Pick your backcountry adventure

Choosing a park that offers the opportunities you are searching for can be the hardest part of the planning process.

Do you want to canoe or hike? Maybe a little of both? Are you looking to go out for two nights or two weeks? Do you want a challenging terrain or do you prefer a flat trail? Are you able to carry your canoe or kayak for 1400 m or do you prefer shorter portages?  The list of questions goes on.

We thought we would do some of the research for you.  Here are six different provincial parks that have great backcountry opportunities for beginners to advanced campers.

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2015 seasonal campsite program: Fushimi Lake, Rene Brunelle & Ivanhoe Lake

Fushimi Lake, Rene Brunelle & Ivanhoe Lake have been added to the 2015 Seasonal Campsite Program.  Applications for these parks will be accepted from October 23-November 14, 2014.  Successful applicants will be notified before November 28, 2014.

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Ontario Parks seasonal campsite program: 2015

Do you want to camp monthly or seasonally at Ontario Parks during the 2015 camping season?  Ontario Parks is once again offering the Seasonal Campsite Program.  It gives you the opportunity to reserve a campsite on a monthly/seasonal basis at select provincial parks participating in the Seasonal Campsite Program.

Wondering how you become eligible?  Submit your application to the park of your choice between October 6 and October 31, 2014.  Sites are allotted through a lottery system and successful applicants will be notified by November 22, 2014.


  1. Which campsites and dates are available and what are the rates? Click Here
  2. Where can you find an application? Click Here
  3. What are the deadlines?  Applications must be sent to an individual park between October 6 and October 31, 2014 via email and fax.
  4. Can you apply to more than one park?  Yes, you must send an application to each individual park, however, only one application per park per family unit.
  5. Do we need to put down a deposit?  Yes, once you have been contacted about your selection, a non-refundable $250 deposit must be made.
  6. Where can I find more information?  Contact the Park Superintendent at the specific park for additional terms and conditions.






Easy campsite recipes from Ontario Parks

Maybe it’s the additional oxygen you get when you’re outdoors, or all that exercise that makes you hungry. Whatever the reason, food always tastes better when you’re camping. Here are five favourite campsite recipes to try on your next camping trip to Ontario Parks. Three are classics and two come from new campers. They participated in our Learn to Camp program which challenges new campers to cook on a camp stove. We’ve also added a link to a post from a Bon Echo Provincial Park camper on how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey outdoors BBQ turkey for Thanksgiving? Why not?. You’ll find more campsite recipes plus meal planning tips on our Learn to Camp site .

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RV camping in late fall

RV travellers love fall at Ontario Parks even after Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). Some even camp in winter. Park staff affectionately call these campers ‘winter warriors’ since staying warm and maintaining the water systems in your RV in Ontario winter temperatures is a challenge.  These four Ontario Parks are your best bet for late fall camping in an RV. Know that trailer fill stations for water are normally closed later in the season, based on weather.  However, three parks have campgrounds offering electrical service, and comfort stations with hot showers that are open year round. The fourth, Killarney Provincial Park, does not have electrical service.  The park also closes its comfort stations and turns off its water systems following the Canadian Thanksgiving, but the bathrooms outside of the main office remain open along with a tap so campers can access water to fill large jugs. Don’t forget that you need a park permit to camp in any season at Ontario Parks. More detailed RV information is on the Ontario Parks web site.

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