Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

Today’s post comes from Catherine Sugrue, writer for the leading Canadian lifestyle blog DoTheDaniel.com. Catherine is one of six content creators we invited to document and share her experience RVing at Ontario Parks in a custom RV as part of this year’s OP125 celebrations.

In 2018, Ontario Parks turned 125 years old.

Recognized around the world for their stunning scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities, Ontario’s parks welcome millions of people each year from around the world.

Woman standing in front of Ontario Parks RV

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I took my place among those millions and hopped into an RV with three of my friends on behalf of DoTheDaniel.com to explore some of these incredible parks this fall season.

Camping and exploring the outdoors isn’t just for summer, friends!

Immersing yourself in the wealth of iconic landscapes that Ontario has to offer was quite easy (and a lot of fun) while traveling in an RV.

So we headed north from Toronto along a predetermined route for six non-stop days of nature, campfires, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and incredible views.

woman looking towards fast moving river

Since my first foray into the RV life and first time visiting some of these areas was pretty epic, I thought I’d indulge you with a few reasons why I think you should get on the RV bandwagon too (I know I’m not It’s a train, but you get the idea).

1. There is a lot to explore

Our trip took us to six different campgrounds in five provincial parks.

Our first stop was Pancake Bay Provincial Park, where we were amazed by the beauty of Lake Superior in the morning and the stunning views of the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout Trail overlooking Batchawana Bay.

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Woman looking from wooden gazebo towards trees and water in the distance

Next up was Lake Superior Provincial Park, where we spent one night at Agawa Bay and another night at Rabbit Blanket (yes, there are rabbits everywhere).

Further north, we ventured to Neys Provincial Park, where I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

Driftwood on the beach during sunset.

We then headed to Rainbow Falls Provincial Park where we were able to hike around the falls. And our last stop was back south toward Toronto to Chutes Provincial Park near Georgian Bay.

Now that we’ve been able to experience those five amazing Ontario parks, we can’t wait to explore the remaining 335!

2. You literally drive your house from one place to another

Imagine arriving at a place to spend the night and having everything you need right there, including the kitchen and bed!

side of Ontario Parks RV at campground

Navigating northern Ontario in an RV was a breeze, as the designated campgrounds in Ontario parks that are equipped for them are quite good.

I loved being able to park in a stunning location, unload, and get ready for all the adventures ahead without having to worry about anything other than lighting a nice campfire and enjoying my surroundings.

3. Comfort is key

picnic table with plaid fabric.  frying pan with potatoes and water bottle and cup.

Each of the campsites we stayed at had a wide range of amenities and lots of wonderful things to explore everywhere.

I loved being able to cook all of our meals and sleep in a warm, safe environment, while enjoying the benefits of being in nature.

We make sure to do our research before arriving at each location, to ensure we maximize our exploration potential. We even had some free time to work, which is pretty amazing if you’re someone who can take their work with them wherever they go.

4. You can do whatever you want

One of the coolest things about RV living was our super flexible itinerary.

If we wanted to make a stop somewhere along the way, we could do so. Although we had a set plan for where we wanted to stay each night, that could have changed at any time and we could move forward quite easily.

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two people in the water on the beach

We were able to see some beautiful places along the route.

One of my favorite stops was Katherine’s Cove, where we sunbathed on the soft sandy beaches and swam in the refreshing waters of Lake Superior.

At Rabbit Blanket we took advantage of the fact that canoes can be rented and I was able to fish a little.

canoe tip in the water with fishing rod

It was easy to follow the routes along the river to transport you to another hidden gem of a lake along clearly marked trails. Some campgrounds also rent other equipment, such as kayaks and bicycles, for your enjoyment. No need to pack them in the RV (although you probably could)!

Rabbit blanket lake

5. You get by with a little help from your friends

The community of people in each of the parks really impacted me. There is a certain level of unspoken camaraderie among those who camp, RV, and enjoy the outdoors.

Every time we ended up somewhere new, we were immediately greeted with smiles and waves. We even met some dogs (I made sure to pet them all).

I even loved how you felt connected to other RVers along the roads as you drove by, giving them the universal “I feel you too, buddy; this is freaking awesome” gesture.

two people holding orange "ontario parks" mugs in front of the beach

Although we enjoyed the scenery, the company itself was truly magical.

We were able to connect, not only because we were basically forced to do so by our proximity in the RV, but also because of the experiences offered at all the parks in Ontario. We spend our mornings relaxing, our afternoons exploring, and our nights laughing.

I’m already planning our next trip.

Catherine Sugrue is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) and founder of Catherine’s Cabinet, and a writer for the leading Canadian lifestyle blog DoTheDaniel.com. With a passion for adventure and experiencing all that the outdoors has to offer during every season, you will find her doing anything from traveling around the world to exploring local areas while hiking, camping, fishing, and everything in between.