Where to camp when your fave park is already full

Did you know over 50% of reservations made by the end of March are for our five most popular parks (Bon Echo, Algonquin, Sandbanks, Killbear, Pinery)?

If you can’t get a campsite at one of these parks, we’re got some suggestions we’re sure you’ll love…

When Bon Echo is full…

Try Murphys Point Provincial Park.

Murphys Point campsite

Murphys Point is south of Perth in eastern Ontario. It is part of the Frontenac Arch a geological phenomenon and recognized biosphere. Murphys Point offers excellent facilities, services and activities including a visitor centre and children’s programming. Enjoy guided tours of the restored Silver Queen mica mine, two pioneer homesteads and ruins of an early sawmill. There are canoes and BBQ rentals and boat-in sites as well as drive-to and backcountry sites.

When Algonquin’s full…

Try Samuel de Champlain or Arrowhead Provincial Parks.

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park is near the town of Mattawa, off the TransCanada Highway.

fishing on dock

This family-oriented provincial park is located on one of Canada’s most important routes of the fur trade era. New exhibits at the Voyageur Museum showcase the area’s fur trading history. Voyageur canoe rides and the Mattawa Voyageur Days help to bring history to life!

Arrowhead Provincial Park is north of Huntsville with easy access off of Highway 11.

Tent Trailer and vehicle with kayaks on roof racks on campsite at ArrowheadPP

There are electrical sites, cabins and a trail network that offers cycling as well as hiking. A mix of water-based activities can be enjoyed on Little and Big East Rivers and two park lakes are ideal for paddling and fishing. Three sandy beaches offer good swimming. Enjoy amphitheatre programming 2-3 nights a week and a children’s program twice weekly. The park also offers canoe, kayak and mountain bike rentals.

When Sandbanks and Presqu’ile are full…

Try Darlington or Ferris Provincial Park.

family with kite on Darlington beach

Located just east of Oshawa, Darlington offers a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, perfect for swimming, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Fishing is a popular activity for the whole family in Darlington’s McLaughlin Bay. You can even borrow fishing rods and tackle at the park store through the TackleShare program. Visitors love the forest trails, and during the summer months, programs are offered, including children’s activities, evening films, campfires and guided hikes.

Fall landscape with river and walking bridge across
Photo: Northumberland Tourism.

Visitors love the magnificent views of the Trent River gorge from the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge. Ferris‘s Valleyview Campground loop is set atop a forested drumlin, with some campsites providing a view across the Trent River Valley. The Bedrock Loop has some electrical campsites and is just a short walk to the playground and day-use picnic areas.

And Ferris is only 45 minutes from Presqu’ile and 1.25 hours from Sandbanks, so many visitors camp here and plan day trips to the beach!

When Killbear is full…

Try Grundy Lake Provincial Park, north of Parry Sound.

GrundyLake campers

Grundy Lake has comfortable, family camping at lakefront sites. Kids love the summer Natural Heritage Education Programs. Canoeing opportunities abound and park lakes provide access to famous Voyageur routes along French and Pickerel Rivers. The park is a meeting spot for families traveling south from Sudbury and north from the GTA. If you don’t have access to a car, Parkbus is offering late September transportation to and from Toronto (peak fall colours).

When Pinery’s full…

Try Inverhuron Provincial Park, near Tiverton, south of Owen Sound.

inverhuron beach at sunset

Prized for its sandy beach, dunes and sunsets, Inverhuron Provincial Park has outstanding swimming and well-treed campsites. Enjoy a full-range of facilities, including a laundromat and Park Store. Use your park camping permit for day visits to other Ontario Parks including MacGregor Point, Point Farms, Sauble Falls and The Pinery.

We have lots of beautiful parks

So if you can’t get a spot in your first choice, you can be sure there’s another campsite with your name on it nearby.

Many campsites are still available in the planning season and during the summer months. Check availability click here, or use the Park Locator Tool is also useful for searching new parks to visit.