Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.
A route to explore Canada’s cultural heritage!
Visit five Visitor Centres that tell the unique story of Ontario’s natural and cultural history through Indigenous rock carvings, the War of 1812, the famous Group of Seven artists, and Ontario’s pristine natural environment.
Parks you’ll want to explore en route:
Wasaga Beach is not only the longest freshwater beach in the world (with 14 km of safe, sandy shore), but the sunsets there are breathtaking!
Nancy Island has served as a historic site since 1928 and is the most viable and related site to the War of 1812 in Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay Region. Join park staff as they bring the story of the HMS Nancy and her crew to life. Wasaga Beach is a day-use only park, there are no overnight camping facilities.
Explore over 2,900 ha of forested land along the picturesque shores of Georgian Bay. The park’s trails, lakes, shorelines, fens, bogs and campgrounds offer a mix of habitat for a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Located in the heart of the 30,000 islands, Killbear is an ideal location to explore beautiful Georgian Bay. Explore the rugged, rocky shoreline and take in views of windswept pines on rocky islands.
Nestled in the heart of Muskoka, this gem is known for scenic fall photo spots. Don’t miss the big bend lookout. Walk down to a pretty waterfall or rent a mountain bike and try one of Arrowhead’s designated trails.
The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. Hike, bike or paddle through its distinctive wilderness. For visitors, the Highway 60 Corridor of Algonquin Provincial Park offers a Visitor Centre, Logging Museum, Art Centre, developed campgrounds, paddling access points, interpretive walking trails, park lodges and outfitters, and childrens camps.
Come fall, Algonquin’s East Gate gets extremely busy. Find solitude at the northern or western edges of the park, or stop in on a weekday.
A favourite with RVers, this hidden treasure sits on a large lake. Explore by boat, stretch out on the beach, or rent a canoe or kayak. Lake St. Peter makes a great homebase for day tripping to nearby Algonquin or Silent Lake (free for day-use with your camping permit).
Silent Lake is a great stop for hiking and mountain biking, and offers outstanding swimming at its two sandy beaches. Make the most of your stay with a quiet, relaxing paddle. No motor boats or electric motors are permitted on Silent Lake.
Canada’s largest concentration of Indigenous rock carvings (“glyphs”) is protected in this park. Visit the Learning Place Visitor Centre to discover the traditions of the Ojibway (Nishnaabe) people through the teachings of the medicine wheel. Petroglyphs is a day-use only park; there are no overnight camping facilities.
A spring/fall migration hotspot on the shores of Lake Ontario, 336 bird species have been recorded in the park. Access the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Ontario by walking along the 1 km Marsh Boardwalk Trail. The park is also home to the second-oldest operating lighthouse in the province.
End your trip at Darlington, located just outside Oshawa and close to drop-off points for rental RVs. Campers love the sandy beach, gentle trails, and sheltered waters of McLaughlin Bay.