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Are you planning a cross-province adventure? Check out driving routes for Ontario parks.

Travel through a diverse landscape to experience windswept pines, pink granite rock outcrops of the Canadian Shield, and the lush mixed forest of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Lowlands.

This route is famous for its scenic beauty, indigenous history and rich Ontario canoe culture.

Algonquin Ontario Highlands Map

Parks you’ll want to explore along the way:

Awenda Provincial Park

campers on the beach

Explore over 2,900 hectares of forested land along the picturesque shores of Georgian Bay. The park’s trails, lakes, shorelines, marshes, marshes and campgrounds offer a mix of habitats for a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

water fall in Arrowhead

Located in the heart of Muskoka, this gem is known for its picturesque fall photo spots. Don’t miss the great curve viewpoint. Hike to a pretty waterfall or rent a mountain bike and try one of Arrowhead’s designated trails.

Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park

Slides at Oxtongue River Ragged Falls

The perfect place for a picnic! A short hiking trail leads to the waterfall.

Algonquin Provincial Park

autumn lake in Algonquin

The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges and thousands of lakes. Walk, cycle or paddle through its distinctive wilderness. For visitors, Algonquin Provincial Park’s Highway 60 corridor offers a visitor center, logging museum, art center, developed campgrounds, paddling access points, interpretive walking trails, lodges and on-site service providers. park, and camps for children.

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When fall arrives, Algonquin’s east gate gets very crowded. Find solitude at the north or west ends of the park, or visit on a weekday.

Bonnèchere Provincial Park

RV in Bonnechere

Explore the peaceful Bonnechere River, a great place to introduce friends and family to paddling. The park rents kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, which visitors can pick up at the boat launch.

Fitzroy Provincial Park

Carp Trail, Fitzro

Fitzroy offers great family camping, hiking and swimming along the Carp River and Ottawa River. The park is an ideal base for exploring the Ottawa Valley and the country’s capital.

Murphy’s Point Provincial Park

Installation of recreational vehicles at the campsite

Located on Big Rideau Lake (part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rideau Canal), the park’s natural beauty makes it the perfect place to hike or use as a base camp when exploring the historic city of Perth. The park also offers regular guided tours of the Silver Queen Mine, an early 20th century mica mine.

Bon Echo Provincial Park

Bon Echo Provincial Park

Visitors love the 100-meter-high Mazinaw Rock, which features more than 260 indigenous pictographs. The park’s fantastic hiking trails range from 1 to 17 km in length. Take an interpretive boat tour of Lake Mazinaw or join a natural heritage program.

Silent Lake Provincial Park

cyclists on outcrops and falls

Silent Lake is a great stop for hiking and mountain biking, and offers excellent swimming at its two sandy beaches. Make the most of your stay with a quiet and relaxing paddle. Motor boats and electric motors are not permitted on Silent Lake.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park

petroglyphs at the visitor center

The largest concentration of indigenous rock carvings (“glyphs”) in Canada is protected in this park. Visit the Learning Place Visitor Center to discover the traditions of the Ojibway (Nishnaabe) people through the teachings of the medicine wheel. Petroglyphs is an exclusive day-use park; There are no overnight camping facilities.

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Balsam Lake Provincial Park

boat rental - flat water reflection.

It’s easy to get out on the water at Balsam Lake! The park offers canoe, kayak, and paddle boat rentals, and has good fishing for walleye, muscle, and bass. Balsam Lake has a variety of powered and unpowered campsites for tents and RVs.