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Camping Vacancy Highlights: August 16-18

This August, Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days. You know what would make tackling that challenge really easy? Spend a whole weekend in nature!

Find your ideal campsite in our Campsite navigation/Booking tool (including photos of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available starting at noon on August 15, 2019):

Northwestern Ontario

Quetico Provincial Park

The view of site 89 shows many tall pine trees on the site.Site 89, Dawson Trail – Ojibwa Camp. tent

Quetico is one of our iconic parks, known for its rugged beauty, towering rock cliffs, majestic waterfalls, pristine pine and fir forests, and picturesque rivers and lakes.

Quetico is 4 hours east of Kenora or 2 hours west of Thunder Bay.

Neys Provincial Park

View of site 77 with trees around.Site 112, Campground Area 4. Tent or RV up to 18 feet

Neys is home to one of the best sandy beaches on the north shore of Lake Superior. While you’re here, don’t miss the Pic Island Overlook Trail. It takes you to a lookout that has a spectacular view of Pic Island, immortalized on canvas by Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven.

Neys is 3.5 hours from Thunder Bay.

Northeastern Ontario

Pancake Bay Provincial Park

The view of site 447 shows a shady site with flat terrain.Site 447, West Camp. tent

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Pancake Bay features over 3 km of beautiful sandy beaches and blue Caribbean waters. Enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Superior from the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout hiking trail. The park is located along the historic Travelers’ Rowing Route and is a short drive from many regional attractions.

Pancake Bay is 1 hour from Sault Ste Marie.

Nagagamisis Provincial Park

View of site 41 with the water in the background.Site 41, Eastbay B Campground. Tent or RV up to 32 feet *electric* *seafront*

This campsite is just steps from the park’s beautiful sandy beach, where you can relax and swim all day in crystal clear waters. Use the park as a starting point for challenging canoe routes on the Nagagami and Shekak Rivers. Anglers return year after year to this large secluded lake, attracted by the excellent fishing for walleye, pike, and yellow perch.

Nagagamisis is 4.5 hours north of Sault Ste. Marie. Marie or 4.5 hours west of Timmins

Near the north

Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park

View of site 158 among the trees.Site 158, Jingwakoki East Camp. tent

Samuel de Champlain is located on the historic Mattawa River fur trade route in the Mattawa Valley. Discovery staff at the park offer interactive programming suitable for all ages. Relaxing by the refreshing, clear waters of Lake Moore is a fantastic way to spend a warm day.

Samuel de Champlain It is 40 minutes east of North Bay and approximately 3.5 hours from Ottawa.

Finlayson Point Provincial Park

View of site 49 showing a nice piece of land covered in dirt.Site 49, East Camp. Tent or RV up to 18 feet *electric*

Rest and relax on the shore of beautiful Lake Temagami, where canoes, boats and seaplanes pass by. Swim off sandy beaches and snorkel in deep, crystal-clear waters. Hike to the Caribou Mountain Overlook or head into town to climb the Temagami Fire Tower for a view of the park, Temagami City, and Lake Temagami.

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Finlayson Point is less than 5 hours from Toronto and 2 hours from Sudbury.

southwestern ontario

Wheatley Provincial Park

View of site 115 showing a nice grass cover and a large tree to the left of the site.Site 115, Camp Highlands. Tent or RV up to 25 feet

Wheatley Campgrounds are situated among a tangle of streams in a beautiful Carolina wooded forest (at the same latitude as Northern California!). Walks in the park pass through a mature forest of oak, walnut, tulip, sassafras, chestnut, and black gum trees.

Wheatley is 1 hour from Detroit, Windsor and London.

Earl Rowe Provincial Park

View of site 62 surrounded by cedars.Site 62, Rabbit Loop and Blue Heron Campground. tent

Enjoy daily programming from Discovery and free lessons from Learn to Fish. Spend the day swimming or explore the park’s hiking trails, including the paved Fletcher’s Mill Pond Trail.

Earl Rowe is only 1.5 hours from Toronto or 45 minutes from Barrie.

Southeastern Ontario

Darlington Provincial Park

View of site 276 showing green grass cover of a passage site.Site 276, Camp Hilltop. Tent or RV up to 18 feet

In Darlington you’ll find a beautiful stretch of sandy beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. The sheltered waters of McLaughlin Bay are ideal for canoes and paddle boats.

Darlington is less than 1 hour from Toronto, 2 hours from Kingston and 20 minutes from Oshawa.

Rideau River Provincial Park

View of site 110 showing good grass coverage.Site 110, West Camp. Tent or RV up to 18 feet

The Rideau River is an ideal base for exploring Ottawa and the historic Rideau Canal. Visit this website and click on “Paddling Guide 14” to see points of interest near the park, such as a 7km paddle up Kemptville Creek to the town of Kemptville.

The Rideau River is 40 minutes from Ottawa and 1.5 hours from Kingston.

Find a campsite near you with our online campsite search tool and spend this weekend in nature!