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What you'll like:

  • Great family camping experience
  • Located in the heart of the Kawarthas
  • Excellent fishing opportunities
  • Boating and paddling on the Trent Severn Waterway
  • Fantastic fall camping and colours

Learn to Camp Program Available

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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 300
  • Electrical Campsites - 170
  • Group Campsites - 3


Emily Provincial Park offers many large, private campsites. Over 150 have electrical service. Amenities such as comfort stations, water taps, and laundry facilities are centrally located in the campgrounds.  Each site has a fire pit, picnic table and parking space.


Car Camping

Emily offers car camping in four campgrounds. The Lookout, Hill, and Circle Campgrounds offer many large, private and grassy sites that can accommodate various types of equipment ranging from tents to large trailers. Many of the sites offer electrical hookups.

Cedars Campground offers private tent only sites. Sites in the Cedars Campground are non-electrical.


Radio-Free Camping

Campsites #1 to #36 in the Cedar Campground are radio-free.


Group Camping

Group camping is a service provided in many of Ontario’s Provincial Parks. It provides an opportunity for organized groups to camp together. Although any group of persons may apply for a group campsite, preference is given to specialized and/or youth groups.

Emily Provincial Park operates three group camping areas, with all group campsites accommodating a maximum of 50 people per site. 

Campsites 1 and 2 are for TENTS ONLY. Campsite 3 can accommodate up to ONE TRAILER. Electricity on site (2 x 15 amp, 2 x 30 amp). Group campsites are not designed for large trailers. They have serious impact on the sites. This can lead to degradation and potential closing of sites.

Park Rules and Regulations:
All regulations associated with provincial parks apply to group camping. Please call the park office for more information in regards to rules and regulations

It is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure that the campsite and associated facilities are maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at ALL TIMES. Litter can quickly overrun a campsite, and will lead to degradation of the site. Bagged garbage should be removed regularly to the designated waste disposal areas within the park.

In the event of a cancellation, the party will have forfeited the reservation fee, charged a cancellation fee and will be refunded 50% of their deposit.


Before a reservation can be made the APPLICATION FOR USE OF GROUP CAMPING AREA form must be completed and mailed to the park for approval by the Park Superintendent. Applications can be sent anytime after February 1st.

Once the application has been sent to the park, it is the responsibility of the applying group to contact the park to confirm their reservation.

For the 2014 season the park will begin confirming reservations April 7, 2014.

Example 1: Your arrival date is May 15, 2014. The first day you can call to confirm the reservation is April 7, 2014.
Example 2: Your arrival date is July 20, 2014. The first day you can call to confirm the reservation is May 20, 2014.

The reservations will be made on a first come first serve basis. The park office will process reservations Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. If you are calling after office hours/on the weekend and/or do not speak with a park staff member directly, a detailed voice message with the particulars of your application request is accepted.

Highlights of Things to Do

Bordering the quiet Pigeon River, this recreational park near Peterborough offers family swimming at two sandy beaches, fishing and a chance to go for a paddle. Enjoy canoeing or kayaking along the river’s shoreline. Explore a wetland where there are numerous wildlife viewing opportunities.

Emily Provincial Park is located in the heart of the Kawarthas and is a great destination to enjoy a multitude of experiences.

Just the Facts


The wide Pigeon River offers excellent canoeing for beginners. If you do not have a canoe, you can rent one at the Park Store. Many unique frogs and birds can be found in the wetland along the River. Head out exploring to see wetland wildlife in their natural home.


Two sandy beaches border the Pigeon River. The beaches are shallow and warm. Swimming areas are marked with buoys. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted.


Pigeon River leads to the Trent Severn Waterway. This canal system links Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay and is popular with recreational boaters. There are two boat launches located in the park.


Drop your line off the park dock for panfish or cast off from your boat for a larger catch such as walleye, muskie and Large and Small Mouth Bass. Live bait and tackle are available at the Park Store.


Quiet campground roads and the nearby Trans Canada Trail offer ample opportunities for biking. For more information check out www.kawarthatranscanadatrail.ca.

Natural Heritage Education

Throughout the summer, park staff provide a number of different educational activities including campfire programs, children’s programs, and information displays. Event schedules are posted on activity boards throughout the park.

Winter Activities

The park is accessible during the day for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or winter hiking. All facilities are closed and parking is limited.


Enjoy large private campsites with all the amenities. Comfort stations are centrally located and provide flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities.

Stop by the park store to purchase firewood, ice, as well as camper suppliers and ice cream. Get out on the water and explore the marvellous wetland. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent from the park store throughout the summer months.

Just the Facts

Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and showers are located in the Hill and Circle Campgrounds. There are also laundry facilities.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are available in the comfort stations in the Circle and Hill Campgrounds.

Barrier Free Access

Campsites #701 and #702 are barrier-free. These sites are beside the Hill Campground comfort station. The showers and flush toilets at this comfort station are also barrier-free.

Day Use Area

The day-use area offers a sandy beach as well as shady areas for picnicking.  Picnic tables, water taps, and a comfort station are nearby.


Laundry facilities are located in the comfort stations in the Hill and Circle Campgrounds.

Boat Launch

Two boat launches provide easy access to Pigeon Lake.


Canoes, kayaks and, pedal boats are available for rent throughout the summer months. Please contact the park directly for availability. All necessary safety equipment is included.

Personal Floation Devices (PFDs) are available for loan at the park store. For a $25 refundable deposit, visitors can borrow a properly fitted PFD for themselves and their children. Staff can provide additional information and can outfit visitors with a PFD.

Through the TackleShare program, sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, park visitors who don’t own their own equipment can borrow fishing rods, reels and tackle.

Park Store

The park store is located near the day-use beach. There you can buy firewood, basic groceries, snack foods and park souvenirs. After a hot day on the beach visit the park store to cool of with an ice cream cone.

Picnic Shelter

Two group picnic areas complete with shelters are available for rent. One of the shelters offers electricity. For more information please contact the park directly.

Park Location

Park features on this map are representative only and may not accurately depict regulated park boundaries. For official map representation of provincial parks, visit Ontario's Crown Land Use Policy Atlas.

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban


There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water


There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting


The recreational water quality at the Day Use Beach (North Beach) exceeds provincial standards. South Beach is still open and available for recreational activities.

Emily Provincial Park

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