Ontario Parks

Backcountry

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

Park = 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 Lake zone/area Reserve online
Algonquin Highlands Intermediate 19-35 Loop Lake zone/area Reserve online
Algonquin Western Uplands Intermediate 32-88 Loop Lake zone/area 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 First-come-first-serve Register online
Lake Superior Coastal Advanced 65 Linear First-come-first-serve Register online
Lake Superior Towab Advanced 12 Linear First-come-first-serve Register 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

  1. Reserve Online
    • A reservation can be made up to five months in advance of your arrival date.
    • If you have a reservation at Charleston Lake, you will be able to print your permit at home up to two weeks in advance of your arrival date.
    • Campers holding reservations at all other backcountry parks will obtain a permit upon arrival when you check-in.
  2. 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.