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Fairbank

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What you'll like:

  • Spring-fed Fairbank Lake, is crystal clear with great swimming at the buoyed sandy beach.
  • Family oriented with waterfront campsites, located near Sudbury.
  • Popular outdoor destination in the region for over 50 years!
  • Interesting geology linked to its location on the very edge of the Sudbury Basin – a huge crater produced by a meteorite strike over a billion years ago.
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 160
  • Electrical Campsites - 40

Camping

Fairbank Provincial Park offers basic car campsites in two large loops connected by several rows of campsites.  Waterfront sites stretch along a point out into Fairbank Lake.  Group camping is also available.


 

Car Camping

Campsites include a picnic table, fireplace and nearby amenities.  Many are located along the waterfront and 25% are electrical sites.

 

Group Camping

Fairbank Provincial Park provides a beautiful and isolated group camping area.  Located just before the campground, and a short walk to the beach, the site comes with a horseshoe pit, fire pit, water tap and bathrooms.  The site will accommodate four to six small trailers and five to ten tents. Group camping reservations can be made at the park gatehouse or by contacting the park directly at 705-866-0530.

Highlights of Things to Do

Located on beautiful spring-fed Fairbank Lake, this small popular park has been a choice camper destination since 1958. The crystal clear waters attract visitors from all over the region with snorkelling, swimming, fishing and boating being popular summer activities.

The landscape of the park has been influenced by its glacial history and evidence of this is visible in the ice-scoured outcrops, rolling bedrock and gravel deposits. A billion years before the glaciers, a large meteorite smashed into the Earth forming a crater 60 km across. Fairbank Lake sits on the edge of this crater, now called the Sudbury Basin. The most obvious feature of this explosive past in the park is the Fairbank Fault, a fracture in the Earth’s crust which can be seen from the park’s hiking trail.

Although it is unusual to find hardwood trees this far north, the park boasts a pocket of giant maple and yellow birch trees. The trees line the roads and campsites, providing cool shade in the summer and a spectacular show of colour in autumn.

Wooded campsites, a playground, large comfort station, picnic shelter, boat launch and beautiful day-use area make Fairbank a popular family vacation destination.


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Wa-Shai-Ga-Mog is the original name of Fairbank Lake and is the Ojibway word for “clear water”. A fitting name for a lake where it is possible to see for over 8 m (24 feet) into the spring fed lake. This short but challenging trail travels up bedrock outcrops and provides panoramic views of the surrounding forests, the Fairbank Fault and of course the beautiful blue waters of Fairbank Lake. Be sure to bring your camera!
Rating: Easy - Length: 0.5 km, 30 minutes

 
Canoeing

Fairbank Lake is a popular boating destination in the Sudbury Area for canoeing and kayaking.

 
Swimming

The crystal clear waters attract visitors from all over the region for snorkelling and swimming. Families can swim safely in a buoyed area at the long sandy beach. Please note: lifeguards are not posted on the beach.

 
Boating

Boating is a popular summer activity.

 
Fishing

Fairbank Lake is a favourite of anglers looking to reel in Smallmouth Bass and Lake Trout.

 
Birding

Fairbank isn’t known for any rare species or significant migrations, but it does have a wide variety of birds. The typical residents of the northern forests make Fairbank their home: woodpeckers, warblers, loons and ducks.

Amenities

Fairbank Provincial Park offers an exceptional family camping atmosphere and one of the clearest lakes you will ever see. Take a stroll beneath the giant hardwoods, stare at the starry sky or spend your day swimming in the spring-fed waters of Fairbank Lake. Up for a hike? The Wa-Shia-Ga-Mog trail will take you up and over the Canadian Shield and provide picturesque views of the lake and forest. Regardless of what you do, Fairbank provides the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Fairbank has a large comfort station in the campground which features flush toilets, hot showers, sinks, change tables and laundry facilities.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located in the campground comfort station.

 
Barrier Free Access

Fairbank has one barrier-free campsite.

 
Day Use Area

The picnic grounds feature a picnic shelter and a playground.

The crystal clear waters attract visitors from all over the region with snorkelling, swimming, fishing and boating being popular summer activities

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are located in the campground comfort station.

 
Boat Launch

Fairbank features a large cement boat launch, dock and parking lot.

 
Rentals

Fairbank offers canoe rentals.

 
Park Store

Ontario Parks merchandise is available in the gatehouse.

 
French Language Services
 
Picnic Shelter

There is one picnic shelter in the park.

 
Pet Exercise Area

Pet exercise Area is located at the boat launch.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

Yes

Boil Water advisory is in effect as a precaution. Before drinking water should be boiled for 5 minutes.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

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