Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.
Drive this route through spectacular scenery and iconic tourism spots, and explore the many varied landscapes including:
- The world’s longest freshwater beaches
- The world’s largest freshwater island
- Stunning white quartzite hills
- The rugged rocks and windswept pines of eastern Georgian Bay
Parks you’ll want to explore en route:*
Awenda’s quiet and scenic Kettle’s Lake is a perfect paddling spot. The park’s trails, lakes, shorelines, fens, bogs and campgrounds offer a mix of habitat for a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.
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!
Located at the base of Blue Mountain, the park is an ideal hub to enjoy what the local area has to offer. Hike the Bruce Trail, bike the Georgian Trail, visit the Blue Mountain Village or use your vehicle permit to gain free access to Wasaga Beach.
Located on Manitoulin Island, the park provides access to scenic Lake Huron Coastline. Misery Bay offers over 15 km of hiking trails, a boardwalk and a bird-viewing platform overlooking the wetland.
Windy Lake is a recreational haven and one of the most popular recreational beach areas in the entire Sudbury region. Locals love the boating and fishing opportunities.
Don’t forget to return in the winter: the park offers some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the region!
This family-oriented campground has two buoyed beaches and great swimming. Spot nesting bald eagles and a heron rookery along the Two Narrows Canoe Route, and keep your eyes peeled for moose along the Echo Pond Trail.
This iconic wilderness landscape showcases the wild Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite; the La Cloche Mountains’ white quartzite ridges and over 50 exceptionally clear, sapphire lakes set among Jack pine hills.
Visitors love the award-winning Visitor Centre on Highway 69 with its “Voices of the River” exhibit. A pedestrian footbridge crosses at the gorge, providing an amazing view of the river below.
Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, Grundy Lake is an oft-cited favourite of our campers. Whether you prefer sandy beaches, diverse hiking trails, or paddling through lakes, it’s easy to fall in love with this park.
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.
Conveniently located off Hwy 400, Six Mile Lake is well-known for recreational boating and fishing opportunities. This pretty park has inspired generations of painters.
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*check park opening and closing dates to ensure availability.