Does the cold weather have you dreaming of sunny days on the beach and warm nights by the campfire?
Thanks to our five-month advance booking window, you can lock down your July campsite early!
Here’s a list of 10 parks sure to chase away the midwinter blues:
Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary seems like the right year for a special camping trip. If you’ve always wanted to explore Northern Ontario, Rene Brunelle is a great choice!
Nestled in the boreal forest, the park boasts amazing fishing and paddling opportunities. Motorboat, canoe, kayak and bike rentals are all available. Four sandy beaches, shallow, clear water and buoyed areas are perfect for family swimming.
Pst! A little birdie told us Rene Brunelle’s cabin is still available for the July long weekend!
45 minutes north of North Bay
Marten River is the southern gateway to the Temagami area and is a base for canoeists, boaters, hikers and anglers. Nearby, Kenny Forest Provincial Park has a number of large, interconnected lakes to paddle, and for whitewater enthusiasts, the Temagami River is a great canoe or whitewater kayak route, either for the day or overnight.
Prefer a slower pace? Relax at one of the park’s three beaches, engage in a beach volleyball game or enjoy a friendly game of horseshoes.
3 hours east of Thunder Bay, 4.5 hours north of Sault Ste Marie
Canada150 is a great year to plan a trip with some history. View a model of a former prisoner-of-war (POW) camp at the Visitor Centre and the actual remains of POW Camp 100, or see Pic Island as it was immortalized on canvas by Lawren Harris of the famous Canadian painting team, The Group of Seven.
3 hours east of Winnipeg, 5.5 hours west of Thunder Bay
Located on the shores of Lake of the Woods, Sioux Narrows offers recreation opportunities for the lake lover: boating, swimming, sailing and canoeing.
Internationally renowned for its walleye fishing, this is a bucket-list trip for passionate anglers.
1.5 hours south of Sudbury, 3 hours north of Toronto
Situated among the 30,000 Islands, just off of Trans-Canada Highway 69, Sturgeon Bay welcomes tent and RV campers. Canoe rentals and docking facilities are available, and visitors love the fishing opportunities.
Did you know Sturgeon Bay is only 40 minutes from Killbear and 1.5 hours from Killarney, with Grundy Lake and French River in between? Sturgeon Bay is an ideal homebase for exploration. (Pst! When you camp at a provincial park, your pass covers day-use at all other provincial parks!)
2.5 hours north of Ottawa, 1.5 hours southeast of North Bay
Picture yourself camping along the Ottawa River waterfront this Canada Day Weekend! Driftwood campers enjoy panoramic views of the scenic Upper Ottawa Valley and Laurentian Hills.
This peaceful, family-oriented setting is the ideal base camp for exploring the Ottawa River and the mouth of the Dumoine River by sea-kayak. And the sunsets are breath-taking.
3.5 hours from Toronto, 3 hours from Ottawa
Popular with RVers, the park boasts spacious sites, many overlooking the lake. Rent a canoe or kayak, cast your line, or spend the day on the beach.
Did you know Lake St. Peter is only 20 minutes from Algonquin’s East Gate? Savvy campers stay at Lake St. Peter tranquil campground, then day-trip up to Algonquin (Pst! When you camp at a provincial park, your pass covers day-use at all other provincial parks!)
1.5 hours west of Ottawa, 3 hours east of Toronto
Located on two beautiful, clear lakes, the park offer great swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing. Nature trails are picturesque and offer a great variety of scenery.
With all amenities within easy walking distance of the campground, Sharbot Lake is perfect for young families. The park is easily accessed from major Ontario city centres for those weekend getaways or longer vacations.
45 minutes southwest of Barrie, 1.5 hours north of Toronto
Earl Rowe campers can choose from a range of sites, from large, open campsites overlooking Ontario farmland to more private, treed sites.
Young anglers can borrow fishing gear and get a free lesson from the Learn to Fish team. Educational programs are offered throughout the summer season.
One hour from Detroit, Windsor and London
Wheatley’s campgrounds are situated among a tangle of creeks in a beautifully wooded Carolinian forest. The park sits on a major migratory bird route and provides excellent bird-watching.
Boosey Creek and Sugar Creek provide great opportunities for fishing. Kids love to dip their lines and see what they can catch (borrow equipment free from the TackleShare program).