Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.
Travel across the diverse landscape between Midland and Kingston, encountering windswept pines and rocky outcrops of the Canadian Shield to the lush mixed forest of the Great Lake-St Lawrence Lowlands.
This route is renowned for its scenic beauty, Indigenous history and photo-worthy fishing.
For the Hurontario route, pack your hiking shoes, swimsuits and cameras.
Parks you’ll want to explore en route:*
Explore Frontenac’s 5,355 ha on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. This park makes a great daytrip, with a dozen beautiful hiking trails.
Visitors love the 100 m Mazinaw Rock, which featuring over 260 Indigenous pictographs. The park’s great hiking trails range from 1 km to 17 km in length. Take an Interpretive Boat Tours across Mazinaw Lake or take in a Natural Heritage Program.
A favourite with RVers, this small gem sits on a large lake. Explore by boat, stretch out on the beach, or rent a canoe or kayak. Lake St. Peter makes a great homebase for daytripping to nearby Algonquin or Silent Lake (free for day-use with your camping permit).
Silent Lake’s two campgrounds, Pincer Bay and Granite Ridge, are located in forested settings. The park hosts over 19 km of hiking trails and mountain biking trails (and 40 km of groomed ski trails in the winter!).
The day-use park is home to the largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings (petroglyphs) in Canada, depicting turtles, snakes, birds, humans and more; this sacred site is known as “The Teaching Rocks.” Stop by the Learning Place Visitor Centre to discover the traditions of the Nishnaabe people through the teachings of the medicine wheel.
It’s easy to get out on the water at Balsam Lake! The park offers canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals, and boasts good fishing for Walleye, Muskellunge, Large- and Small-mouth Bass. Balsam Lake has a range of campsites with and without electricity for tents and RVs.
Explore 31 km of trails crossing 2,900 hectares of forested land on the shores of Georgian Bay. Campers love shady, spacious campsites, many with electrical hook-ups for RVs.
Spend the morning on the large sandy beach on Lake Simcoe. Eat lunch on the grassy picnic area, then hike a shady forest trail. Campers love spacious electrical and non-electrical campsites with pull-through trailer sites.
*check park opening and closing dates to ensure availability.