Voyageur offers a range of camping opportunities that will appeal to a diverse clientele. All three campgrounds are designed for car camping and the majority can accommodate larger camping units.
Site choices include waterfront, woodland, open field and mixed cover.
Voyageur offers car camping in three campgrounds; Champlain, Iroquois and Portage.
Each of the campgrounds offers some campsites with electrical hookup and each can accommodate a wide range of camping equipment. Champlain and Portage Campgrounds are better suited for visitors with larger camping units. Water taps, comfort stations and laundry facilities are available in each campground. Champlain has an adjacent beach and a small boat launching ramp. Iroquois and Portage share a beach located in Iroquois Campground.
Iroquois Campground has one loop set aside as a radio-free area. The sites are located in a forested section of the park and offer a more secluded, private experience without the noise of electronic audio equipment.
Iroquois Campground has one loop of 20 sites that are designated pet-free. These sites will appeal to those who prefer a camping experience without any noise or contact with domestic pets.
Voyageur has a Group Campground with five sites. Four of the sites can accommodate up to 100 people and one site is better suited for groups smaller than 50.
Water taps are within a short distance from each site. Toilets are located at each of the five sites.
Visitors to Voyageur should take advantage of the many opportunities available for land or water-based activities. Spend an afternoon relaxing at the beach, hike a nature trail, attend an education activity, canoe or paddleboat in the many tranquil bays, wet a fishing line or cool off with a swim at one of the four beaches. For a change of pace, why not pack a small lunch and picnic by a quiet spot along the shoreline.
Coureur des Bois Trail - 1.5km loop, 45 minutes, easy to moderate
This trail is the main park hiking trail. It winds through several terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Interpretive plaques are located at spots of interest.
A second walking trail links Champlain Campground to the day-use area. It is linear and is easy to navigate. A one-way trip takes about 15 to 20 minutes at a leisurely pace.
There are ample opportunities for canoeing at Voyageur. Since Voyageur is located on the reservoir of the Carillon Dam, the Ottawa River portion of the park is wide and more lake-like in nature. With no rapids or whitewater, canoeing can be a safe and somewhat leisurely activity. The park has many small bays and inlets where visitors can explore and view wildlife.
Voyageur has four beaches. The day-use picnic area has two beaches, one very close to the park store and the second beach is located near the park boat rental facility.
Champlain Campground has a sandy beach that is a short five minute walk from any of its campsites. Iroquois and Portage share a beach that is located in Iroquois Campground.
All beaches in the park have sand as well as a marked and buoyed swimming area.
There are two ramped launches for boating at Voyageur. The launch in Champlain Campground is better suited for smaller boats while the Iroquois/Portage launch can accommodate larger watercraft. The Ottawa River offers unlimited possibilities for boating activities including fishing and touring.
Dropping a line in the spring to catch catfish and barbotte (bullhead) is a popular local activity. In the summer, bass, pike, perch and walleye are the most abundant and most sought after game fish. Fishing from shore for panfish is fun for both the young and not-so-young visitor. The Park Store sells fishing tackle and worms during the spring and summer.
Although there are no formal bicycle paths at Voyageur, there is a paved road system of approximately 5 km for visitors to cycle and explore the park.
Natural Heritage Education staff offer guided hikes, children’s activities and campfire programs regularly throughout the summer. Programs are presented in both French and English. Children who participate in Natural Heritage Education activities have the opportunity to receive a Young Naturalist certificate.
Voyageur’s varied habitats make it a great location to view a diverse selection of bird species. In the spring and fall, the extensive marshland along the park’s north shore is an excellent staging ground for migrating waterfowl, among them both Canada and Snow Geese. Osprey and Bald Eagles are sighted regularly. Great Blue Herons are also common.
From mid-December to mid-March, the park operates and maintains a 10 km groomed and trackset cross-country ski trail. Trail lengths are arranged in 3 km, 7 km and 10 km loops. The terrain is relatively flat and is generally preferred by beginner to intermediate level skiers.
Those on snowshoes are welcome to explore any sections in the park but are not permitted on the ski trails.
Travelling on ice is not recommended.
Voyageur has a host of amenities for visitors wanting to camp or come for a day visit. Campgrounds are equipped with flush toilet comfort stations, laundry facilities and heated showers. The day-use area has two beaches, boat rentals and parking for up to 350 vehicles.
Many visitor needs can be met without leaving the park. The park store, located at the day-use area, offers camping supplies, firewood, fast food and groceries. The park even has camping equipment for rent in the event that you need extra supplies.
There are barrier-free comfort stations in each of the park’s campgrounds and at the day-use area. Campground comfort stations also have showers. One comfort station in each of the campgrounds is equipped with laundry facilities.
All comfort stations have flush toilets. The mini comfort station at the day-use area is also equipped with flush toilets.
All comfort stations and the main registration office are barrier-free. Barrier-free campsites, one with electrical service and one without, are located in Champlain Campground.
Voyageur has a large day-use picnic area with parking facilities for 350 vehicles. There are two beaches at the day-use area as well as picnic tables and barbeques. A larger barbeque suitable for groups is also available for rent. The park store is located at the day-use area and has a large selection of supplies and food items.
Each of the three campgrounds has one comfort station with laundry facilities.
There are two ramped launches for boating at Voyageur. The launch in Champlain Campground is better suited for smaller boats while the Iroquois/Portage launch can accommodate larger watercraft. Both launches have small docking facilities.
Voyageur offers rental equipment for boating and camping.
Visitors can rent canoes, paddleboats and kayaks at the boat rental facility located in the day-use area. A large group barbeque is also available for rent at the day-use picnic area.
For those requiring camping equipment, tents, sleeping bags and cook stoves are available for rent at the main registration office.
The park store is located at the day-use area and has a wide range of supplies to meet the requirements of both campers and day-users. Visitors can find grocery items such as bread, milk, eggs, cereal, cold meats, canned goods and beverages. A fast food section offers breakfast meals as well as burgers, hot dogs, fries, sandwiches, ice cream (both soft and hard) and confectionery treats.
Other camping necessities such as firewood, ice, insect repellent, sunscreen, tent pegs, ponchos, batteries, flashlights and tarps are also available.
All services, programming, signage and literature are offered in both French and English.
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