The Best Camping Places in Ontario

The Best Camping Places in Ontario
Ontario, Canada is the country's second largest province and holds millions of acres of wild and untamed country. Opportunities for most outdoor sports, like rock-climbing, canoeing and kayaking, river rafting, fly- and bait fishing, sailing, hiking, backpacking, skiing and camping, are possible. With all of the open country, it is hard to determine where the best camping spots are, or where to concentrate your efforts for a backcountry vacation. There are several areas of the province that stand out among the best the land has to offer for camping and adventure.

Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park makes the number one spot for Canadian camping areas at the Camping Tourist website. Algonquin allows front-country camping at a series of campgrounds, and backcountry camping in the parks deep wilderness. The park has several entrances and access points for camping. Visitors should contact the ranger district to inquire about locations, permits and current closures for backcountry sites. Algonquin is famous for its grey wolves, frequently heard baying at night. Moose, black bear, red fox, lynx and marten frequent the park, making for prime wildlife viewing. Guests should prepare for lots of black flies and mosquitoes during summer by bringing netting and repellant.

Algonquin Provincial Park
P.O. Box 219
Whitney, ON K0J 2M0

Long Point Provincial Park

The Toronto Globe and Mail's article on the best camping places in Canada featured the Long Point Provincial Park. Camping at the park is allowed at the campgrounds and front-country portion of the park. Long Point's location makes it a prime zone for bird watchers, as dozens of migratory species make their way through the area each year. The park has toilets and showers, boat launches, docks, swimming areas and wildlife viewing zones. Guests should take precautions against ticks, as lyme disease reports have filtered in from contact with the insects at the park. It is recommended to wear long pants and tuck them into socks when bushwhacking or walking through tall grass.

Long Point Provincial Park
Box 99
Rowan, ON N0E 1M0

Wabakimi Provincial Park

Wabakimi is located in the northwest part of the province and is a fly-in or canoe in park in the heart of Ontario's dense boreal forest. Visitors find solitude and wilderness camping among lakes, forests and wildlife like moose, black bear, wolves, fox, bald eagles and lynx. Air charters into the heart of the park are found in North Bay or Thunder Bay, Ontario. There is heavy bug activity during summer. Wabakimi is highly regarded by fly-fishermen and backcountry campers as a remote and beautiful park where visitors may not see another human during their entire stay, or for that matter, even see another airplane flying overhead. Visitors should arrange for trips and permits through the park headquarters in Thunder Bay.

Wabakimi Provincial Park
(Park Offices)
435 James St. South, Suite 221d
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6S8

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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