Our Ontario Parks RV family vacation

Today’s post comes from Mary, the mom behind the Flying Couponer. Mary and her family were the first of six content creators invited to document and share their Ontario Parks RV experience in a custom wrapped RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations. 

If you’re looking for a fun way to explore Ontario Parks, travelling in an RV is a great way to go. In my opinion, it is the best way to experience everything that provincial parks have to offer.

It is like taking your house with you while stopping anywhere you want at any time. It is an absolutely unique way to go around and discover Ontario. With so many parks and campgrounds to choose from, Ontario will amaze you, again and again.

This is exactly what happened to us when we travelled to multiple provincial parks in this fabulous RV. We were amazed at the beauty and the character that make each park so unique.

Ontario Parks wrapped RV parked outside of Motor Home rental place

It all started when we were invited to take part in Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary celebration. We were chosen amongst other amazing travel writers to visit the stunningly beautiful landscapes of our province driving a custom-wrapped RV on a pre-determined route.

Algonquin Provincial Park

We started our RV adventure by exploring Algonquin Provincial Park on August 22, 2018. We were really excited to make history by attending the OP125 Time Capsule Ceremony at Algonquin Provincial Park’s Visitor Centre. Did you know that Algonquin is Ontario’s oldest provincial park?

Algonquin Provincial Park tabloid, braided sweet grass, and other items inside the time capsule
Some of the items buried in the OP125 time capsule

Our first night in the RV at Algonquin was a lot of fun. We made lots of new friends who were circling around the RV, curious to know who we were. We actually met some of my readers along the way who were following our adventure on social media. How fun is that?!

Panoramic shot of forest landscape on a cloudy day
View from the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre lookout

That night we finally understood how the RV’s two electrical systems work and what they power. I was beyond excited to finally be able to charge my phone.

Oxtongue River – Ragged Falls Provincial Park

On the second day, we drove to Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park, which is very close to Algonquin Provincial Park. We spent a few hours hiking and being mesmerized by the falls.

The view was breathtaking and the sound of the water was relaxing! The falls are one of the top 10 waterfalls in Ontario! There are no overnight camping facilities at this park, so that afternoon we made our way to our next destination, Arrowhead Provincial Park.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

When we arrived, I noticed right away that our campsite was covered with perfectly soft and golden sand. We enjoyed swimming that evening and canoeing the next morning.

View from the front of the canoe of bridge over a river with forest on both sides

The canoe ride was the highlight of the day. The views were stunning and it was a lot of fun. The sand beaches were absolutely clean and beautiful. We also took our first shower in the RV, with cold water. Ha ha – it’s best to turn on the water heater before jumping in the shower. Lesson learned.

Man at RV pit stop with wrapped RV

The next morning, we made our first pit stop to replenish the water tank and empty the waste tank. We almost looked like we had done this before. It was really easy to do.

Restoule Provincial Park

We saw so many deer, turtles, and friendly chipmunks while at Restoule Provincial Park. Our site was surrounded by a stunning maple forest. It was very quiet and private.

Our afternoon was spent hiking the Rangers Point Trail and relaxing at the spectacular waterfront picnic sites facing the Stormy Lake Bluff and historic Fire Tower. It was so beautiful and absolutely peaceful.

View from behind of two people biking up a path in the forest

We also enjoyed biking around the park with the amazing Giant mountain bikes available for rental at the park.

Six Mile Lake Provincial Park

Six Mile Lake is well-known for recreational boating and fishing. So we did just that. We fished from the dock and all caught several fish (which the kids released back into the water).

A man and two children fishing off a dock on a lake surrounded by trees

We also fished directly from parts of the beaches. It was a lot of fun!

Later, we had a great time hiking the Living Edge Trail at Six Mile Lake and saw beaver lodges in wetland areas along the way. The view was spectacular and the air was filled with a wonderful pine smell. Absolutely a day to remember.

beaver lodge on pond
Beaver lodge along the Living Edge Trail

We definitely didn’t want this trip to end. We had so much fun during our RV trip around provincial parks that the kids literally had a tiny break down on the last day. That is how much we enjoyed the RV and visiting these parks.

We have no choice but to go back and explore some more. There are still so many things we didn’t have time to do. We are all very excited to plan our next trip to more provincial parks. See you soon!

About me: I’m Mary, the mom behind The Flying Couponer. I have two beautiful daughters and a loving husband that always support all my genius ideas, good or not. Ah! They are my world and I couldn’t be more proud of them!

Follow the RV’s journey through parks across the province on social media, and share your own RV experiences using #OPescape and #OP125.