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B&Bs are great bases for exploring the provincial parks

Do you long for the warm welcome, soft bed and hearty meals of a bed & breakfast during your travels? Do you want to explore Ontario’s stunning natural landscapes?

Why not do both?

Book a stay in a cozy bed & breakfast and use it as a base for daily excursions to the parks.

We chatted with the Ontario Bed and Breakfast Federation to discover nine of the best B&B and provincial park combinations in Ontario.

1. Sleepy Hollow Bed & Breakfast (Gananoque)

30 minutes from Lake Charleston Provincial Park

Sleepy Hollow B&B

The B&B: Sleepy Hollow, a 1905 Victorian mansion, is an Ontario World Heritage Site building. Revel in the atmosphere of a bygone era or take a walking tour of Gananoque. The B&B will be happy to recommend the best restaurants, pizzerias and pubs.

Charleston Lake Bay

The park: Charleston Lake offers many opportunities for paddle sports enthusiasts and the park is widely known as an excellent fishing destination. Hikers love the rocky lake and forest landscape that is an extension of the Canadian Shield.

2. Nap-n-Nosh Bed & Breakfast (Bloomfield)

15 minutes from Sandbanks Provincial Park

Nap n Nosh front

The B&B: Nap-n-Nosh is known for its gourmet breakfasts and landscaped grounds (with gazebos and pond). It is located at the center of over 50 wineries and breweries, numerous museums, great restaurants, and the largest concentration of artists in Ontario.

A day pass to Ontario Parks is available for guests to sign out on a first-come, first-served basis.

sandy beach

The park: Sandbanks is home to the largest bay barrier dune formation in the world and features three long sandy beaches that some say are among the best in Canada.

Nap-n-Nosh B&B is also just 30 minutes from North Beach Provincial Park and just 45 minutes from Presqu’ile Provincial Park.

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3. Muskoka Dream Catcher Bed & Breakfast (Huntsville)

10 minutes from Arrowhead Provincial Park

Muskoka Dreamcatcher B&B

The B&B: Muskoka Dream Catcher is located steps from the shops and restaurants of downtown Huntsville. Relax in the deep tub and indulge in a selection of homemade delights.

waterfalls and bridge

The park: Arrowhead’s 8 miles of trails surround ancient cliffs and spring-fed lakes. Enjoy an afternoon on the park’s sandy beaches or try trout fishing in a stocked lake.

Muskoka Dream Catcher B&B is also just 40 minutes from Algonquin Provincial Park.

4. Montrose Inn Boutique Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room (Belleville)

30 minutes from Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Montrose

The B&B: Montrose Inn offers a great, freshly cooked hot breakfast every day (and will be happy to offer vegetarian or gluten-free options). Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club is less than 1 km from the Inn and has a fabulous restaurant. All rooms have views of the Bay of Quinte.

lighthouse

The park: Presqu’ile is a migration point that bird watchers will love. Explore 16 km of trails along the coast and through forests and meadows. If you stay overnight at the Inn, you can order a hearty picnic lunch to eat on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Montrose Inn is also just 45 minutes from Ferris, North Beach and Sandbanks Provincial Parks.

5. Bed & Breakfast at Eldorado Beach on Lake Superior (Thunder Bay)

40 minutes from Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

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The B&B: Eldorado Beach on Lake Superior is a comfortable B&B located right on the shore. Relax in a whirlpool on the outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Superior or sleep by the fire in the guest lounge.

SleepGiant Cliffs

The park: With over 80km of incredible walking trails, visitors to Sleeping Giant enjoy spectacular geological features such as the Sea Lion and Tee Harbour. Paddle on Lake Marie Louise, climb the “Giant” and keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant wildlife of Ontario’s boreal forest.

Eldorado Beach on Lake Superior is also just 30 minutes from Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park and just 1 hour from Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park.

6. Among the Maples Bed & Breakfast (Owen Sound)

Less than 1 hour from MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Between the front of the maples

The B&B: A century-old home with today’s amenities, Between the Maples offers guests a view of Georgian Bay. Stroll through the marina and harbor to the restaurants, museums and shops of downtown Owen Sound.

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bird watchers on the ladder

The park: MacGregor Point is one of the most ecologically diverse natural sites along the Lake Huron shoreline.

Between the Maples is also just 30 minutes from Sauble Falls Provincial Park and just over 1 hour from Inverhuron Provincial Park.

7. Stone Edge Estate Bed & Breakfast (Georgetown)

20 minutes from Forks of the Credit Provincial Park.

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The B&B: This luxurious three-bedroom B&B is located on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. This property offers an indoor pool, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, elevator, and cozy common rooms with a fireplace and beautiful views.

Forks of the Credit Cascade

The park: Forks of the Credit is located on the famous Bruce Trail, and hikers love visiting for scenic hikes, fishing, and picnicking.

Stone Edge Estate is also just 45 minutes from Mono Cliffs Provincial Park and just 1 hour from Earl Rowe Provincial Park.

8. Wasaga House (Wasaga Beach)

10 minutes from Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

Casa Wasage B&B

The B&B: Experience warm hospitality all year round at Casa Wasaga B&B – modern, spacious, private and pet-friendly. CasaWasaga may not look like a traditional B&B, but it is equipped with modern features and amenities to make your trips exceptionally comfortable, relaxing and satisfying.

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The park: Wasaga Beach is home to the world’s longest freshwater beach with a safe sandy shoreline. Take a walk for a day by the water!

Casa Wasaga B&B is also just 30 minutes from Springwater Provincial Park and just 1 hour from Awenda Provincial Park.

9. Bed & Breakfast in Wasaga Beach (Wasaga Beach)

10 minutes from Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

Bed and breakfast

The B&B: Close to Blue Mountain and Collingwood, this beach house is located next to bike trails and just one block from shops, restaurants and bars. After your sunset stroll, enjoy a campfire next to a bubbling waterfall.

Wasaga Beach Road

The park: The Wasaga Beach Visitor Center is the gateway to the Nancy Island Historic Site, which features a theater, museum, and a replica of the Great Lakes Lighthouse. Guests also love walking the dunes, paddling the Nottawasaga River, or simply lying on the beach.

Wasaga Beach B&B is also just 30 minutes from Springwater Provincial Park and just 1 hour from Awenda Provincial Park.

Ready for a vacation that combines comfort and exploration?

Head to one of these park/B&B combinations, or search the Ontario Federation’s Bed & Breakfast database for a B&B near your favorite provincial park.

Ontario Parks would like to thank corporate partners like the Ontario Bed and Breakfast Federation for their support.