autumn at Restoule

Campsite vacancy highlights: September 16-18

September is the perfect month for camping! Bugs are gone, temperatures are still summer-y, and the crowds have cleared.

Planning a weekend getaway?

Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, Sept. 15):

Southeastern Ontario

Ferris Provincial Park

Ferris campsite
Site 74, Bedrock Campground. Tent camping or RVs up to 18 ft (electrical).

At Ferris, you’ll find over 10 km of trails that take you through forest and riverside settings. The Ranney Falls trail follows the original roadway to Ferris Provincial Park before looping back along the river. The suspension bridge offers a panoramic view of the Trent River Gorge and — of course — the trail’s namesake Ranney Falls.

Ferris is 1.5 hours from Kingston and just over 2 hours from Toronto. 

Fitzroy Provincial Park

Fitzroy campsite
Site 260, Two Rivers Campground. Tent camping or RVs up to 32 ft (electrical).

Located at the junction of the meandering Carp River and the mighty Ottawa River, Fitzroy offers great family camping with large campsites with lots of swimming and hiking nearby. The park is a great base for exploring the Ottawa valley and the nation’s capital.

Fitzroy is 50 minutes from Ottawa and just over 2 hours from Kingston. 

Southwestern Ontario

Craigleith Provincial Park

Craigleith campsite
Site 7, Area B. Tent camping or RVs up to 18 ft.

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Camp on the Georgian Bay shoreline! Fractured plates of shale that form the shoreline contain fossils that are 450 million years old, and the flat rock is ideal for launching a sailboat, kayak/canoe, paddle board, wind surfing, fishing or watching a spectacular sunset.

Craigleith is 2 hours from Toronto, and 1 hour from Barrie.

Port Burwell Provincial Park

Port Burwell campsite
Site 174, Iroquois Campground. Tent camping or RVs up to 32 ft (electrical).

Port Burwell’s 2.5 km sandy beach is one of most beautiful on the northern shore of Lake Erie. In addition to hiking and biking opportunities, the park boasts an amphitheater, children’s playground, volleyball/badminton courts, horseshoe pits, baseball diamond, Frisbee golf course, and basketball foul shooting court.

Port Burwell is 1 hour from London and 2.5 hours from Niagara Falls.

Near North

Restoule Provincial Park

Restoule campsite
Site 255, Putts Point Campground. Tent camping or RVs up to 32 ft.

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Camp on the shores of Restoule Lake! Restoule has a number of great trails including The Fire Tower Trail. The trail ascends through mixed forest cover and provides the opportunity to experience several stages of natural history including forest fire and severe wind events. The reward for your hard work is a spectacular view from atop the 100 meter tall Stormy Lake Bluffs and a close inspection of a historic fire tower.

Restoule is 2 hours from Sudbury, and 4 hours from Toronto. 

Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park

Sturgeon Bay campsite
Site 6. Tent camping or RVs up to 18 ft.

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Another waterfront campsite, right along the shores of Sturgeon Bay!

Whether you stick to Sturgeon Bay or head onto Georgian Bay, you’ll find scenic views and excellent fishing opportunities. Bring your own canoe or rent one from the park!

Sturgeon Bay is 3 hours from Toronto, and 1.5 hours from Sudbury.

Mikisew Provincial Park

Mikisew campsite
Site 394. Tent camping or RVs up to 25 ft (electrical).

There are three sand beaches for swimming located along Eagle Lakein Mikisew Provincial Park. The lake is also great for boating, paddling and fishing.

Mikisew is just over 3 hours away from Toronto and 2.5 hours from Sudbury. 

Killbear Provincial Park

Killbear campsite
Site 513, Harold Point Campground. Tent camping or RVs up to 18 ft (electrical).

There are still sites at Killbear? No way!

We can’t believe it either. Killbear is one of our most visited parks with its kilometres of rugged, rocky shoreline, numerous sand beaches and beautiful views of windswept pines on rocky islands.

Killbear is 3 hours from Toronto.

Northern Ontario

Now that we’re into autumn, many of our northern parks have moved to a “first come, first served” campsite system. Sites like the three featured below are available to the first campers who show up to claim them — and there are LOTS of top-quality choices available.

Just check for yellow-marked campsites on the maps, and keep your eyes open for prime sites like:

Aaron Provincial Park

Aaron campsite
Site 66, B Campground. Tent or RV camping (electrical).

The park’s Thunder Lake is a remnant of the ancient glaciers that covered Ontario tens of thousands of years ago. Two sandy beaches and the clear, shallow waters make Aaron an ideal destination for water-based activities, such as swimming, boating and fishing.

Aaron is 4 hours from Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. 

Nagagamisis Provincial Park

Nagagamisis campsite
Site 57, Bedwash A Campground. Tent camping and RVs up to 32 ft.

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Camp beside the lake, or use the park as a jump-off point for challenging canoe routes on the Nagagami and Shekak Rivers. Anglers return year after year to this large secluded lake north of Hornepayne. They are drawn by the excellent fishing for walleye, northern pike and yellow perch.

Nagagamisis is 4.5 hours north of Sault Ste Marie.

Neys Provincial Park

Neys campsite
Site 19, Area 1. Tent and RV camping (electrical).

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Why yes, that IS the Lake Superior shoreline.

Neys is home to one the finest sand beaches on Lake Superior’s north shore. You can also enjoy viewing sub-Arctic plants, or hike up to the Pagoda to get a spectacular view of Pic Island as it was immortalized on canvas by Lawren Harris of the famous Group of Seven.

Neys is 3.5 hours from Thunder Bay.

Find a campsite with our online Campsite Browsing Tool and spend this weekend under the stars!