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8 Places Near Water In Ontario Where You Can Go Camping

Ontario has many majestic parks that provide a variety of sites for camping lovers. Whether you're a first time camper or camping is your favourite outdoor recreational activity, it's important to choose the best ground to set up your tent.

There are different types of camping offered at these sites to accommodate your preferences and comfort zone. Choose from car camping, backcountry camping, RV camping or stay in a roofed arrangement to enjoy your outdoor trip! Camping adventures are a lot of fun and worth planning at least once every summer.

Pack your bags, buy tons of s'mores and get prepared for the best outdoor experiences at one of these 8 majestic sites at Ontario parks:

1. Algonquin Park

276 km // 2 hr 53 min

Algonquin Park is known as the Gem of the Ontario Parks system because it's one of the most beautiful and popular sites for camping. It's located in Central Ontario, between the Ottawa River and Georgian Bay, approximately 3 hours from Toronto. Many experienced Algonquin campers go backcountry camping because they're able to backpack 8000 sq. km of lakes,rivers, rivers, bogs, forests and partake in a variety of outdoor activities (canoeing, hiking, paddling) while exploring the beautiful park. There are many animals at Algonquin such as foxes,eagles,wolfs, moose and even black bears!

2. Finlayson Point Park 

451.9 km // 4 hr 36 min

This camping park provides access to the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park and is located on the coast of Lake Temagami, about 5 hours from Toronto. There are hundreds of bays and thousands of kilometres of ancient pine shoreline to be explored. Campers enjoy swimming in the Temagami Lake because it warms up really fast during the summer due to the shallow water.

3. Sandbanks Provincial Park

218.1 km // 2hr 31 min

Sandbanks has the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation. It's approximately 2 and half hours from Toronto. This park provides the perfect grounds for campers who enjoy sandy beaches, swimming, walking trails with wetland habitats and canoeing. Camp sites are located practically on the water, just walking distance from the beach.

4. Bruce Peninsula Provincial Park

274.4 km // 3 hr 30 min

This park connects to one of the most prominent hiking trails in Ontario, Bruce Trail. Bruce Peninsula is also recognized for the crystal clear Georgian Bay water, rocky cliffs and cedar trees. It is located in Tobermory Ontario, 3 and half hour drive from Toronto. Going camping to Bruce Peninsula will leave you speechless, especially after stargazing in the dark sky preserve.

5. Bon Echo Provincial Park 

278.5 km // 3 hr 5 min

Bon Echo park offers camping opportunities for everyone, whether you're interested in backcountry camping, car camping, staying in an RV or roofed arrangements. It's located northeast of Toronto, approximately a 4 hour drive. There are many interesting things to see in Bon Echo, such as a 17 km hiking trail, the 100 metre high Mazinaw Rock displaying over 260 Aboriginal pictographs and majestic views on canoe trips.

6. Elora Gorge Conservation Area 

115.3 km // 1 hr 27 min

If you're looking for a more adventurous camping adventure, take a trip to Elora Gorge. It's located in Guelph, an hour and half away from Toronto! There are a variety of camping activities to choose from, such as zip lining, kayaking or inner tubing down the Grand River. Gaze at the 22 metre cliffs, waterfalls and go for a swim in the "old swimming hole" to cool yourself on a hot summer day.

7. Pinery Provincial Park 

229.5 km // 2 hr 45 min.

There are 3 main camping grounds at Pinery Provincial Park. Riverside, Burley and Dunes are open at different times of the year, are scattered around Pinery Park and offer accommodations to fit your camping preferences. It is located almost 3 hours away from Toronto, on Lake Huron's Old Ausable Channel.

8. Killarney Provincial Park 

411.3 km // 4 hr 6 min

Many campers go to Killarney for backcountry camping. It's located on the Georgian Bay coast and presents approximately 500 of beautiful scenery. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking experiences on the water or complete the 80 km La Cloche-Silhouette Trail. The 4 hour drive for a camping trip at Killarney is totally worth it to experience the beautiful landscape and wilderness it has to offer.

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