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René Brunelle

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What you'll like:

  • A camping experience for everyone: RV, tent and trailer camping located near Kapuskasing. Seasonal site rental available.
  • Four sandy beaches on Remi Lake, a float plane base for many years in the early 1900s
  • Great Walleye, Northern pike and Small-mouth bass fishing along with a fish cleaning station.
  • New boat launch just outside the park and fish cleaning station
  • Two great hiking trails one which tells of a 1922 bush pilot plane crash
  • Motorboat, canoe, kayak and bike rentals
  • Excellent bird watching and wildlife viewing
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 88
  • Electrical Campsites - 60
  • Group Campsites - 1

Camping

This park offers camping in East Bay and the smaller Owl’s Nest Campgrounds and a large and outstanding group campsite with its own beach.


 

Car Camping

The Park has 88 secluded campsites, the majority with electricity, and all at a convenient distance from hot showers, laundromat and flush toilets. Seasonal campsites are also available.

 

Group Camping

One of the best group campsites in any park, this group site is beautiful, with its own beach that faces the undeveloped and wild north shore of the park and Remi Lake.  The site is separate from the main campground, is well landscaped and slopes down gently to the sand at the water’s edge. It can accommodate 20 trailers or more and is suitable for weddings, reunions and work retreats.  Reservations can be made during regular season by calling the park at 705-367-2692.

Highlights of Things to Do

René Brunelle, located on the east shores of Remi Lake, located in what geologists call the Great Clay Belt—an island of deep, fertile soil set in the midst of the rocky Canadian Shield. Thousands of years ago, a huge glacial lake covered the area. It left deposits of silt and clay sediment which foster an unusual medley of environments in the vast Boreal Forest. These include an expansive warm-water lake, some of the best beaches in the region and a rich and varied forest community.

A base for bush pilots for 20 years during the early part of the 1900s, much of Remi Lake near Kapuskasing, is now a park with four fine sandy beaches, excellent fishing, boating and swimming. Follow the Vigilance Trail for details of a 1922 plane crash or take Spruce Lowland Trail to see plant life typical of this fertile clay belt.


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.

La Vigilance Trail 1.5 km (1hour) easy

Discover this park’s place in the colourful history of northern aviation and the history of Remi Lake as a base for floatplanes in the 1920s, when aviation was in its infancy.

Spruce Lowland Trail 1.6 km (1 hour) easy
This trail offers a great opportunity to explore the Boreal Forest, passing through stands made up of Black Spruce, Balsam Fir, Trembling Aspen or Poplar and White Birch. These are common trees of the Boreal Forest, but the trail also passes through a stand of Black Ash growing in moist and poorly drained soil, which is found at the northern tip of its range and is uncommon here. The trail passes a very old spruce bog, with a range of wetland plants that thrive there, like Sphagnum Moss, Labrador Tea and Tamarack trees.

 
Canoeing

There are excellent canoeing opportunities on Remi Lake, especially exploring the park’s undeveloped north shore.

 
Swimming

The four sandy beaches, shallow, clear water and buoyed areas are perfect for family swimming. There are change facilities, a full-size sand volleyball court at the Day Use Area, and a place to play horseshoes.

 
Boating

Launch your boat and enjoy the ample boating opportunities on Remi Lake. A modern boat launch is located just off Provincial Park Road south of the park entrance. The park has docking facilities available for mooring campers’ boats.

 
Fishing

Fish for Walleye, Northern pike, Small-mouth bass, Lake whitefish and Yellow perch in Remi Lake. Then back on shore, clean your catch at the fish cleaning hut close to the floating docks.

 
Biking

There are no dedicated bike trails in the park - only park roads are available for biking, but just outside the park entrance are the Moonbeam Nature trails that offer kilometers of paved cycling, single track mountain biking and excellent bike riding.

 
Birding

This is an ecological region known as the Boreal Forest, often called the songbird nursery because so many nest here each summer. Many species of birds can be seen and heard throughout the park, even from your campsite. Warblers may be the most colourful and have the prettiest songs, but there are also many types of sparrows, flycatchers, thrushes, finches and woodpeckers. Spruce Grouse and their chicks are sometimes seen crossing park roads – keep and eye out for them and drive slowly!

Amenities

René Brunelle has a wide range of campsites suitable for RVs, tents and trailers, and a large number of electrical sites. Four beaches, a playground, a comfort station with showers and laundry facilities, and hiking trails make it a great family camping destination.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Our comfort station has flush toilets, mirrors, sinks, hand sanitizer and hand dryers, showers, and is barrier-free.

 
Flush Toilets

All park outhouses have flush toilets, sinks, mirrors, and hand sanitizer.

 
Barrier Free Access

The comfort station and showers are barrier-free, and we offer a barrier free campsite.

 
Day Use Area

Our day use area offers lots of room for picnics, with shaded areas along the shore, as well as a large children’s playground.

 
Laundry

There are washers and dryers, laundry tub and a laundry soap dispenser with common detergents for sale at all comfort stations.

 
Boat Launch

A modern boat launch is located just off Provincial Park Road south of the park entrance. The park has docking facilities available for mooring campers’ boats.

 
Rentals

The park rents motorboats, canoes, kayaks, peddle boats and bikes.

 
Park Store

The Park Store is found in the Main Gate House. A variety of supplies are available, from key needs like ice, bug spray and suntan lotion, to coffee, ice-cream and candy. You will also find a variety of Ontario Parks merchandise for the whole family.

 
French Language Services

Most of our staff is fully bilingual.

 
Picnic Shelter

Relax in the shade of our Picnic shelter on Phipps Point there is always a gentle breeze blowing and a great view of the lake.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

René Brunelle Provincial Park

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