Best Places to Camp in Ontario
Best Places to Camp in Ontario
Posted on July 18, 2022
Ontario has some of the best campsites in Canada, thanks to its diverse landscapes. If it's your first time or you're a regular visitor, you'll find lakes, forests, rocks, and trees to provide an enchanting experience. It’s a popular place to camp, and each summer weekend, thousands of Ontario families take to the roads and venture out of the city to explore the great outdoors.
Here are some of the best places where you can go camping in Ontario:
The Algonquin Provincial Park
The Algonquin Provincial Park may well be the most famous provincial park. With almost 8,000 square kilometres covered, this park has space. Several campgrounds are located along Highway 60, which runs through the park's centre. Each campground is unique.
Lake of Two Rivers Campground is this area's most popular camping location. Tall pine trees surround the campsites and there is a large sandy beach. Perfect for swimming or canoe launching, while hiking and biking trails are just a short distance away.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
There are more than 500 campsites at Sandbanks. It offers four different campgrounds with different camping experiences, from relaxing and peaceful to fun for the whole family.
Campers enjoy the three beaches at the campground, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. You'll find shallow, warm water at two beaches, and another has a dune leading into the water. Throughout the park, six hiking trails offer views of dunes, marshes, and wildflowers.
Provincial Park Bon Echo
You’ll remember many things about camping at Bon Echo Provincial Park, but one of them is the massive wall of granite which descends 100 metres straight into Mazinaw Lake. Bon Echo offers camping at two facilities: The Mazinaw Campground offers 395 sites, surrounded by granite outcroppings and a pine forest. These campsites all have electricity, except those with walk-in access. There are a few historic buildings and a wide swimming beach on the lake after a short walk.
A park is ideal for people who want to experience more nature and see wildlife more frequently. There are 100 sites at Hardwood Hill Campground, located not far from Mazinaw Lake.
Provincial Park Neys
Located on the shores of a large bay bordering Lake Superior, the park is miles away from civilization. Although Neys has only 150 campsites, the campsites are scattered over a large area, making it feel as if you're in the middle of nowhere.
Among the campsites is Area 1, which has a view of Lake Superior and is in an open, bright area. Sites here have grass and electricity and are ideal for big RVs. The second and third areas are located in dense forests, offering the best privacy. Camping is best in Area 4, with some tents and a boat launch.
A long, sandy beach is ideal for walking alone. Depending on your tolerance level, the water heats up enough that you can enjoy swimming a long way out. Sometimes, water from the Little Pic River causes the nearby water to turn muddy and silty following heavy rainfall.