We are nearing the end of summer, which means we need to make the most out of it before we have to miserably brush the dust off of our winter jackets. There are so many times when we need a vacation, but can't afford it or are too busy to drive 9 hours there and back. Travelling is one of the most tedious things to do, and we want to make sure you spend your summer enjoying it instead of being stuck at an airport for a 10 hour layover for a few days of vacation.
To some, camping may not seem like the ideal vacation. But there are so many things to do while camping, it's hard to be bored. It's also a good way to detox from the city and all social media, considering most of us are consumed all day long. However, there are so many places to camp in Ontario that it may be overwhelming. So I've created a list that will save you the research and money all together.
Whether it's with your friends or your family, it's a great way to spend a weekend to close off the summer before school starts or before the weather drops to an unbearable temperature. Here are 9 of the best places you need to camp near Ottawa before the summer is over.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
Travel time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Sandbanks is unique in the fact that it has the worlds largest baymouth barrier dune formation. It has a list of activities you can do around the park, however the beaches are the best part and some of the nicest in Canada.
Rideau River Provincial Park
Travel time: 40 minutes
Less than an hour away from Ottawa, this camping spot is perfect for those who love to fish or canoe but also want to stick close to home.
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Travel time: 2 - 3 hours
The main attraction for this campsite is the 100 metre high Mazinaw Rock that makes it seem like you're not in Ontario anymore. There are plenty of hiking trails on this park as well and you can even canoe around the rock to see its beauty up close.
Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
Travel time: 1.5 - 2 hours
Surrounded by clear, beautiful lakes, this spot is perfect for those who love to be out on the water. There is plenty of room to fish, canoe, boat or swim while enjoying the stunning views.
Murphys Point Provincial Park
Travel time: 1 - 1.5 hours
There is a mine here from the 1900's that visitors are allowed to tour. It's a great spot to hike as there is so much wildlife around.
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
Travel time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
A great place to camp, as well as rent a cabin if you're not quite ready for that kind of commitment. With a lake surrounding the campsite, there are so many options for activities. You can also take in the view by hiking up to the tallest peak in the county.
Frontenac Provincial Park
Travel time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Since there are 22 lakes around this campsite, you can view all of them by canoeing or hiking around them. It's required to hike about 20 minutes to the campsite in the first place, so be ready for an adventure right away.
Fitzroy Provincial Park
Travel time: 50 minutes
This campsite is shaded by old trees, which really makes you feel like you're camping in the middle of a forest. It's a great place to relax and getaway from the city without going too far.
Silent Lake Provincial Park
Travel time: 3 - 3.5 hours
There are no motor boats or electrical boats allowed on Silent Lake, which means the time you spend here will be quiet, serene and relaxing (hence the name). You don't have to book in advance, and there are almost 20km worth of hiking trails. So if you're the adventurous type, pack your things and drive on up!
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