Thu. Feb 29th, 2024
5 Reasons to Stay in Emily Provincial Park

Family with small children? This is the park for you!

We have great private campgrounds, activities to keep the little ones entertained for hours, and big cities are just a short drive away.

Emily Provincial Park is located in Omemee (Neil Young’s hometown!). Keep this little hidden gem in mind for your summer road trip plans.

Main entrance sign in Emily.

Just 30 minutes northwest of Peterborough, one hour from Oshawa and less than two hours from Toronto.

These are just a few of the reasons why your family will love this park.

1. Large private campsites

We know the feeling. Some days, you just need an escape. It is important to recharge your batteries.

At Emily, you can pack everything AND the kitchen sink, and it still fits in your place! We have 300 campsites to choose from. Surely one will suit your needs.

Camping Cedar: the traditional and typical sites. Best for tent camping.

View of Campsite 24 at Cedar Campgrounds.

Hill Campground – Ideal for small RVs and pop-up trailers.

View of campsite 116 at the hill campground.

Circle Campground – Large RVs, Fifth Wheels, and BIG Tent Sites.

View from one of the campsites at Circle Campground in Emily.

Lookout Campground – Premium sites (book early before they’re gone!).

View from Campsite 308 at Lookout Campground.

2. Swim in the Pigeon River

No vacation time would be complete without a trip to the beach!

Visitors enjoying the day at the beach.

Enjoy the feel of sand between your toes on either of Emily’s two wide beaches. They both have a shallow entrance, making them ideal for kids!

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3. Weekly discovery programs

Stop by one of the many programs held at the park!

We have something for everyone to enjoy.

Visitor investigating a glass with aquatic elements inside during one of the programs.

Discover something new in our “Meet the Naturalist” programs.

Participants checking out the touch table in the Meet the Naturalist program.

We also offer several children’s programs throughout the week. Fan favorites include: “Sassy Bug Builders,” “Live Under the Waves,” and “Art in the Park.”

Young camper painting during one of the Art in the Park programs.

Join us Thursday and Saturday nights in the amphitheater for one of our entertaining evening programs.

Costumed staff taking photos after a late night show.

We also organize the Learn to Fish program! During this two-hour session you will learn all the basics of fishing. PLUS, we provide all equipment, tackle and bait! Cast your first line with our staff members by your side in case you need help achieving the most important one.

Participants in a Learn to Fish session watch the fish they just caught with Emily's Learn to Fish leader.

On the rare occasion that we don’t have programming, visit the park store or gate to pick up our self-guided Emily Quest activity booklets.

Three of the self-guided mission brochures on a table.

4. Exploring Emily

At only 83ha, we don’t have the largest trail system, BUT we do have an informative one!

Hike the Marsh and Fern Trails to learn all about the local flora that surrounds you.

Retained trail sign with a view of the trail

Each trail is less than 500m, perfect for little feet!

If hiking isn’t your thing, rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from the Park Store and explore the beautiful marsh just south of the beach.

A view of the north pier jetty.

A navigator? Launch your own boat and explore the Trent-Severn Canal.

We have many designated trailer parking spots right next to the boat launch, giving you more time on the water.

5. Near picturesque towns

Downtown Peterborough during PTBO Pulse with Maket Hall in the background.Beautiful market during PTBO Pulse

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One of the best reasons to camp in Emily, especially if you have young children, is that there is always something going on in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Sometimes you just need time away from the campsite. A change of scenery. Emily is the perfect place for your outings.

Visit the city of Peterborough and attend one of the many events held each weekend. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, head to beautiful downtown Bobcaygeon or Millbrook.

Whatever your adventure, it’s sure to be nearby.

Have we already convinced you?

We also offer locally made ice cream at the Park Store, adjoining campsites for larger group outings, and two rentable picnic shelters if you simply want to escape for a day and reconnect with family and friends in nature.

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