Backcountry for beginners: the best destinations

When executed safely, your first backcountry trip forges lifelong memories, opening an immersive getaway into nature.

But the leap from car camping to backcountry requires preparation and learning. New paddlers and hikers can find themselves in serious trouble if they overestimate their skills or choose a too-challenging route.

Here are some recommended trips for backcountry beginners:

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More group sites available to book online

Looking for a fun way to camp with a bunch of people? Consider group campsites!

We’re happy to announce that group campsites can now be reserved online and via our call centre for an additional 25 provincial parks.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: October 5-8

Big plans for Thanksgiving weekend?

Why not cook your turkey in a park, or dress up for one of our Halloween events?

Fall is the perfect season for a quick weekend getaway, and we’ve got some great campsites available all across the province (available as of 12:00 pm on October 3, 2018). 

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Campsite vacancy highlights: September 28-30

This weekend is calling for perfect fall sweater-weather! Why not get outside with your wool socks, and snuggle up around a fire in a provincial park?

We have waterfront and electrical sites available, as well as a number of cabins (available as of 12:00 pm on September 27, 2018).

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Fall vistas of Ontario’s northeast

Ah, fall…the weather has cools down, the bugs are gone, and our parks turn into a kaleidoscope of stunning reds, oranges, and yellows.

If you’re a lover of fall hiking, northeastern Ontario is the place to be. The combination of rugged Canadian Shield and spectacular fall colours makes hiking in northeastern Ontario a bucket list item.

Our parks are home to some amazing must-see vistas that are illuminated each year by autumn’s changing leaves. Here are a few of our favourites.

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Restoule: a fall colours paradise

When we hear the words “fall colours,” our minds often jump to Algonquin. Trouble is, Algonquin’s gotten so popular that autumn brings long line-ups, crowded trails, and traffic-snarling “leaf jams.”

So where can we go to see awe-inspiring fall colours, hike to breathtaking lookouts, and avoid the crowds?

Restoule Provincial Park.

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Campsite vacancy highlights: August 17-19

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Squeeze the most out of summer by camping this weekend at one of the following campsites (available as of 12:00 pm on August 16, 2018).

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Campsite vacancy highlights: July 13-15

It’s looking like a sunny weekend ahead and you can still get campsites in several Ontario Parks. Listen to the World Cup final while relaxing by a lake on one of our featured campsites (available as of 12:00 pm on July 12, 2018).

Don’t see something that suits you? Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool — including pictures of most campsites!

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