Ontario Provincial Parks you've camped at

Discussion in 'Ontario' started by ALICAM, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Canoe2fish

    Canoe2fish Member

    Apr 14, 2014
    French River
    Bon Echo
    6 Mile lake
    Halfway Lake
  2. Stak

    Stak New Member

    Jun 14, 2016
    In a tent in the past....
    Pinery Provincial Park (Dunes, Burley and Riverside), X 6 (annual vacation trip)
    Algonquin (Lake of Two Rivers)

    This year in our new Pup...
    Pinery Provincial Park (Dunes)
    Algonquin (Rock Lake)....upcoming

    Really disappointed with the whole reservation system, but with the Pup hopefully the camping season is extended now [;)]
  3. ccptbo

    ccptbo Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2013
    Peterborough area, ON
    Thanks for the review of Bass and Oastler!
  4. SlavCo

    SlavCo Member

    Mar 16, 2016
    Yes, it was over the August long weekend. I'm not typically a tight a$$ over things like that, but having a large crowd less than 30ft from my trailer making noise until late (past midnight) is a bit annoying. If it's a small gathering hanging out by campfire all night chatting away then no problem. But once you get a large number of people everyone wants to be heard, so by default you will be loud even if you try to be quiet :)

    I'm heading up to Saugeen Bluffs conservation area (by lake Huron) Labour Day weekend, never been there before. I will post a review once I get back!
  5. SlavCo

    SlavCo Member

    Mar 16, 2016
    As promised... Here's a quick summary of Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area.

    It's located on Saugeen River, between Paisly and Port Elgin, Ontario. There is a good number of electric sites and also unserviced sites available, if I recall correctly about 200 in total. Serviced sites include electricity and water hook up, no sewer. They do have the portable tanks available (not sure if you need to pay to use them) if you're staying longer and need to empty your tanks. There is a small store available in the park which carries bare necessities or you can drive 10 minutes into town if needed. There is no cell phone service in the park, you need to drive out to the gate to get a signal. This is both a pain in the butt and also a blessing as it does allow you to fully unplug.

    There is a good size playground for the kids and they have a small wading pool - maybe 15ft in diameter. There are horseshoes and some other activities, quite good to keep the kids busy.

    Unfortunately, if you're looking to swim, you will be disappointed. Although the river is great for canoeing or kayaking, it is very rocky and quite shallow making anything beyond dipping your feet in impossible. If you want beach and swimming then Port Elgin on lake Huron is about 15-20min away.

    Personally, I found the sites a little too cramped and close together, and with that many people come foot and car traffic, it just gets busy, too busy for my liking. I like to go camping to get away from people, this trip felt more like a tailgate party :) But to each their own.
    The unserviced sites were much more private and quiet as they're tucked away in more treed area.

    Although it was not horrible, it was not great either, I don't think I will be returning here anytime soon.

    I have one more trip planned for this year to Killbear PP, now that I am very excited about! [8D]
  6. Jonnieb

    Jonnieb New Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Ontario, Canada
    Algonquin (Rock Lake, Two Rivers, Pog, Kearney, Canisbay, Tea, Mew), Sandbanks, Grundy, Killbear, Arrowhead, Balsam,
  7. Garland

    Garland New Member

    Jul 10, 2017
    Almonte ON
    Here is my list, along with highlights, good or bad.
    Agonquin - Achray, mud lake. Scouting camp, late June, NO TENTS! Mosquito hell.
    Bon Echo - loved the cliffs.
    Lake St. Peter - Small, tranquil.
    Murphy's Point - A field covered in fireflies.
    Bonnechere - meh
    Charleston Lake - gorgeous in September.
    Driftwood - Just this weekend. Nice.
  8. Limmer

    Limmer Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    We started camping about 6 years ago so our list is smallish but really looking forward to expanding it with our PUP!

    Six Mile Lake (several times, this was our first)
    Silent Lake
    Sibbald Point
    Awenda (many times, our fav so far)
    Arrowhead (twice)

    Adding this year:
    Bon Echo
  9. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2007
  10. algonquingirl

    algonquingirl New Member

    Sep 15, 2018
    I grew up camping with my parents. Here's my list so far:

    Algonquin (over 30 years of car camping - Canisbay & Pog Lake, tent camping - Canisbay & Pog Lake and back country camping)
    Bon Echo
    Turkey Point
    McGregor Point
    The Pinery

    This is such a small list [EEK]! Gotta work on that with my new trailer :)
  11. Redbird234

    Redbird234 Member

    May 27, 2018
    We went to Agawa PP on Lake Superior this summer.

    The setting is incredible. In the unserviced area there are sites right on the beach. They are incredible and worth getting up early to book. Across the road all the sites have water views. Also great sites. The back to rows are RIGHT beside the highway.

    There are serviced sites with water views but they are not big sites.

    It's worth the drive, the park is huge and there are tons of amazing hikes.

    The entire staff is brought in for the summer so the vibe is very different, as long as you are not noisy they don't care how many people are on the site, how many vehicles or how many tents. No cell service, at least half the campers had American plates.

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