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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’ve got some suggestions we’re sure you’ll love…

When Bon Echo is full…

Try Murphys Point Provincial Park or Charleston Lake 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.

Charleston Lake is an ideal family camping destination, offering excellent swimming, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, and hiking.

The 2.6 km Sandstone Island Trail features incredible geology, overhanging cliffs, and a rock shelter that was used around 1,200 years ago by the Indigenous peoples of the area.

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent.

When Algonquin’s full…

Try Lake St. Peter or Bonnechere Provincial Parks.

beach

Lake St. Peter, located just outside of Algonquin Provincial Park, is perfect to explore by boat, canoe, or kayak. Many electric and waterfront campsites are available, all close to water taps and vault toilets.

Relax on their sandy beaches, or take on one of their hiking trails for a challenge.

person hiking with dog

Bonnechere, located 2 hours from Ottawa, is one of the Ottawa Valley’s hidden gems. Perfect for families, Bonnechere has it all: great swimming, paddling, hiking, and even an outdoor library!

Their private campsites keep campers coming back year after year, including some stunning waterfront campsites that allow you to launch your canoe or kayak right from your site!

If you’d rather leave your tent at home and enjoy the park with a roof over your head, the park has you covered with the Pine Shores Cottage or rustic cabins.

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 Six Mile Lake or Sturgeon Bay Provincial Parks.

Stand up paddleboarding

Conveniently located off Hwy 400, Six Mile Lake is well-known for recreational boating and fishing opportunities. Explore their three hiking trails, or take in the free Learn to Fish program to learn the ins and outs of fishing in Ontario. Canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and pedal boat rentals are available, and the park has a whole bay of the lake where motors aren’t permitted, so it’s nice and safe for beginners!

sunset

Sturgeon Bay is situated among the 30,000 Islands – just off Trans Canada Highway 69. Campers love Sturgeon Bay for charming campsites, with swimming, boating, canoeing and boat launch all within walking distance.

Four cottages are available for those who want to get away in style.

When Pinery’s full…

Try Point Farms Provincial Park. Just north of Goderich, Point Farms has the Pinery vibe without the crowds.

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Point Farms‘ campsites can accommodate any size of equipment — from small tents to large RVs. Take a dip in Lake Huron, and relax on their natural sandy beach. Known for their Halloween celebrations, Point Farms is a great option to extend your camping into the fall!

We have lots of beautiful parks

If you can’t get a spot at 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 to discover new parks to visit.