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What you'll like:

  • Enjoy one the finest sand beaches on Lake Superior’s north shore.
  • View a model of a former prisoner-of-war (POW) camp at the Visitor Centre and the actual remains of POW Camp 100.
  • See Pic Island as it was immortalized on canvas by Lawren Harris of the famous Canadian painting team, The Group of Seven.
  • Enjoy viewing sub-Arctic plants and a chance to see an elusive Woodland Caribou.
  • For novice or experienced paddlers alike, take a cruise along the pristine Lake Superior shoreline and enjoy the park from a different view.
  • Hike our trails and experience the many ecosystems, flora, fauna and geological formations that Neys has to offer.
  • Hike the trails with your camera and photograph the newly emerging plant life.
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 144
  • Electrical Campsites - 61

Camping

Neys offers campers a quiet, well-maintained park, private campsites and all the amenities of home while being situated on some of the most prime real estate that the north shore of Lake Superior has to offer.


 

Car Camping

Neys has almost 150 campsites, almost half of which are electrical. Campground Areas 1, 2 and 3 face Lake Superior while Area 4 is in a wooded loop away from the lake.

Area 1 is relatively open and offers spectacular views of Lake Superior. All sites in this area are electrified. Most are all pull-through and are suitable for larger vehicles. Areas 2 and 3 also have some electrical sites, with Area 3 offering more shade. A comfort station is located between Areas 1 and 2.

Area 4 is more suited to tents and tent-trailers and offers partially shaded campsites.

Neys offers two barrier-free campsites.

Highlights of Things to Do

Neys is rich in cultural history; it was previously the site of Neys Camp 100: a WWII prisoner-of-war-camp, it was a favourite painting location of the Group of Seven and early explorers and Voyageurs passed by.  Visitors today can take in our daily activities at the Visitor Centre or attend an evening program hosted by park staff.

Play on the sand beach with the kids or hike one of our four hiking trails. Learn about the different ecosystems within Neys or the ancient geological formations along the rugged coastline.

Rent a canoe from one of our friendly gate attendants and paddle up the Little Pic River, taking in the breathtaking canyon walls as Bald Eagles soar overhead scouting for their next fish dinner. If the big lake is cooperating and you are a more experienced paddler, glide along the magnificent Lake Superior shoreline while observing the underwater features in the crystal clear, pristine water.


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.

Dune Trail - 1 km loop (30 minutes), easy

As you walk along this short trail, take note of the delicate dune vegetation and then compare it with the plants of the boreal forest at the back of the loop.

Lookout Trail - 2 km (1 hour), moderate
This trail takes you to some spectacular vantage points overlooking Lake Superior. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Point Trail - 1.5 return (1 hour), easy

The trail begins at Prisoner’s Cove, curves along the shore and ends at rocky Prisoner Point and a view of formidable Lake Superior. Notice the delicate plants that have made this inhospitable place their home. Rocks are slippery when wet. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Under the Volcano Trail - 1 km return (1 hour), moderate

Eleven interpretive panels explain the unique geology and geomorphology of Neys along this shoreline trail that passes over rugged and smooth rocks. Rocks are slippery when wet. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

 
Canoeing

Canoe the pristine waters of Lake Superior or explore the Little Pic River. Bring your own canoe or rent one from the park. Launch along the sandy beach or at the boat launch located on the Little Pic River.

 
Swimming

Neys’ spectacular two kilometre beach is situated on Ashburton Bay on Lake Superior. The bay is relatively shallow and sandy, so in the heat of the summer you are able to take a refreshing dip in the notoriously cold Lake Superior and actually enjoy the experience! Visitors can also swim in the Little Pic River.

 
Boating

Launch your boat at a ramp on Little Pic River to enjoy the spectacular views from offshore.

 
Fishing

Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, whitefish and salmon are found in the waters of Lake Superior.

 
Biking

Bicycles are a great way to explore the campground and are encouraged as a mode of transportation within the park. They are permitted on park roads but not on the trail system.

 
Natural Heritage Education

During the summer, Natural Heritage Education leaders offer guided walks, children’s programs, evening slide talks and movie nights. Look for special events on weekends. Superior Sand and Sun is held annually in mid-July. Neys Nostalgia Days, traditionally held on the second weekend in August, gives visitors a chance to meet the spirits of the past including the prisoners-of-war who once stayed in this remote spot, voyageurs who passed by here, Canadian Pacific Rail navvies, loggers and fishermen. Come visit us at our newly renovated Visitor Centre!

 
Birding

Birders at Neys can expect to see birds typical of the boreal forest.

 
Hunting

Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local Ministry of Natural Resources office.

Amenities

Neys offers many amenities that will make your stay here more enjoyable. A comfort station which is centrally located in the park provides access to flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Vault privies are conveniently located throughout the park. Clean, safe drinking water is accessible at one of our many water taps and there is a trailer dumping and filling station.

Rent a canoe and paddle along the Little Pic River or out on Lake Superior (providing the weather is cooperating). All canoe rentals come with a boat safety kit, personal floatation devices (PFDs) and paddles. Firewood is also available for purchase from our gate attendants.

Experience everything our wonderful Natural Heritage Education staff have to offer; whether you take in a program, guided hike, skit, guest speaker or simply explore and admire all of the displays located in our newly renovated Visitor Centre.  Stop by the Park Store, located in the gate house, to pick-up a souvenir gift to remember your trip to beautiful Neys Provincial Park.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

A comfort station with showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities is located centrally within the park between Campground Areas 1 and 2.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located in the comfort station between Campground Areas 1 and 2.

 
Barrier Free Access

The Visitor Centre and the comfort station, including laundromat, flush toilets, and showers offer barrier-free access.

 
Day Use Area

Picnic areas are found at either end of a spectacular two kilometre beach that slopes into the cool waters of Lake Superior. A playground at the south end will keep the children occupied. Toilets are conveniently located nearby.

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are located in the comfort station between Campground Areas 1 and 2.

 
Boat Launch

A boat launch is located on the Little Pic River near the entrance to Campground Area 4.

 
Rentals

Neys has canoes available for rent. All canoe rentals come with a boat safety kit, personal floatation devices (PFDs) and paddles.

 
Park Store

Stop by the Park Store to pick up a souvenir of your stay at Neys.

 
Picnic Shelter

A picnic shelter is located at the day-use area at the west end of the park. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 
Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre at Neys is open daily during the summer months.  It features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the park and has been recently renovated.

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

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.


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