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Why you should go north to camp this summer

If you’ve been looking at our booking system lately, you’ll have already noticed this: our southern provincial parks are SUPER busy this year!

This summer, the solution to finding a quiet camping trip might be to head north.

There, you’ll not only find more space to camp in peace, but also opportunities to explore landscapes like no other in southern Ontario.

The northern draw

Northern Ontario’s parks are waiting to be discovered.

Rocky shoreline of Lake Superior under a blue sky

From vast boreal forests to the rugged Canadian Shield and Lake Superior shoreline, you’ll find some of the best views the province has to offer.

Silhouette of a woman fishing on a rocky shore

In the north, you’ll be away from the hustle and bustle of urban life in the south.

The first thing you’ll notice is the lack of city sounds. His stay in northern Ontario will give him the opportunity to fall asleep to the sound of frogs in a nearby swamp, wake up to birdsong or simply listen to the rapid flow of a river and reflect.

Northern parks offer a wide range of amenities: tent and RV camping, hiking, swimming and much more.

These are the parks you should visit while you are in the north:

Northeastern Ontario

Nagagamisis Provincial Park

Sunset over the lake.

Nagagamisis contains a 15 kilometer long lake surrounded by lush boreal forest. The park has a beautiful sandy beach where you can relax and swim all day in crystal clear waters.

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Anglers return year after year to this large secluded lake, attracted by the excellent fishing for walleye, pike, and yellow perch.

Missinaibi Provincial Park

Paddling a canoe on a lake in the early afternoon

Lake Missinaibi was once a busy canoe “road.” Indigenous people rowed this important trade route for thousands of years, and travelers used the Missinaibi River as a vital link between the Great Lakes and James Bay.

Now, the lake is a remote location for water recreation activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing.

Lake Missinaibi is a long, seemingly endless stretch of lake surrounded by boreal forest. “Big Miss,” as locals and park staff call it, is very big: 40 km long, with another stretch, Baltic Bay, measuring 20 km.

You’ll find stellar fishing for whitefish, walleye, and northern pike. Lake trout (and there are some nice ones there!) can be caught with downriggers.

Lake Wakami Provincial Park

Man holding a pike perch

Lake Wakami is located in the heart of northeastern Ontario’s boreal forest. Quiet and away from busy highways and city lights, the night skies are full of stars and nature surrounds you every day. Walking, rowing, boating or fishing – it’s easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Lake Wakami offers four small campsites; Birch Hill, Pine Grove, Maple Ridge and Brown’s Bay, covering just 59 campsites. Many of the sites offer spectacular views and access to the sea.

Park staff from all over the northeast head to Lake Wakami when they want to go fishing. Tasty walleye and large northern pike abound in this picturesque 15 km long lake.

Mississagi Provincial Park

Hiker at a viewpoint with a dog.

Located above Lake Huron, just east of Sault Ste Marie, this rugged landscape of hills, ridges, cliffs and sparkling lakes is ideal for hiking, and Mississagi has more than 40 km of trails to explore.

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The park features a rugged landscape of ancient hills and crystal-clear lakes, including a variety of hiking trails and paddling opportunities.

Northwestern Ontario

Neys Provincial Park

sunset over neys beach

Neys has a long sandy beach on the shores of Lake Superior, adjacent to the campground. Explore the park’s trails along exposed coastal rocks to discover why the park’s panoramic views were a popular subject for Group of Seven artwork.

Here you’ll find the stunning view of Pic Island made famous by Lawren Harris in 1924, and opportunities to learn about his works.

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Rocky coast with blue water and blue skies

Stop in the park to see waterfalls cascading over the rocky ledges of Rainbow Falls.

You can shake off the cobwebs with a hike along the Casque Isle Trail or camp along the rugged shore of Lake Superior.

White Lake Provincial Park

hiker looking at the lake

White Lake offers three nature trails to explore the beautiful boreal forest.

A hike along the Tiny Bog Trail will show the beauty of the area. The trail circles two large beaver ponds and then climbs a sandy Jack Pines ridge before reaching the swamp, where insect-eating plants such as sundew and pitcher plant grow.

Rushing River Provincial Park

Bridge and rapids at Rushing River

Rushing River is approximately 2.5 hours from Winnipeg and about 5 hours from Thunder Bay. With beaches, hiking trails, and of course, the rapids along the river, what’s not to love?

Try to have a vacation during the week to make sure you can get a place to camp, it’s very busy on the weekends!

Quetico Provincial Park

Northern lights over the lake

Thirty-five kilometers of trails surround Quetico’s Dawson Trail Campground. These will expose you to Quetico’s pine and spruce forests, picturesque lakes and rivers, and biodiversity.

We recommend hiking the French Portage Trail if you’re looking for a challenge. It’s a walk into the past, tracing transportation established by First Nations and later used by European fur traders.

In which northern park will we see you this summer? Visit our online reservation service to reserve today.