Summer’s zipping by — don’t miss your camping fix!
We’ve got some beautiful campsites available around the province this weekend for both tent and RV campers (available as of 1:00 pm on August 9, 2018).
Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
The park is located on two beautiful, clear lakes that offer great swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing. Enjoy all of the park amenities within easy walking distance of each other — great for young families.
Sharbot Lake is 1 hour from Kingston, 1.5 hours from Ottawa, and 3.5 hours from Montreal.
Voyageur Provincial Park
Voyageur has many small bays and inlets that visitors can explore by canoe, kayak or motor boat.
This campsite is steps away from the shore of the Ottawa River and short walk to any of the park’s four beaches.
Voyageur is just over an hour away from both Ottawa and Montreal.
Darlington Provincial Park
Only about an hour drive from downtown Toronto, Darlington offers a beautiful stretch of sandy beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. The sheltered waters of McLaughlin Bay are ideal for canoes and paddle boats.
Darlington is less than 1 hour from Toronto, 2 hours from Kingston and 20 minutes from Oshawa.
Rideau River Provincial Park
Rideau River is a terrific base for exploring Ottawa and the historic Rideau waterway. The park offers lots of opportunities for paddlers and boaters.
Visit this website and click on “Paddling Guide 14” for points of interest near the park, for example, a 7 km paddle up Kemptville Creek to the town of Kemptville.
Rideau River is 40 minutes from Ottawa and 1.5 hours from Kingston.
Driftwood Provincial Park
The cool, clear waters of the Ottawa River are calling you. A sandy beach that stretches the entire length of the campground is just a short jaunt from this site, which is also very close to the park’s hiking trails.
From Driftwood, you can day-trip to Algonquin with your camping permit, which gives you free access to any provincial park. The Brent Access Point is only an hour away, and Achray Access Point is just over two hours away.
Driftwood is 2.5 hours north of Ottawa, and 1.5 hours east of North Bay.
Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
Samuel de Champlain is located on historic Mattawa River fur trade route in the Mattawa Valley. Natural heritage education staff at the park provide interactive programming suitable for all ages. Relaxing beside the refreshing, clear waters of Moore Lake is a fantastic way to spend a warm day.
Samuel de Champlain is 40 minutes east of North Bay, and approximately 3.5 hours from Ottawa.
Fairbank Provincial Park
Spring-fed Fairbank Lake is a great place to spend the weekend. The crystal clear waters attract visitors from all over the region for snorkeling and swimming at the buoyed sandy beach.
Fairbank is 1 hour from Sudbury and 2 hours from North Bay.
Esker Lakes Provincial Park
Esker Lakes lies within the vast boreal forest that covers much of northern Ontario. The collection of picturesque lakes, separated by short, fairly level portages and no motorboats, makes the park ideal for canoeing.
Or, explore the Lonesome Bog Trail at Esker Lakes and hike through a variety of habitats in boreal forest ecosystems and ancient glacial landscapes.
Also, there are a number of Discovery programs happening this weekend at Esker Lakes, including Undercover Critters and Feathered Friends! Great for curious kids and adults.
Esker Lakes is just over 4 hours from North Bay and 2 hours from Timmins.
White Lake Provincial Park
White Lake is an ideal spot for anglers. The campground features a fish cleaning station, paved boat launch (lit at night), and dock.
White Lake is large, so can be explored by motor boat or canoe. The park has canoes, adult mountain bikes, tents and fishing equipment available for rent.
White Lake is 4 hours from Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay.
Caliper Lake Provincial Park
Rejuvinate this weekend among the impressive old-growth Red and White Pine forests on the shores of Caliper Lake. This site is right on the water.
Enjoy the peaceful waters of the lake at a large beach with sectioned off swimming area (great for families with young kids). Enjoy the warm, shallow water and floating swim platform.
Caliper Lake is an hour from Fort Frances and 4 hours from Winnipeg.