Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant

Backcountry Camping

1. The Experience:

Hikers are drawn to the backcountry of Sleeping Giant for the stunning natural scenery, the challenging nature of the terrain, and the seclusion. The varied trails of the park offer short accessible walks, challenging day hikes, and multi-day backcountry trips year-round.

More than 110 km of hiking trails at Sleeping Giant are available. All trails are cleared and brushed from May to September. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular during the winter, with over 50 km of groomed trails.

Distance signage is provided at all trail junctions. Although all park trails are marked and maintained, visitors should be mindful of safety and navigation when exploring more remote sections of the park.

Trails are maintained with bridges in some areas (creeks in remote sections of the park require minor fording). A bike rack at the south end of the Talus Lake Trail is available.

The park’s signature backcountry sites are located at Tee Harbour, Sawyer Bay, and Lehtinen’s Bay. All these locations have multiple campsites equipped with designated metal fire-pits. Box privies, and food lockers are found at many of these sites.

2. Access and Interior Camping Permits

Lake or zone-specific reservations are available online or by phone up to five months in advance of your arrival date. When making a reservation, you will select a pre-defined lake or zone to camp in for each night of your trip. Within your lake or zone, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are recommended.

Interior camping permits are required for camping in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Permits are picked up in-person at the Marie Louise Lake Gatehouse.

3. Trip Planning

A park map and brief trail descriptions are available at the Marie Louise Lake Gatehouse.

Detailed topographic backcountry maps are sold at the park store in the Marie Louise Lake Visitor Centre and in the Marie Louise Lake Gatehouse. These maps can also be purchased before your trip by calling the park office at (807) 977-2526.

The Tee Harbour, Sawyer’s Bay, and Lehtinen’s Bay campsites can be accessed from the parking lot at the South Kabeyun Trailhead near the southern end of Highway 587. This trailhead is the main entry-point for accessing the park’s rugged backcountry.

Please be respectful of the natural environment and other visitors. Practice leave-no-trace camping, camp only on designated campsites, and be aware of your surrounding neighbours, ecology, and wildlife. We appreciate your efforts to maintain this pristine environment.

Car Camping

Sleeping Giant has 200 campsites at the Marie Louise Lake Campground, almost half of which have electrical service. All campsites feature designated fire pits and picnic tables and are close walking distance to water taps and vault toilets. Some campsites are designed specifically for tents while others are best suited for small or large recreational vehicles. For visitors who want a more secluded camping experience ten sites are located on the west shore of Marie Louise Lake.

Group Camping

Two group campsites are available at Sleeping Giant. The Small Group Site can accommodate up to 25 people and the Large Group Site can accommodate up to 50 people.

Both group campsites offer electricity and water taps and vault toilets are located nearby. The group sites are a short walking distance to the public beach.

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Roofed Accommodation

Roofed Accommodation Rustic Cabin

Number at Park: 5

Site Number(s) / Name: 1-Dragon's Mouth, 2-Rose Pogonia, 3-Fairy Slipper, 4-Pink Moccasin Flower, 5-Coral Root

Check-In/Check-Out Time: 3pm/11am

Recreate amidst the beauty and splendour of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park while you enjoy all the conveniences of home. Cabins are available year round.

Sleeps: 6

Amenities

Available Year Round (two night minimum at all times; Cottages #1, 2 and 5 have a Saturday to Saturday one week minimum from June to August), five fully equipped barrier-free cabins are located in the park on the shores of Marie Louise Lake. Each cabin has three bedrooms, two rooms have double beds and one room has a bunk bed, washroom with large shower, fully equipped modern kitchen, propane fireplace, and heated sun porch. Pots, pans, cups, mugs, dishes, cutlery, kettle, coffee maker, pillows and linens are provided. One campfire pit and one picnic table are located outside of each cabin. Parking available nearby.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring food and beverages, any special cooking supplies not listed above, toiletry items and towels, flashlight, bug repellent/sunscreen, lawn chair and barbeque if desired.

Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) and smoking and open flames (candles) are not permitted in the facilities. Alcoholic beverages are permitted only in the accommodation, on deck or at the campfire pit area. Accommodation rentals include one vehicle permit. Additional vehicle permits must be purchased separately.

Parking

Parking available nearby.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or by phone.