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. 8):
Yes — there’s still a cabin available! High quality mattresses (and electric heating) provide a comfy night’s sleep, and the cabin also features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, and coffeemaker.
Launch your canoe (or rent one at the lagoon) and paddle Mazinaw Lake. Head over to Mazinaw Rock to view one of Canada’s largest visible collections of Indigenous pictographs. Stop by the Visitors Centre, or book a trip on the Mugwump Ferry of Wanderer Tour Boat!
Bon Echo is 2 hours from Ottawa, and 3 hours from Toronto.
Campers love the Lookout Trail (2.6 km). Walk through eskers and kames formed over 10,000 years ago from the Wisconsin Glacier, and take in a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Balsam Lake is 2 hours from Toronto, and 45 minutes from Orillia.
Did you know Turkey Point is the only provincial park with a golf course? The park’s shallow, buoyed beach is great for swimming. The Turkey Point Village has lots of fun activities within a short drive of the park, including a bird observatory, wineries and zip-lining!
Turkey Point is 2 hours from Toronto and Niagara Falls.
Eleven beach accesses lead to 11 km of beautiful sandy beaches along the Lake Erie side of the Rondeau peninsula. The park also offers six hiking trails that will allow you to explore the world-renowned birding destination.
Don’t forget to sign up for Sunday’s Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up!
Rondeau is 3 hours from Toronto and 1.5 hours from London.
Central Ontario / Near North
Walk down to the waterfalls or rent a mountain bike and try one of Arrowhead’s designated trails. Hikers like the 7 km Beaver Meadow Trail which winds its way past the Porcupine Bluffs and has lovely fall vistas. Arrowhead’s lakes are fun to paddle (canoe/kayak rentals available).
Bonus: did you know your camping pass is good for day entry to Algonquin (only 30 minutes away!).
Arrowhead is 2.5 hours from Toronto and Oshawa, and 4 hours from Ottawa.
The park is ideal for paddlers of all ability-levels, and canoes are available for rent at the park store. Three hiking trails offer visitors the opportunity to take in the natural and cultural heritage of Six Mile Lake.
Six Mile Lake is less than 2 hours from Toronto, and 40 minutes from Barrie.
Pancake Bay has TWO yurts available this weekend!
This yurt is equipped with two sets of futon bunk beds and sleeps up to six. Inside, campers will find a table and chairs, mini fridge, shelving unit, and a broom and dustpan. Outside, yurt sites are equipped with a propane BBQ, picnic table and fire pit. Just a short walk to the Caribbean-blue water of Lake Superior.
Pancake Bay is 1 hour from Sault Ste Marie.
Waterfront site alert!!!
One of Ontario Parks’ undiscovered fishing hotspots! This waterfront campsite is nestled on the shoreline of Wakami Lake. Discover strange plants like the pitcher plant and sundew on the park’s hiking trails, or rent a kayak and explore by water.
Wakami Lake is 4 hours from Sault Ste Marie, and 5 hours from Sudbury.
Enjoy additional comfort in a trailer-equipped campsite. Trailer includes dinette, couch slide, screened-in add-a-room, cook stove, fridge, air conditioner, heater, shower and two sinks with potable water.
Blue Lake is 3.5 hours from Winnipeg, and 4.5 hours from Thunder Bay.
The peaceful waters of Caliper Lake offer a relaxing option for a day of canoeing. A large beach and sectioned off swimming area make swimming a favourite activity at Caliper Lake. Enjoy the warm, shallow water and floating swim platform.
Caliper Lake is an hour from Fort Frances and 4 hours from Winnipeg.