Beat the heat this weekend by heading out to a park!
Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike! We even have a CABIN, and a trailer available.
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, July 14):
Rideau River is a great base for exploring Ottawa and the historic Rideau waterway. The park offers lots of opportunities for paddlers and boaters who want to explore. Visit this website and click on paddling guide 14 for points of interest near the park, for example, a 7 km paddle up Kemptville Creek to the town of Kemptville.
Rideau River is 40 minutes from Ottawa and 1.5 hours from Kingston.
At Ferris, you’ll find over 10 km of trails that take you through forest and riverside settings. The Ranney Falls trail follows the original roadway to Ferris Provincial Park before looping back along the river. The suspension bridge offers a panoramic view of the Trent River Gorge and — of course — the trail’s namesake Ranney Falls.
Ferris is 1.5 hours from Kingston and just over 2 hours from Toronto.
Darlington offers a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, perfect for swimming, on the shores of Lake Ontario. On Saturday July 16, Guest Speaker Chris Ketola will be leading a walk with a “bat detector” to try to identify some species that call Darlington home.
Darlington is 15 minutes from Oshawa, and 45 minutes from Toronto.
Earl Rowe offers some lovely hiking trails, including a paved accessibility trail. It also has a large outdoor swimming pool open which is now open! You can borrow TackleShare rods and reels at the Resource Centre at no charge.
Earl Rowe is 1.5 hours north of Toronto, and 45 minutes south of Barrie.
Parcs du Moyen-Nord
On Saturday, Samuel de Champlain will be hosting “Champlain’s Amazing Race.” You can take part in a family friendly race around the park to celebrate the 401st anniversary of Champlain’s travels down the Mattawa River. Visitors can also try their hand at paddling a replica Voyageur canoe.
Samuel de Champlain is 2 hours from Sudbury, and 3.5 hours from Ottawa.
There are still sites at Killbear? No way!
We can’t believe it either. Killbear is one of our most visited parks with its kilometres of rugged, rocky shoreline, numerous sand beaches and beautiful views of windswept pines on rocky islands.
Killbear is 3 hours from Toronto.
The cabin features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Outside you will find a gas barbeque, picnic table and breathtaking view of Fushimi Lake. A propane/electric fireplace provides additional comfort.
Fushimi Lake offers great fishing opportunities for walleye, northern pike, whitefish and yellow perch. You can clean your catch at the fish hut next to the boat launch.
Fushimi Lake is 3.5 hours from Timmins.
Spring-fed Fairbank Lake is a great place to spend a relaxing weekend. The crystal clear waters attract visitors from all over the region for snorkelling and swimming at the buoyed sandy beach.
Fairbank is 1 hour from Sudbury and 2 hours from North Bay.
Sleeping Giant’s travel trailers are equipped with a dinette, couch slide, screened in “add a room,” cook stove, fridge, air conditioner, heater, shower and two sinks with potable water.
Sleeping Giant has over 80 km of incredible hiking trails with many spectacular geological features such as the “Sea Lion” and Tee Harbour, and breathtaking views of Lake Superior. That A/C will sure feel nice after a long day of hiking.
Sleeping Giant is 1 hour from Thunder Bay.
The 40 metre high Kakabeka Falls is the second highest waterfall in Ontario with year round access for viewing. The park offers excellent views of the falls and gorge from the boardwalk that wraps around the top of the falls.
Kakabeka Falls is 30 minutes from Thunder Bay.