The scent of forests and sound of birds chirping define the summer months spent outdoors. Ontario is home to some of Canada’s most renowned camping sites for those who want to “get away from it all” – no electricity, no restrooms and a fire pit in place of a stove.
There’s certainly something for everyone’s style, whether you prefer to camp in comfort or are more of an adrenaline junkie who enjoys a thrill…
Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada, offering multiple campsites. Known for having some of Canada’s best canoeing, the interconnected ecosystem joins lakes and rivers, allowing for a one of a kind portaging experience. There are developed campgrounds for those who to prefer to camp in comfort, and backcountry areas available to those who like to rough it. Wildlife populates the historic site, so be sure to take pictures and leave only footprints. Whether you choose tent, RV or cabin, Algonquin Park will not disappoint.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
Sand dunes and beaches surround the world’s largest fresh water sand bar system. The picturesque Sandbanks Provincial Park is a must-visit camping zone like no other. The popular park offers camping for those who don’t necessarily wish to get down and dirty. Equipped with cottages and electricity, this might be the perfect place to get into the camping scene.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
The Bruce Peninsula is home to some of the most eye-catching landscapes you will find in Ontario. The crystal clear waters will have you diving in at first glance.
Each campsite has picnic tables, fire pits and grills that are available to help conquer your appetite. Restrooms are within walking distance (yes, real restrooms), as they are located throughout the campgrounds. Reservations are strongly encouraged as this popular paradise fills up quickly.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Bon Echo is home to what are arguably some of Ontario’s best campsites. The vast hiking trails and beautiful scenery are what defines this beauty. The 100-metre Mazinaw Rock cliff is a canvas of ancient First Nations pictographs. The camping experience offers a comfortable setting for the laid-back camper, and what can be treacherous backwoods–portage trails for the “Bear Grylls”-style camper (some people actually enjoy this).
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Prepared to be wowed by the unique formation of exposed bedrock caused by the last Ice Age at Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Secluded cabins offer privacy and shelter. The 11,000-year-old landscape is ideal for those who enjoy picture perfect-landscapes.
Pinery Provincial Park
Avoid the crowds and retreat to this utopia. Pinery Provincial Park resembles something you would find in a Florida beach advertisement. Located on Lake Huron, the 6,330 acres of campgrounds will accommodate everyone. Access to electricity and wifi will attract any city slicker, and the beaches will keep you there.
French River Provincial Park
Paddle the same rivers that Canada’s First Nations and French settlers did hundreds of years ago. Get in touch with nature, as the majority of backcountry campsites along the river are remote and undeveloped. The French River Provincial Park is chock full of history, connecting the 112-kilometre waterway from Lake Nippising to Georgian Bay.
Silent Lake Provincial Park
Its name speaks for itself, as Silent Lake is the perfect place to escape from the hectic atmosphere of the city. Known for its mountainous terrain and seclusion, Silent Lake offers some of the best hiking in the province. Roofed accommodation is included for those who seek shelter from Mother Nature’s unpredictable weather.
Turkey Point Provincial Park
Don’t let the name fool you. Although you may see the odd turkey here and there, this camping getaway is known for its hiking, beaches and mountain bike trails. Turkey Point is a perfect escape for you and your mutt since the beaches are dog-friendly.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Located less than an hour from Toronto, Bronte Creek may be the next place where you spend your long weekend. Offering a family-friendly camping experience, the trails and acres of vast forestry will transform into your playground. It’s perfect for a beginner camper or seasoned vet.