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10 Best camping sites in Ontario

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From small parks close to the city, to huge parks spread over thousands of acres of wilderness, Ontario offers camping lovers a selection of the best camping sites in the country. We’ve put together a list of our  ten favorite locations for camping in Ontario:

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Charleston Lake Provincial Park:

Charleston LakeLocation: 148 Woodvale Road,

Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0

Phone: +1 (613)-659-2065

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

 

Located on beautiful Charleston Lake, this park offers a large selection of campsites. There are a total of 238 sites to choose from, with 86 featuring electrical service. For the more adventurous camper, the shores of Charleston lake are home to ten additional campsites that can only be accessed via water.

The sites are clean and well maintained.

All feature pit toilets and firewood delivery is available.

Charleston Park is also equipped to handle large groups. With three sites that can accommodate between 16 and 40 people, large gatherings can enjoy the beauty of the park. A central water tap and vault toilets provide comforts to the group sites.

Canoeing is a popular activity on the lake. Easy launching and storage racks are provided on the beach. Canoe and Kayak rentals are also available. Winter activities include seasonal favorites like snowshoeing.

Activities: Canoeing, Boating,   Fishing, Swimming, Wildlife Viewing, Hunting Natural Heritage Education, Hiking.

Facilities: Barrier Free Access, Showers, Day Use Area, Camping, Electric Campsites, Flush Toilets, Rentals, Group Camping, Boat Launch, Visitor Centre, Roofed Accommodations, Playground, Park Store, Laundry.

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Algonquin Provincial Park:

algonquin campingLocation: Hwy 60  Nipissing,

ON K0J 2M0, Canada

Phone: +1 (705) 633-5572

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

One of the largest parks in Ontario, Algonquin Park is home to 12 different campgrounds, each with many sites catering to both tents and RVs. Some campgrounds even feature yurts for those looking for something easier.

There are also hundreds of interior sites that are only accessible by a massive network of canoe routes and portages.

Each campground offers unique activities and features. Campers looking to explore this vast expanse of wilderness would be well advised to consult the Algonquin Park Official Site for a full list of the services and features available in Algonquin Park.

Activities: Swimming, Canoeing, Hiking,  Fishing, Boating, Natural Heritage Education, Winter Activities, Biking, Backcountry Camping, Wildlife Viewing, Hunting.

Facilities: Flush Toilets, Barrier Free Access, Camping, Electric Campsites, Showers, Day Use Area, Rentals, Group Camping, Boat Launch, Playground, Park Store, Visitor Centre, Roofed Accommodations, Laundry, French.

Google map

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Bon Echo Provincial Park:

Bon Echo parkLocation: Bon Echo R.R.1 Cloyne,

Ontario K0H 1K0

Phone: +1 (613)-336-2228

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

Mazinaw Lake is home to beautiful Bon Echo Provincial Park. With over 500 different sites, Bon Echo provides campers with a large and expansive camp ground.

Campers looking for a traditional experience will be happy with the selection of secluded spots, while less avid campers will appreciate the modern amenities offered on other sites.

Radio-free zones offer the ultimate in off-grid camping. Bon Echo is considered by many campers as the best spot in Ontario.

Activities: Swimming, Canoeing, Hiking,  Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Backcountry Camping, Boating, Natural Heritage Education.

Facilities: Flush Toilets, Barrier Free Access, Camping, Electric Campsites, Showers, Day Use Area, Rentals, Group Camping, Boat Launch, Visitor Centre, Roofed Accommodations, Park Store, Laundry.

Google map

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The Pinery Provincial Park:

The Pinery Provincial ParkLocation: The Pinery Provincial Park,

Lambton Shores, ON N0M 1T0 ‎

Phone: +1 (519)-243-2220

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

 

 

Year-round camping is not common in Ontario, but the Pinery offers campers the chance to enjoy nature with four-season camping.

One of the best camping sites in Ontario, the Pinery’s Riverside area is open to campers in the winter months. The other two areas, Dunes and Burley, are open for camping only during the summer. The sites range from rugged to modern, with a variety of amenities to suit every camper.

Electrical hookups are available on some sites for those that need the power. Other sites are un-serviced for a more natural experience.

Activities: Canoeing, Boating, Hiking,  Fishing, Swimming, Natural Heritage Education, Winter Activities, Wildlife Viewing.

Facilities: Barrier Free Access, Showers, Day Use Area, Camping, Electric Campsites, Flush Toilets, Rentals, Group Camping, Park Store, Roofed Accommodations, Laundry, Visitor Centre.

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Awenda Provincial Park:

Awenda Provincial ParkLocation: 670 Concession 18 East, Tiny,

ON L9M 2H7, Canada

Phone: +1 (705)-549-2231

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

 

Few parks offer the variety of sites like Awenda Provincial Park. Home to over three hundred sites, divided into six distinct regions, the park caters to the tastes of every camper.

Even at full capacity, the park is spacious, as to not feel crowded.

The features an amenities of the sites vary. Electrical connections are available at certain sites, while other remain as natural as possible, with few additional amenities.

Awenda allows campers one of the best selection of sites in Ontario.

Activities: Swimming, Canoeing, Boating, Hiking,  Fishing, Natural Heritage Education, Winter Activities, Biking, Wildlife Viewing.

Facilities: Barrier Free Access, Showers, Camping, Electric Campsites, Flush Toilets, Day Use Area, Rentals, Group Camping, Park Store, Playground, Roofed Accommodations, Laundry, French.

Google map

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Killarney Provincial Park

Killarney park

Location: 960 Highway 637  Killarney,

ON P0M 2A0

Phone: +1 (705) 287-2900

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

 

 

Considered by most to be one of the most beautiful areas in the province, Killarney Park was opened after artists, who flocked to the mountainous region, petitioned for the preservation of the area. Today, the beauty of the park is available for campers to enjoy. Killarney Park is open year-round. While summer is certainly the prime time for camping in Killarney, the winter season also attracts adventurous souls with four-season tents. Others take advantage of the convenience offered by the yurts scattered throughout the camping areas. Certain park amenities are limited during the solder months. Reservations are recommended during the busy season as the park is popular and can fill up fast.

Activities: Swimming, Canoeing, Hiking,  Fishing, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Natural Heritage Education, Winter Activities.

Facilities: Showers, Day Use Area, Camping, Park Store, Flush Toilets, Rentals, Laundry, Roofed Accommodations, Boat Launch.

Google map

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Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park CanadaLocation: Miller Lake, ON N0H 1Z0

Phone: +1 (519) 596-2233

Reservation: 1-877-737-3783,

online reservation

 

 

While it is located in Ontario, Bruce Peninsula Park is actually a national park, It offers all of the same great amenities as the other provincial parks, but with the added distinction of being recognized as one of the few regions that are protected by the federal government. The park is a World Biosphere Reserve, It contains stunning examples of nature, including trees that are over 1,000 years old and the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. The Cypress Lake campground offers everything form beach camping to back country sites, meaning there’s the perfect campsite for every camper.

Activities: Hiking, Canoeing/Kayaking, Camping, Visitor Centre, Picnicking, Swimming, Bouldering, Photography, Winter Activities.

Facilities: Parking, Radio Frequencies, Access for persons with Disabilities, Local Community Services.

Google map

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Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Location: Prince Edward, ON K0K 2T0

Phone: +1 (613) 393-3319

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

 

More than one camper has claimed that Sandbanks Provincial Park is the best place to camp in Ontario. The aquatic backdrop, golden beaches and giant sand dunes make the park unique in the province. The park is home to two of the largest freshwater sandbanks in the world, drawing campers from all over who marvel at the beauty of the bay. There are plenty of campsites to choose from, with over 500 sites catering to campers of every style. Larger groups can also be accommodated and many sites are equipped with plumbing and electrical hookups.

Activities: Canoeing, Boating, Hiking,  Fishing, Swimming, Natural Heritage Education, Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Winter Activities.

Facilities: Flush Toilets, Barrier Free Access, Camping, Electric Campsites, Showers, Day Use Area, Rentals, Group Camping, Boat Launch, Playground, Park Store, Roofed Accommodations, Laundry, Visitor Centre.

Google map

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Silent Lake Provincial Park

silent lake

Location: 1589 Silent Lake Park Road  Bancroft,

ON K0L 1C0

Phone: +1 (613)-339-2807

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

It’s a smaller park, but that doesn’t make it any less attractive to campers. Originally known as a sportsman’s paradise, with anglers from all over flocking to the landlocked private lake for the abundant fishing, the provincial park was opened to further share the beauty of the area. Campers can choose from two hundred sites, a few of which feature electrical hookups. Due to the great lengths taken to preserve the natural state of the park, amenities such as shower stations are limited.

Activities: Canoeing, Boating, Hiking,  Fishing, Swimming, Natural Heritage Education, Wildlife Viewing, Hunting, Winter Activities, Biking.

Facilities: Barrier Free Access, Camping, Electric Campsites, Flush Toilets, Showers, Day Use Area, Rentals, Roofed Accommodations, Boat Launch.

Google map

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Finlayson Point Provincial Park

finlayson point provincial park

Location: Temagami, ON,P0H 2H0

Phone: +1 (705)-569-3205

Reservation: 1-888-668-7275,

online reservation

 

 

 

Towering pine trees are the prime feature of Finlayson Provincial Park. Combine these ancient trees with deep, clear water and sandy beaches, and you have the recipe for a true camping paradise. They park is used frequently by adventurers as the base camp for outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, boating and fishing. The one hundred campsites are all located close to park amenities. Canoes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment is available to rent onsite for those spur of the moment adventures.

Activities: Canoeing, Boating, Hiking,  Fishing, Swimming, Wildlife Viewing, Natural Heritage Education, Winter Activities.

Facilities: Flush Toilets, Barrier Free Access, Camping, Electric Campsites, Showers, Day Use Area, Rentals, Group Camping, Boat Launch, Laundry, Visitor Centre, Playground, Park Store.

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3 comments

  1. Frustrated that we have limited/very limited campgrounds for winter camping in our travel trailer. Can anybody out there help with situation. Would prefer area to be central Ontario Canada. Thank you.
    Linda

    • Linda, I hear you! In addition to the Pinery you may enjoy winter camping at Valens Lake Conservation Area (Hamilton-Cambridge) and McGregor Point PP.

  2. I camped for the first time in my life in a brand new 2014, 2 season Travel Trailer at Milton Heights, in Milton. Open all year. Winter season starts in Oct and ends in May.

    All I can say is this: It was quite the Adventure. Thank you very much!
    Wow! I sure roughed it out! It was the coldest winter ever. No water all winter.
    Used the showers from the campsite and did my dishes in the laundry room of the site.
    I survived the ice storm, falling trees, and much more. Not for the faint of heart.

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