There are so many spectacular parts of Ontario. And travel park to park can be easy and a great way to meet others and gain in-depth experiences in both the natural and cultural landscape of our beautiful province. Here are few suggested routes to try – you can drive the entire route or just part. Be sure to let us know about your experiences – we love getting photos and tips from travellers. Facebook. Twitter.
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Drive this renowned route between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay along Lake Superior’s majestic north shore. Make camping or daytrip stops along this route for stunning views of Lake Superior including cliffs and beaches as well as opportunities for wildlife viewing. Motorcyclists have discovered this “bucket-list” route. If camping is not your preference, purchase a seasonal pass for spectacular stops all the way along.
Parks you’ll want to explore en route:
For further information on this route: www.ridelakesuperior.com/must-see.php
Drive this route through spectacular scenery and iconic tourism spots and explore the many varied landscapes including:
Parks to explore en route:
For further information on this route: www.visitgeorgianbay.ca/
Following in the footsteps of First Nations people, European explorers, fur traders and loggers, this is a great route for the history buff! Basecamp at Rideau River Provincial Park to explore Ottawa’s many museums and historical attractions. Then follow the river northwards to explore one of the greatest rivers in North America.
Parks to stop and camp in along this route:
For more information on this route: www.OttawaRiver.org
A very popular route with overseas travellers as it provides a sampling of highlights of Ontario including Toronto, Ottawa and Algonquin Provincial Park. This is a spectacular route in the fall!
Parks along this route:
Or take an alternate route to back to the GTA through Peterborough, stopping at the Petroglyphs. North America’s largest concentration of aboriginal rock carvings (“glyphs”) is protected in this park. Silent Lake is a great stop for hiking and mountain biking and also offers yurt-style roofed accommodation. End your trip at Darlington Provincial Park – close to drop-off points for rental RVs.
Parks along this alternate route:
This route offers a compelling alternative to busy main highways. The route crosses the scenic landscape of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a granite bridge that connects the Canadian Shield and the Adirondack Mountains. The Rideau Heritage Route offers a range of interesting communities with small town architecture and artisan shops. The cultural heritage of the waterway itself is an engineering marvel and designated a UNESCO World Heritage. The canal and lock stations, many with picnic facilities is maintained by Parks Canada.
The range of walking and exploring opportunities are enhanced by several Ontario Parks along the route:
For more information on this route:
Beach parks and small town exploring make this a fun trip. Explore for fossils at Rock Point Provincial Park. Golf a round or use Turkey Point as a base camp to explore the area. Camp among the dunes at Long Point Provincial Park and take in one of Ontario’s most beautiful beaches. Also nearby, Port Burwell’s 2.5 km long beach is a family favourite! Continue westward to sample the unique Carolinian forests of Rondeau and Wheatley Provincial Parks. Use them as a basecamp to explore the area’s burgeoning wine country and historic attractions. This is a particularly amazing route during the spring and fall bird migrations. Seasonally, be sure to pick up local produce and foods at one of the many farm markets in this region. This trail is an excellent trail for bicycle or motorcycle by day or longer with many parks for camping and/or day use.
Parks along this route:
This is the road less travelled, but full of northern attractions. Marten River Provincial Park offers scenic campsites and a replica 19th century logging camp. Their annual Marten River Logging Days in July is a great event to time your trip around. The region is known for its massive white pine remnants of old-growth forests. A bit further north, Finlayson Point, is a base to explore the Temagami Region – climb the Caribou Mountain lookout and fire tower for a great overview of the landscape. Stop at Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park, to hike the spectacular trail to the waterfalls on the Englehart River and camp in peaceful surroundings. Esker Lakes and Kettle Lake Provincial Parks share a very unique glaciated landscape characterized by over 50 lakes located on the 250 km long gravel ridge known as the Munroe Esker. Plan your trip during blueberry season; there are many stops along the way to pick, buy or celebrate this delicious northern berry! Keep your binoculars handy to spot the unusual “Spirit Moose” (link to www.northernontario.travel/northeastern-ontario/in-search-of-the-spirit-moose-foleyet-ontarios-mysterious-white-moose-population , a white moose (not albino) similar to BCs “Spirit Bear” is often seen near Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park.
Parks along this route:
There are two options to return to the Sudbury area:
Or the shorter
Ontario Parks make excellent basecamps to explore city attractions and then retreat to relax and enjoy nature in the park.
Simply drive to the nearby GO Station and have the city at your doorstep.
Darlington (14 km to Oshawa GO Station)
Bronte Creek Provincial Parks (11 km to Oakville GO station)
For Ottawa attractions, try:
Rideau River Provincial Park (just over 52 km from downtown Ottawa)
Fitzroy Provincial Park (just under 58 km to downtown Ottawa)
Windy Lake Provincial Park (around 46 km to downtown Sudbury)
Fairbanks Provincial Park (just under 55 km to Sudbury)
For Thunder Bay area attractions:
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (77 km from Thunder Bay)