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Canoe on a rocky shore at sunset beside a shot of a nice comforatble double bed in a log cabin

It’s the middle of summer and we’re really feeling the beautiful weather! Take advantage by booking a weekend getaway.

You can search for your ideal campsite in our Camping navigation/reservation tool (including photos of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available from 12:00 p.m. on July 26, 2018):

southern ontario

Earl Rowe Provincial Park

Grassy site, fire pit and picnic table with a pole in the foregroundSite 44, Blue Heron Camp. tent

Enjoy daily programming, including free Learn to Fish lessons! Spend the day swimming or explore the park’s hiking trails, including an accessible, paved trail.

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

Darlington Provincial Park

Shady, grassy site with mature trees and shrubsSite 320, Camp Hilltop. tent

Darlington offers 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.

On Friday (July 27 at 6:30 p.m.), campers will have the opportunity to see some “live” animals like a skunk, porcupine, bobcat, and fox. Learn about these animals, how they survive in the wild, their species, adaptations and habitats.

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

Fitzroy Provincial Park

Plot with grass and mature deciduous treesSite 73, Camp Pinegrove. tent

Located at the junction of the meandering Carp River and the mighty Ottawa River, Fitzroy offers excellent family camping with large camping areas and plenty of swimming and hiking options nearby. The park is an ideal base for exploring the Ottawa Valley and the country’s capital.

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Fitzroy is 50 minutes from Ottawa and just over 2 hours from Kingston.

Ferris Provincial Park

Sunny campsite with grass, fire pit and picnic tableSite 91, Camp Bedrock. Camping in a tent or recreational vehicle

In Ferris you will find more 10 kilometres of trails that take you through forest and riverside environments. The Ranney Falls Trail follows the original road to Ferris Provincial Park before returning along the river. The suspension bridge offers a panoramic view of the River Trent Gorge and, of course, the Ranney Falls that give the trail its name.

July 28 is Turtle Day at Ferris Provincial Park! Meet some turtles, participate in fun family activities, and learn how we can protect turtles!

Ferris is 1.5 hours from Kingston and just over 2 hours from Toronto.

Near the north

Driftwood Provincial Park

Sandy site surrounded by mature treesSite 59, East River Camp. tent

Driftwood is located next to the cool, clear waters of the Ottawa River and offers a relaxing place to spend the weekend. It is also an ideal base camp for exploring the river and the mouth of the Dumoine River by sea kayak.

You couldn’t get into Algonquin? You can take a day trip to Algonquin with your camping permit, which gives you free access to any provincial park. Brent hotspot is just an hour away and Achray hotspot is just over two hours away.

Driftwood is 2.5 hours north of Ottawa and 1.5 hours east of North Bay.

Mikisew Provincial Park

Shaded campsite with many mature conifersSite 424, Campground 400. Tent or RV up to 24′

There are three sandy swimming beaches located along Eagle Lake in Mikisew Provincial Park. The lake is also ideal for boating, paddling and fishing.

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Mikisew is just over 3 hours from Toronto and 2.5 hours from Sudbury.

Northeastern Ontario

Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park

Shaded campsite on Lake IvanhoeSite 32, Camping Le Rivage. Tent or RV up to 32′ (electric)

A long sandy beach with warm, shallow water and a children’s playground make this park attractive for families with small children. Hikers will love exploring the boreal forest and the beautiful Esker Ridges. And don’t forget your fishing gear!

Big events are taking place at Ivanhoe Lake this weekend, including the Trees are Terrific and Feathered Friends Discovery programs.

Lake Ivanhoe is 2.5 hours from Timmins and 5.5 hours from Sudbury.

Pancake Bay Provincial Park

Shaded campsite. Site 144, East Camp. Tent or RV up to 18′

Pancake Bay has over 3 km of beautiful sandy beach with blue Caribbean waters. Enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Superior from the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout Trail. The park is located along the historic paddling route of fur trade travelers and is a short drive from many regional attractions.

Pancake Bay is 1 hour from Sault Ste Marie.

Northwestern Ontario

Aaron Provincial Park

Large loop campsite with fire pit and picnic tablesSite 49, Aaron B Campground. Tent or RV Camping (electric)

Aaron is right on Thunder Lake; a remnant of ancient glaciers that covered Ontario tens of thousands of years ago. Two sandy beaches and clear, shallow waters make Aaron an ideal destination for water activities, including swimming, boating, and fishing.

Aaron is 4 hours from Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.

Quetico Provincial Park

Canoe on a rocky coast at sunset next to a photo of a comfortable double bed in a wooden cabinLog Cabin

Paddle or hike through this majestic landscape during the day while enjoying quiet, relaxing evenings in the log cabin (right on French Lake!) at night. A rare vacancy in the summer, this cabin sleeps four people and features a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and barbecue.

Quetico is 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 3 hours west of Nipigon.

Don’t delay booking one of these fantastic campsites OR find your own vacant campsite with our online campsite search tool!