Crave the warm welcome, soft bed, and hearty meals of a bed & breakfast on your travels? Eager to explore Ontario’s breathtaking natural landscapes?
Why not do both?
Book a stay in a cozy bed & breakfast, and use it as a homebase for daily excursions into parks.
We chatted with the Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation to uncover nine of the best B&B/provincial park combos across Ontario.
30 minutes from Charleston Lake Provincial Park
The B&B: A 1905 Victorian mansion, Sleepy Hollow is an Ontario Designated Heritage building. Revel in the ambiance of a bygone era, or head out on a walking tour of Gananoque. The B&B is happy to recommend the best restaurants, pizza joints, and pubs.
The park: Charleston Lake offers many opportunities for paddle sport enthusiasts, and the park is widely known as an excellent fishing destination. Hikers love the rocky lake and forest landscape that is an extension of the Canadian Shield.
15 minutes from Sandbanks Provincial Park
The B&B: Nap-n-Nosh is known for its gourmet breakfasts and landscaped grounds (complete with gazebos and pond). It’s located in the centre of 50+ wineries and breweries, numerous museums, fine dining, and the largest concentration of artists in Ontario.
An Ontario Parks day-pass is available for guests to sign out on a first-come basis.
The park: Sandbanks is home to the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation, and boasts three expansive sandy beaches that some say are among the best in Canada.
10 minutes from Arrowhead Provincial Park
The B&B: Muskoka Dream Catcher is located steps from the shops and restaurants of downtown Huntsville. Relax in the soaker tub and indulge in a selection of homemade goodies.
The park: Arrowhead‘s 13 km of trails circle ancient bluffs and spring-fed lakes. Enjoy an afternoon on the park’s sandy beaches, or try some trout fishing from a stocked lake.
Muskoka Dream Catcher B&B is also only 40 minutes from Algonquin Provincial Park.
30 minutes from Presqu’ile Provincial Park
The B&B: Montrose Inn has a great freshly-prepared hot breakfast every day (and are happy to provide gluten-free or vegetarian options). Additionally, the Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club is less than 1 km from the Inn, and hosts a fabulous restaurant. All guestrooms have a view of the Bay of Quinte.
The park: Presqu’ile is a migration hotspot that birders will love. Explore 16 km of trails along shorelines and through woodlands and meadows. As an overnight guest at the Inn, you can order a hearty picnic lunch to eat on the shores of Lake Ontario.
40 minutes from Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
The B&B: Eldorado Beach on Lake Superior is a comfortable B&B situated just from the shore. Relax in a whirlpool on the outdoor deck overlooking Lake Superior, or doze by the fire in the guest lounge.
The park: With over 80km of incredible hiking trails, Sleeping Giant‘s visitors enjoy spectacular geological features such as the “Sea Lion” and Tee Harbour. Paddle Marie Louise Lake, scale the “Giant,” and keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant wildlife of Ontario’s boreal forest.
Less than 1 hour from MacGregor Point Provincial Park
The B&B: A century home with today’s comforts, Between the Maples affords guests a view of Georgian Bay. Stroll along the Marina and the harbourfront to Owen Sound’s downtown dining, museum and shopping.
The park: MacGregor Point is one of the most ecologically diverse natural places along the Lake Huron shoreline.
Between the Maples is also only 30 minutes from Sauble Falls Provincial Park, and just over 1 hour from Inverhuron Provincial Park.
20 minutes from Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
The B&B: This luxurious three-bedroom B&B is nestled on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. This estate home offers an indoor pool, hot tub, free wi-fi, elevator and cozy common rooms complete with fireplace and beautiful views.
The park: Forks of the Credit is on the famous Bruce Trail, and day-trippers love to visit for scenic hiking, fishing and picnicking.
10 minutes from Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
The B&B: Experience warm, year-round hospitality at Casa Wasaga B&B — modern, spacious, private, and pet friendly. CasaWasaga may not look like a traditional B&B, but it’s outfitted it with modern features and amenities to make your travels exceptionally comfortable, relaxing, and fulfilling.
The park: Wasaga Beach is home to the longest freshwater beach in the world with of safe, sandy shore. Stroll over for a day by the water!
10 minutes from Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
The B&B: Close to Blue Mountain and Collingwood, this beach home is adjacent to bike trails and only a block away from shopping, restaurants and bars. After your sunset stroll, enjoy a campfire beside a burbling waterfall.
The park: Wasaga Beach’s visitor center is the gateway to the Nancy Island Historic Site which features a theater, a museum and a replica of a Great Lakes lighthouse. Guests also love to hike the dunes, paddle the Nottawasaga River, or simply lay on the beach.
Ready for a vacation that blends comfort and exploration?
Head to one of these park/B&B combos, or search the Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation’s database for a B&B near your favourite provincial park!