Overnight Hiking - Go the Distance
Whether you're looking for a week-long hiking adventure or a short, single-night escape, Ontario Parks has a rewarding hiking experience for you.
Appropriate route planning will make for the most enjoyable backcountry experience. For assistance planning your trip, visit the webpage of the park you plan to visit, or call the park for more information.
Parks that offer Overnight Hiking
= General Park Location
|Park||Trail Name||Trail Rating||Trail Length (km)||Trail Type||Booking Type||How to Obtain a Permit|
|Algonquin||Eastern Pines||Intermediate||6-15||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Algonquin||Highlands||Intermediate||19-35||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Algonquin||Western Uplands||Intermediate||32-88||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Bon Echo||Abes and Essens Lake||Intermediate||17||Linear||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Charleston Lake||Tallow Rock Bay||Intermediate||1-10||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Frontenac||Arkon Lake||Beginner||11||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Frontenac||Big Salmon Lake||Intermediate||17||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Frontenac||Little Clear Lake||Intermediate||7||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Frontenac||Gibson Lake||Intermediate||9||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Frontenac||Tetsmine Lake||Intermediate||10||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Frontenac||Cedar Lake||Intermediate||14||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Frontenac||Slide Lake||Advanced||21||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Halfway Lake||Hawk Ridge||Advanced||15||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Killarney||La Cloche Silhouette||Advanced||80||Loop||Specific campsite||Reserve online|
|Lake Superior||Peat Mountain||Intermediate||11||Loop||Lake Zone/Area||Reserve online|
|Lake Superior||Coastal||Advanced||65||Linear||Lake Zone/Area||Reserve online|
|Lake Superior||Towab||Advanced||12||Linear||Lake Zone/Area||Reserve online|
|Lake Superior||Crescent Lake||Beginner||2||Linear||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
|Mississagi||MacKenzie||Advanced||22||Loop||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
|Sleeping Giant||Burma||Intermediate||11.4||Linear||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
|Sleeping Giant||Sawyer Bay||Intermediate||5.7||Linear||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
|Sleeping Giant||Twin Pine||Intermediate||4.4||Linear||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
|Sleeping Giant||Finlay Bay||Intermediate||5||Linear||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
|Sleeping Giant||Talus||Advanced||6||Linear||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
|Sleeping Giant||Kabeyun||Advanced||37||Linear||Lake zone/area||Reserve online|
Choose a Park that matches your skill level
Beginner: Requires basic map and compass reading skills. Generally, even terrain and few slopes. Campsites may be close together, and easily accessible.
Intermediate: Requires developed map and compass reading skills. Generally, some uneven terrain and some slopes. Campsites may be a greater distance apart and/or more remote.
Advanced: Requires developed map and compass reading skills. Generally uneven terrain or significant slopes. Campsites may be a greater distance apart and more remote. A hike may be classified as advanced purely based on its remoteness. These overnight hiking trips require significant advance planning.
Description of Booking Type
Specific Campsite - You will reserve a specific numbered campsite for each night of your trip.
Lake zone/area - You will reserve a pre-defined lake or zone to camp in on each night of your trip. Within your lake or zone, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you arrive at a site that is full, you will continue your journey until you find an available site.
First-Come-First-Served - All campsites are first-come, first-served. If you arrive at a site that is full, you will continue your journey until you find an available site.
How to Obtain a Permit
- Reserve Online
- A reservation can be made up to five months in advance of your arrival date.
- If you have a reservation at Kawartha Highlands, Charleston Lake or Murphys Point, your camping and vehicle permits are included with your confirmation letter. Please print your permits in advance of your arrival.
- Campers holding reservations at all other backcountry parks will obtain a permit upon arrival when you check-in.
- Register Online
- Register online to purchase a backcountry permit up to two weeks in advance of your arrival date.
- Campers registering online will be e-mailed their backcountry and vehicle permit. You are responsible for printing your permit and bringing a copy to the park with you.
- All backcountry registrations are final. There are no changes or refunds.