campground in the evening on foot, just make sure you're going in the right direction. Mew Lake is located right next door to Lake of Two Rivers. And although they are neighbours, it's still quite a distance should you need another quick bag of ice. Mew Lake has some wonderful campsites. A few are located right on the lake. Great if you want to take a canoe out for a spin. The sites are quite large and have great privacy. You'll find many campers camping in RVs at this campground as well. There is a large beach with an open sky. In fact, the beach at Mew Lake is often used to host Star Parties. Telescopes are setup all over the beach operated by their respective owners. Always happy to answer questions and share their telescopes view. Mew Lake has approximately 131 campsites, 66 electrical, and 37 radio-free and dog-free zones. One half of Mew Lake is predominantly white pine while the other half of Mew Lake is a more open temperate forest. There are flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities as well. Compared to Lake of Two Rivers, Mew Lake has more privacy and a little less noise due to its size and horseshoe layout.
The first thing that becomes obvious about Pog Lake is its size. Pog Lake is a very large campground. The campsites themselves are quite big, nicely spaced out and great privacy. Your mileage may very with privacy, but the ambiance in this park is magical. At times the ground can feel like a soft carpet, thanks to the pine needles that have collected over the years. Pog Lake has approximately 286 campsites, 83 electric, and 32 radio-free and dog-free zone sites. Several spacious comfort stations, showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities. Pog Lake does not have a beach, and tends to have more bugs due to the pine forest surroundings.
About one kilometer down highway 60 from Pog Lake you'll find Kearney Lake. Registration is located at Pog Lake though, so make sure to keep that in mind. There is no attendant at Kearney Lake to guide you. Kearney Lake has approximately 103 campsites and two small beaches. As well as a small comfort station with flush toilets and showers. Laundry may be found at Pog Lake. If you plan on camping at Kearney, make sure to bring bug spray. Similar to Pog Lake, Kearney is predominantly pine. Kearney Lake is a small, closed-off lake. If you feel like going for a canoe ride, Kearney is perfect. The water is calm, and you'll most likely find you have the lake to yourself!
Coon Lake is one of Algonquin Parks smaller campgrounds. You'll have to drive for a few minutes along an unpaved road to reach the gate. If you're worried about your vehicles paint finish, we would not recommend camping at Coon Lake. The campground is host to 49 campsites and a beach. There are no comfort stations at Coon Lake, rather vault privies which are located throughout the park. Showers, flush toilets and laundry can be found nearby at Rock Lake campground. The campsites at Coon Lake are average size for tent camping, and very quiet due to its location away from highway 60.
Located right next to Coon Lake along the unpaved Rock road, you'll find Rock Lake. Similar to Coon Lake, Rock Lake is on the smaller side compared to the other Algonquin campgrounds. The campsites are a medium size, quite spacious for tent camping. Approximately 121 campsites, of which 72 are electric. You'll find two beautiful beaches, a new comfort station with showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities. Because of the remote location away from Highway 60, this campground is also very quiet.
Tea Lake is another one of Algonquin's smaller campgrounds with approximately 42 campsites, and is set in a mixed hardwood coniferous forest. Vault privies are located throughout the park, and unfortunately there are no shower or laundry facilities. The campsites are designed primarily for tent camping, and so you'll find the campsites to be a bit smaller. There is a cell phone tower located close by and Ontario Parks did a great job of disguising it into a pine tree! If having a cell phone connection is a priority on your list, then Tea Lake is a good choice.
One of our childhood favourites, Ontario Parks Arrowhead. This was a high school favourite. Before Ontario Parks clamped down on security, this was the spot to party! Fear not, this Ontario Parks campground is quiet and family friendly. The staff do a great job at keeping this campground clean as well. Arrowheads popularity may also stem from the fact that it's just a few minutes car drive away from Huntsville, the heart of Muskoka, making this Ontario Parks campground location very convenient. Should you decide you don't wish to hang around the campground, you can visit Huntsville and catch a movie, or maybe you're just craving a Tim Hortons, right? Arrowhead has some great large and private sites, three sand beaches on Arrowhead Lake, quiet motor free lakes, 15 kms of trails, one of which leads to a waterfall! Some old stuff may be found here as well, such as remnants of old homesteads from the 1870's. Arrowhead is also known for its summer and winter activities. They have lots of rentals for both summer and winter activities including canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, snowshoes and ice skates. Winter activities at this Ontario Parks campground include skating, skiing, snow shoeing and tubing! As for trails, this Ontario Parks location has five of them. And beaches, there are three of them. Sandy and quiet with change rooms to boot. Remember, there are no life guards on these Ontario Parks beaches, so take caution.
Awenda is a popular Ontario Parks campground. Its name comes up many times when planning a camping trip. Awenda is conveniently located on the shores of Georgian Bay, and a short drive to Midland and Penetanguishene; all of which are just a nice drive from Toronto. Camping in Awenda is convenient, and offers nature and beauty at the same time. And wow, does Ontario Parks pack a punch with activities at Awenda or what! Biking, birding, boating, canoeing, fishing and hiking. And if you opt for the hiking, Ontario Parks has been kind enough to provide you with 7 wonderful trails. And if you decide to bring along your furry friend, Awenda also has a designated stretch of pet friendly beach along its Georgian Bay shoreline. A leash is still required and Ontario Parks reminds us to please pick up after our furry little friends as well. A short drive away from the campground and you'll find Awenda has several natural beaches. Methodist Point Bay area has the 3rd beach which is most protected and has the most sand, according to Ontario Parks. Awenda also offers trails for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Camping is not permitted in the winter time at Awenda. You'll be happy to know that should you decide to go skiing, the trail starts at the Trail Centre, a cozy wood heated cabin. And remember to bring your own equipment as Awenda does not have a rental facility.
This Ontario Parks campground deserves a closer look. It may not be one of Ontario Parks most popular destination, but when you consider what this campground has to offer, there's no denying a good time. For starters, Bass Lake is just a few minutes from the Casino. If you're stuck for ideas or things to do, you can always go and test your hand at lady luck. Perhaps your winnings can offset your camping trip expenses. Or you may decide to go for a hike. Bass Lake has approximately 3 kms of trails, and some of which are paved, making it great for bike riding or accommodating individuals with disabilities. As for accommodations, Bass Lake accepts Car camping, RV camping, group camping, picnic shelters and day use area. There is also a sandy beach perfect for swimming. You will also find canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals! Is that not terrific. And seriously, should you feel the need to go into town for a Tims, you'll find just 5 minutes away, gas stations, groceries, convenience stores, restaurants, shopping and movie theatres. So if camping with teenagers who might wish to hang elsewhere, now you can drop them off in town and spend the rest of your relaxing day by the beach. Many might say whats the point of going camping if you're still dependant on amenities, and we say, having conveniences near by is just peace of mind and a nice to have. Some folks like these options near by. In the winter time, Bass Lake offers 4km of groomed cross-country skiing trails, and should you decide that you'd rather hike or snowshoe, Bass Lake has you covered. Ontario Parks, a great hidden gem!
If you like big red pine, then Ontario Parks' Bon Echo has what you're looking for. A majestic vibe as you drive through this gorgeous campground. After spending some time here, going back home is a hard thing to do. Ontario Parks provides RV, car, backcountry and roofed accommodations. Bon Echo is one of Ontario Parks more popular destinations, so book early if you can. The first thing people talk about when they refer to Bon Echo is the big rock. At 100 meters high, Mazinaw Rock features over 260 aboriginal pictographs. The sunset hits this big rock every evening making for some great pictures. There are even interpretive boat tours at your disposal to get you close. In addition to conventional camping, this Ontario Park also offers camping cabins, rustic cabins, soft-sided shelters and yurts. This must-see Ontario Parks destination also accommodates canoe-in and hike-in camping as well. With plenty of hiking trails and 3 beaches to choose from, Ontario Parks has you covered at Bon Echo.
Bonnechere isn't a very large campground. Located in the Ottawa valley area, this Ontario Parks campground will make you forget all about home. The campsites are big, beautiful and offer great privacy. The only suggestion would be to watch for the bugs near River Loop campground. Those campsites near water tend to experience a higher number of critters. Ontario Parks is known for their wonderful and clean facilities. Camping at this campground is no different. There are three main campgrounds with a central comfort station at each one of them for those who prefer a step-up from the traditional privy. Laundry and water taps are also included. Once again, if you're a fan of pine trees, Bonnechere has them. Tall Pines campground sits amongst some of the most majestic. A pleasure to drive or walk thru. The River Loop campground runs adjacent to the Bonnechere river, so activities such as boating, canoeing and fishing are available (canoe and kayak rental is available). If you're in the mood for some roofed accommodations, Ontario Parks offers a cottage and 4 rustic cabins at Bonnechere as well. In the mood for swimming? Ontario Parks has one beautiful sandy beach for your enjoyment, not to mention the beach is located next to the park store! Another one of Ontario Parks more popular campgrounds, and it's no wonder why. Plan and book your camping trip early to this Ontario Parks hot spot getaway.
Charleston Lake campground has something for everyone. A lot of us take for granted the hard work Ontario Parks puts in to developing a clean, safe and fun nature experience for all ages! And luckily for us nature lovers, the province of Ontario is also one amazing place to explore! On the list of fun we have swimming, boating, fishing and plenty of wildlife. Two swimming beaches are available with a shallow, gentle slope for all ages to enjoy. Note that dogs are not allowed, but there is a pet exercise beach located beside Shady Ridge Beach. In 2011, Ontario parks replaced three comfort stations allowing for showers, flush and laundry. If you're a fan of canoeing, Charleston Lake has 75kms of shoreline with plenty of bays and coves to explore! Ontario Parks is noting an increased interest in Sea Kayaking at this campground as well, as water conditions do well for this type of boat design. If you're going to partake in some hiking, Charleston Lake has seven trails to pick from. Got a bike? Ontario Parks allows for riding on the park roads without issue. Powerboats are permitted, and the fishing is great. If you're a star-gazer, Ontario Parks accommodates with one of its many organized star parties. Check the Ontario Parks events calendar for details.
If you enjoy camping and you live close to Toronto, then you've most likely heard the name Darlington. It's a short drive for those that seek that Ontario Parks camping quick fix experience. Due to its close proximity, this Ontario Parks campground makes for a great family and day-use picnic experience. The campground is quite large, and its sometimes hard to believe you're still quite close to civilization. Darlington has a long sandy beach (a bit rocky in some spots but quite large and nice), four hiking trails, and opportunities for boating and canoeing due to its sheltered McLaughlin Bay waters. Comfort stations with showers and flush are provided centrally by Ontario Parks at each campground! Thanks again Ontario Parks. There is one laundry facility and a park store for groceries, wood, and supplies. And yes, they have ice cream! If you're travelling in a larger group, there are three picnic shelters available for rent.
Located along the Trent river, Ferris offers a range of sights and activities, including a cool looking pedestrian suspension bridge overlooking the gorge and a stunning lookout over Ranney Falls. This Ontario Parks campground can accommodate equipment ranging from tents to large trailers. There are 5 hiking trails, and unfortunately no swimming due to the close proximity of an upstream dam. Ontario Parks provides three barrier free comfort stations with flush toilets but no showers, a boat launch and picnic shelters available by reservation or first-served basis.
Our personal recommendation for visiting Killarney would be to do it in the fall when the leaves start changing color. Because of Killarney's location, the temperature change is quite sharp, forcing leaves to change color quickly, thus providing a more vibrant display of colors, but in a shorter window of time. The combination of Georgian Bay's pink granite, the La Cloche Mountains' white quartzite, and the fall leaf colors are a beautiful combination. Now add reflections in the 50 clear sapphire lakes, its no wonder Killarney was such a big inspiration to many artists, past and present. On the surface, Killarney campground may appear small, but did you know there are over 200 backcountry campsites? That also includes winter camping as well, and this Ontario Parks location allows for backcountry winter camping, and george lake campground is open all year! If you're more into glamping, Killarney also has 2 Cabins and 6 yurts. Remember to book early and plan ahead for this very popular Ontario Parks destination. There are 6 hiking trails at Killarney, including a very strenuous 7-10 day, 80km loop! The Crack is also a popular trail choice, but quite difficult as well. If hiking isn't in the cards, Killarney offers 2 beaches for relaxation. Winter time at this northern Ontario Parks destination is just as exciting. Winter and snow change everything, and that includes the scenery. So why not check out what Ontario Parks has to offer, starting with walk-in winter campsites, 6 heated yurts, and a winter warm-up hut in the day-use area with a wood stove for day visitors and winter campers. A great place to warm the bones before calling it a night. Remember, the park store only sells maps and souvenirs, and the drive in is quite long, so make sure you don't forget anything. A comfort station with flush and laundry is available on George lake campground (but not winter).
Killbear Provincial park is not very far from Killarney, yet these Ontario Parks are quite different. Killbear is a very large campground and is located on windy Georgian Bay. And although Killbear is surrounded by kilometers of rocks and rocky shoreline, there are also plenty of sand beaches as well! Ontario Parks planned well ensuring each campground has its own designated beach. Pets may not be allowed, but Ontario Parks made sure to include a pet exercise area with its own exclusive dog beach. There's also a great distance of adjacent shoreline and sand, should you wish to explore beyond the park. So if you enjoy water activities, Killbear is a great choice. Many activities to choose from, like sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, and fishing. Canoe and Kayak are also popular with 12km of shoreline and many islands to explore. Ontario Parks warns guests to be cautious as Georgian Bay weather can change suddenly and quickly. As for Killbear's large size, Ontario Parks has made available a comfort station at each campground (showers, flushT, laundry), with the exception of Granite Saddle. Comfort stations are kept very clean by Ontario Parks staff. One very important piece of advice. Ontario Parks does not sell groceries or ice at their souvenir store. These items need to be purchased outside of the park at local stores, or you'll need to drive to Parry Sound (35km).
If you're looking for a sand themed campground, look no further. Similar to Sandbanks' sandy dunes and long beach, Long Point provincial park sits on a sand spit and is considered a hamlet medium in size on the north shore of lake Erie (not Ontario). It's 40km long and 1km across at its widest point. Long point was established in 1921 and is Ontario Parks' fourth oldest campground. The entire area is a designated World Biosphere Reserve. It is home to one of the largest bird and waterfowl migration and staging areas in north America. The warm waters of Lake Erie make for great boating and fishing expeditions as well. Long Point Bay provides a boat launch that will accommodate most pleasure boats. If bike riding is more your thing, Ontario Parks has over 5km of suitable roadways for you to enjoy. If you decide to ride outside the campground, the surrounding area is quite nice as well with plenty of safe routes for the family and kids. If you're looking to go swimming, Long Point is one long beach. Ontario Parks warns visitors about Lake Erie's undertow and to please be mindful as there are no lifeguards on duty. Pets are also restricted to the pet exercise area. As for camping, Long Point is quite large and offers camping for a large variety of equipment, radio-free, electrical and none-electrical. If you happen to be camping on a Friday the 13th, head over to Port Dover and check out the bikers as they ride in from all over to enjoy this day of good-luck.
Just a 10 minute drive south of Orillia. Mara is a smaller campground that offers its visitors a combination of experiencing the wilderness in the great north, and the conveniences of having a city nearby. This combination is perfect for individuals who want the true outdoor environment, but can't live without their Tims in the morning. This Ontario Parks campground is located on Lake Simcoe, offering great boating and fishing opportunities, as well as access to the Trent Severn Waterway. Take advantage of the swimming as Lake Simcoe prides itself on having one of the best beaches in Lake County. Did you know Mara has a picnic shelter on the beach, and available for reservation? It will accommodate 50 people, comes with the use of a charcoal barbeque and picnic tables to accommodate maximum capacity. Alcohol is NOT permitted as per Ontario Parks. If you're camping overnight at Mara, the comfort stations do have flushT and showers.
Located near Perth, Murphys Point is a natural area for hiking, skiing, as well as water sports on Big RideauLake. The big attraction would be the Silver Queen Mine, an early 1900's mica mine with tours available. Ontario Parks offers skiing in the winter time on the groomed summer hiking trails. If you're looking for a fun little canoe adventure, Murphys Point has a canoe loop! Along the way 2 short portages 150m and some stopping options, including the Ontario Parks store patio, MacParlan house, and a hike-in beach. Ontario Parks warns visitors to take note of wind direction when planning your loop as the Big Rideau Lake can be treacherous.
The Pinery campground is at the top of the list of popular Ontario Parks campgrounds, and for good reason. Located on lake Huron, this campground has much to see and do all year round. From rolling dunes and a 10km beach, to 21 square kms of forests, a 14km bike trail, and 38kms of groomed ski trails! You may rent a canoe, hydro bike, paddleboat or single/double kayak to explore the Old Ausable wetland channel. The 14km bike trail is a loop that starts and ends at the Pinery park store! The trail transitions from wooded landscape to picnic area 8, then back to forest and so on. Stop to take a breather and spot a few birds. Pinery has 319 different species! Or stop by the Old Ausable Channel and try your hand at some fishing. The warm waters are home to nearly 50 common species. If fishing, please check with Ontario Parks as there are a few rules to follow and endangered fish to watch out for. No motors of any kind are allowed in the channel, but rental of canoes, paddle boats, etc, is made plenty and convenient. Hiking is also a popular activity at the Pinery with 10 trails to choose from. If you're a fan of cross-country skiing, Ontario Parks offers 38kms of trails, and is considered to be some of the best skiing in southwestern Ontario. The looped cross-country ski trails range in difficulty from beginner to advanced. You may also wish to stay in a yurt and make a romantic weekend out of it! The Pinery has a park store that sells almost everything, so convenience is not a problem. If you wish to travel light, the Pinery also rents everything as well. From bicycles built for two, to coaster bikes and children's bikes, accessories, and even cross-country skis! The Pinery is a fantastic choice for a camping getaway. Make sure to plan your activities to make the most of what this campground has to offer so you don't miss out. For us men out there, being organized is the new sexy.
Located on the north shores of lake Ontario, this Ontario Provincial park is part of southeastern Northumberland County, near the town of Brighton. The campground is quite large and offers open sunny spots for RVs, the popular lakeside sites, and the more secluded, wooded campsites. The campground is mainly flat, and makes for a popular walking and biking destination. Cross-country self-groomed skiing is also available. The bike trail is an 8km loop with an unpaved section which leads to the park store. The store sells everything from basic groceries, park souvenirs, and even fast food. A picnic shelter with BBQ is available for rent. For things to do you may opt to explore the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario, world-class spring bird migration, walk the 1km marsh boardwalk, or lose yourself on more than 15kms of trails (6 to be exact) running through woodlands and meadows. Ontario Parks also gives us 4 new and upgraded comfort stations with 3 older facilities in the day-use area along the back beach. Showers available at each campground with laundry at Maples campground. Its worth mentioning that Presqu'ile is a great one-day destination as well. Not only does it provide a nice flat surface for easy breezy walking, but you'll also be pleased to find an odd single table in a number of nooks for perhaps some quite reading. If going canoeing, just be aware that lake Ontario can be quite rough, especially for a canoe, Ontario Parks exclaims. Perhaps some bird watching for the day, or some time on the long and sandy beach? If you haven't had a chance to visit this stunning Ontario Parks campground, make sure to put it on your list, if even for just one day.
Rock point is one of Ontario Parks smaller destination. Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, near the mouth of the grand river in southwestern Ontario. Embedded in the limestone shelf along the beach you may find fossils of coral dating back 350 million years. If you're wondering about a beach, Rock Point has a 1km stretch of sand mixed with pebbles. In the fall, Rock Point is home to migrating monarch butterflies! This campground also comes complete with comfort stations equipped with showers, flushT and laundry. Staying for the long haul shouldn't be a problem. Ontario Parks provides campers with a store that sells basic groceries, ice, camping items and gifts. Bicycles and BBQ are also available for rent at the Ontario Parks store! And remember, pets are not allowed on the main beach, but Ontario Parks does a great job at making sure our furry little friends aren't left behind by providing us with a pet exercise area. The campsites come in a variety of sizes, from tent to large trailer, electrical and none. There's even a viewing platform above the sand dunes. Yes, that's right, sand dunes. Isn't Ontario a wonderful place to live!
Sandbanks needs no introduction. It is perhaps the most popular campground Ontario Parks has to offer. It's located smack centre between Toronto and Ottawa/Montreal, and is the worlds largest baymouthbarrier dune formation! There are three beaches that some say are among the best in Canada. The sand is soft, clean and the water is always perfect. In some areas you are able to walk quite a distance out from shore and still only be waist deep. A large section of the beach is also shallow, and stays that way which makes it perfect for small dogs who are just learning to swim, including our own. Driving to Sandbanks just for one day so our little four-legged friend could enjoy a nice splash is not uncommon. After the dog cools off, enjoy the surrounding area by car or bicycle. Prince Edward county is best known for its bicycle touring, wineries, food and antiques. The campgrounds location allows for boating, but no dedicated routes for canoes. The waves can get quite large after a good storm, and if you're brave, get out and enjoy them on any blow-up flotation device. At times it's easy to forget your actually still in Ontario! With that said, if you wish to book a campsite at this Provincial Ontario park, you'd best be prepared to do it months in advance. This park gets booked super fast. Fortunately, people cancel last-minute all the time, so if your stay is a short one, you may perhaps get lucky. The day use area is large and provides lots of parking, and on top of that, it's still hard to find a spot during peak summer weekends. So make sure to arrive early as well. Ontario Parks does a great job at providing all guests with a clean and safe environment for all to enjoy.
A great campground with excellent fishing and a popular day-use picnic area. In the spring and fall, one can actually watch the salmon and trout spawn up the falls. This Ontario Parks falls used to power a timber mill and power station. Ontario Parks provides us with comfort stations, flush toilette, showers and laundry. Canoes, paddle boats and kayak rentals are available; and a 10km downstream run to explore. There is a short 2.5km hiking trail which runs through a Red Pine plantation and ancient sand dunes. And a children's playground located near the picnic shelter. A quick note to remind everyone that Sauble Beach is about 3kms away. Ontario Parks suggests the use of a bicycle to save time.
The advantage of Selkirk is its close proximity to Port Dover. Camp on a Friday the 13th and you're just minutes away from having a great time! Otherwise, Selkirk tends to be one of Ontario Parks quiet campgrounds. For those of you who feel camping is a dirty sport, Selkirk may have you think otherwise, since the campground is mostly grass covered. Selkirk has a large day-use beach picnic area with shade, picnic standard tables and water taps. Swimming is permitted but without a lifeguard on duty. Ontario Parks provides us with a comfort station, flushT, showers and laundry in Area 2. There is a park store at this campground which sells basic camping supplies, snacks, drinks, ice and wood. Group camping is available, as well as radio-free camping. A short hiking trail is also available which takes you across a marsh via boardwalk, followed by a trek through the White Pine plantation. If you're finding it difficult to book your favourite campground, why not give Selkirk a try. All of Ontario Parks campgrounds have something unique and beautiful to explore. Get out of your comfort zone and you may just be surprised. Selkirk is a giant grassy park. Simply beautiful!
Sharbot lake is situated on two lakes and offers great swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing. A beautiful park with short distances to numerous amenities, great for young families. Ontario Parks offers 2 hiking trails and 2 sandy beaches which happen to be great for swimming. If you prefer to stay dry, a canoe rental is available at Sharbot Lake. Both lakes come equipped with boat launches to kickstart a successful fishing excursion. Similar to Selkirk, if you haven't had a chance to explore this campground, we would highly recommend it.
Sibbald Point is located in Sutton West and is host to a large sandy beach on Lake Simcoe. The campsites are quite big and offer pull-through for trailers. If you're camping with a boat, there is boat launch and dock for temporary or overnight usage. Lake Simcoe is great for fishing, and if you'd rather stay on land, Ontario Parks offers 2 hiking trails, both of which are rated easy. If you're active in the winter time, Sibbald Point offers some of the best ice fishing. The park gates remain open so guests may enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skiing. If you're concerned about staying clean, Ontario Parks has a whopping 12 comfort stations with showers located throughout the park. The park store sells groceries, ice scream, fast food and camping supplies. Because this campground is quite large and mostly flat, bringing a bicycle would be highly recommended.
Silent Lake is another large park, 1450 hectares to be exact. Located near Bancroft Ontario, this campground has some great hiking (19kms of trails), a breathtaking lookout, motorless lake and 2 sandy beaches. In the winter, this campground offers cross-country skiing as well. If you enjoy mountain biking, Silent lake has a trail for you. If you enjoy canoeing or kayaking, Silent Lake offers rentals (canoe, kayaks, and snowshoes). Swimming at the 2 beaches is available, with one beach host to a grassy area, great for a picnic. Ontario Parks offers 40kms of cross-country ski trails as well. Take note that this Ontario Parks does have a store, but they do not sell groceries. Just the essentials, such as clothing, gifts, coffee, wood and ice. This campground is quite popular so make sure to plan with Ontario Parks accordingly.
Silver Lake is located on a beautiful lake and offers a wide crescent sandy beach as its main attraction. You may also choose to spend your time on a canoe or boat and try your luck at some fishing. Amenities are in close proximity making this campground great for families. This campground does have a park store which sells ice, firewood, worms for fishing, and souvenirs. If you wish to get groceries or other supplies, you'll have to drive into the nearby village or the town of Perth. Silver lake has one picnic shelter which may be rented or used on a first-come basis when available. Silver Lake also has a comfort station complete with flushT, showers and sinks. The campsites at this Ontario Parks campground are treed and can accommodate small to large trailers. A short hiking trail is also available and is marked as easy to complete within 30 minutes. For those looking to go camping in a less crowded environment, Silver Lake may have what you're looking for.
Turkey Point is located on the north shores of Lake Erie, in close proximity to Long Point Provincial park and Port Dover, host to every Friday the 13th biker gathering. In addition, Turkey Point is the only Ontario Parks campground to offer a golf course! There's a great beach in the village of Turkey Point which is shallow and buoyed, great for kids, and just outside the park (2kms) you'll find restaurants, zip lining, a marina and a winery. If you're a mountain bike enthusiast, Turkey Point is host to the local Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club, and has a network of trails inside and outside the park. Ontario Parks offers 3 hiking trails of which 2 are easy and 1 medium. This Ontario Parks campground is clean and offers 2 comfort stations complete with flushT, showers and laundry. Ontario Parks provides us with a park store which supplies basic camping supplies, clothing, snacks, drinks, ice and wood. Groceries are easily available just outside the park. Turkey Points location along the shores of Lake Erie makes this campground close to almost everything should you decide to venture away from the campground and explore. Keep in mind Turkey Point campsites are all car sites with a few accommodating larger trailers, 26 pull through to be exact.
Although Elora Gorge is not park of the Ontario Parks ecosystem, its worth visiting because this campground offers some spectacular campsites of all shapes and sizes with some great privacy. If you're not familiar with this area, it's worth having a look. The major attraction being the tubing along the Grand River. Rentals are available at a reasonable price, a school bus shuttle gets you to the start (or you may walk), and when you reach bottom, you walk back to your campsite, grab lunch, and do another run. In addition, a splash pad, sports field, trails, and great fishing make this a great place to go camping. Additional activities such as hiking, cycling, jogging, picnic and canoeing are also available. Nearby you can also go jump off the Elora Gorge quarry! The location of this park and campground is in close proximity to Toronto and makes for a great day trip as well. If you have dogs, bring them. The campground is perfect for walking dogs!