Backcountry

Ontario Parks is a backcountry paddling paradise for canoeists, kayakers, and stand up paddle boarders. Whether you’re a first time backcountry camper looking for a family friendly experience, or a seasoned tripper seeking remote adventure, opportunities await! Prepare to experience beautiful nights under the stars following a rewarding day of paddling.

Appropriate route planning will make for the most enjoyable backcountry experience. For backcountry maps and assistance planning your trip, visit the park store or call the park you would like to visit for more information.

Parks that offer Backcountry Experiences

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Backcountry Camping - Quetico

Backcountry Camping - Quetico

Backcountry Camping - Kawartha Highlands

Backcountry Camping - Kawartha Highlands

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Northwest Wilderness Quest
Park Skill Level Access Type Flow Conditions Primary Attraction Amenities Marked Sites Marked Portages Are bottles/cans allowed? More Information
Algonquin All skill levels Drive to / Park Bus Both Wildlife Viewing Rustic Algonquin Area
Biscotasi Lake Intermediate Drive to/ Rail Both Heritage route Rustic Biscotasi Lake Area
Bon Echo Beginner Drive to Flatwater Family friendly Enhanced Bon Echo Area
Charleston Lake Beginner Drive to Flatwater Family friendly Enhanced NA Charleston Lake Area
Esker Lakes Beginner Drive to Flatwater Family friendly Rustic Esker Lakes Area
French River Intermediate Drive to Flatwater Heritage route Rustic French River Area
Frontenac Intermediate Drive to Flatwater Learning Rustic Frontenac Area
Fushimi Lake Beginner Drive to Flatwater Fishing Rustic NA Fushimi Lake Area
Grundy Lake Beginner Drive to / Park Bus Flatwater Family friendly Rustic Grundy Lake Area
Halfway Lake Beginner Drive to Flatwater Family friendly Rustic Halfway Lake Area
Kawartha Highlands All skill levels Drive to Both Learning Enhanced Kawartha Highlands Area
Killarney All skill levels Drive to / Park Bus Flatwater Heritage Route Rustic Killarney Area
Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Advanced Fly-in/ Paddle-in/ Forest Access Road Both Heritage route Rustic Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Area
Lake Superior All skill levels Drive to Flatwater Wildlife viewing Rustic Lake Superior Area
Makobe-Grays River Advanced Paddle-in/ Fly-in Whitewater Secluded Rustic Makobe-Grays River Area
Missinaibi Advanced Fly-in/ Paddle-in/ Forest Access Road Whitewater Secluded Rustic Missinaibi Area
Mississagi Beginner Drive to Flatwater Fishing Rustic Mississagi Area
Murphys Point Beginner Drive to Flatwater Family friendly Enhanced Murphys Point Area
Neys Beginner Drive to Flatwater Heritage route Rustic NA Neys Area
Obabika River Intermediate Paddle-in/ Fly-in Flatwater Heritage route Rustic Obabika River Area
Quetico Intermediate Drive to/ Paddle-In Flatwater Secluded Primitive Quetico Area
Restoule Beginner Drive to Flatwater Family friendly Rustic Restoule Area
Sleeping Giant Advanced Drive to Flatwater Wildlife viewing Rustic NA Sleeping Giant Area
Solace Intermediate Paddle-in/ Fly-in Flatwater Secluded Rustic Solace Area
Spanish River Intermediate Drive to/ Rail Whitewater Heritage route Rustic Spanish River Area
Sturgeon River Advanced Fly-in/ Paddle-in/ Forest Access Road Whitewater Secluded Rustic Sturgeon River Area
The Massasauga All skill levels Drive to Flatwater Family friendly Enhanced The Massasauga Area
Tidewater Intermediate Paddle-in/ Fly-in Both Secluded Rustic NA NA Tidewater Area
Wabakimi Advanced Fly-in/ Paddle-in/ Forest Access Road/ Rail Both Fishing Primitive Wabakimi Area
Wakami Lake Beginner Drive to Flatwater Wildlife viewing Enhanced Wakami Lake Area
Woodland Caribou Advanced Paddle-in/ Drive to/ Fly-in Both Secluded Primitive Woodland Caribou Area