With winter finally loosening its grip, your thoughts may be drifting from pizza and Netflix back to your old muse, Mother Nature. Sure, you’ve been neglecting her, but you know that she’s going to be so happy to see you and before you stretches a summer of lake swims, shady hikes and creating memories around a delicious campfire dinner with family and friends.
If you want to ensure you get the best camp spots, you’d better make your reservations soon before other happy campers scoop your spot or you get roped into helping Doug from accounting move (again!)
Charleston Lake Provincial Park is home to this beautiful campground which open from May to mid October. You have the option of reaching it by canoe or via a quick 10-minute hike. From this campground, you can paddle to a group of small islands that are worth exploring. Avail yourself of the hiking tails around the campground that range in length from 2-10 km.
These are privies and campfire and full facilities for car campers.
Situated in Bronte Creek National Park, this campsite offers hiking in the ravine and a small animal farm. Just 40 minutes from downtown Toronto, and is equipped with all amenities. It is close to stores and a hospital, which makes this a perfect location for first-time campers and families with small children.
Nestled in the famous Algonquin Provincial Park, this campground on the shores of Cedar Lake provides a blend of wilderness and amenities for a comfortable camp. You can swim in the lake or take canoe trips to explore distant shores.
This smallish campground is on the shores of Cedar Lake on the northern edge of the park. With only 30 sites, the area feels more remote than it is, giving you the perfect blend of full amenities with a wilderness experience. You can also explore the Brent Meteorite Crater along the hiking trail.
The campsite is open from late April to Thanksgiving.
The oldest campground in Pinery Provincial Park, Burley provides a wild, quiet adventure. A short walk will land you on 10 km of sandy beach where you can swim, canoe or take in the spectacular sunsets. Hiking trails abound with a diverse terrain. The campground is situated in a stand of old-growth pines and is an excellent jump-off spot for exploring Lake Huron’s Old Ausable Channel.
Darlington Provincial Park
Long, sandy beaches, family camping, nature trails and picnic sites with events throughout the summer make Darlington a convenient location for Torontonians. You can elect to do a day trip or camp over at one of the three campgrounds; Lakeside, Cliffside and Hilltop. The campgrounds offer all amenities including electricity, toilets and showers.
Granite Ridge Campground
Small and not too crowded, reaching this campsite or hiking in the area can be challenging. While it is a ten-minute walk to get to the beach, you’ll appreciate the peace and quiet this remote location offers when the bigger campgrounds are full in the summer.
The campsite is furnished with all amenities and you can camp year-round. Yurts are available for winter stays when the hilly terrain makes for excellent cross-country skiing.