Summer’s almost here.
But camping season has already arrived. (Did it ever leave?)
Straight up: I’m not a roughing-it-in-the-woods-and-portage kind of woman. More like the occasional, every-other-year, borrow-a-tent-and-chill-car-camper type.
But when I get a chance to go, I do get into it.
I like the fact there are so many campgrounds and conservation authorities with camping areas within a one-to-two-hour drive from Toronto.
But at some point – not necessarily this summer – I’d love to attempt trips to the following sites (both national and provincial):
Point Pelee National Park. My number one future camping destination – with a bullet.
Why? First off, it’s the southern most point in Canada.
There are lush forests, close to 400 species of birds, and butterflies (which holds a quirky, if special place in my heart) – all on this parcel of land.
It would just be cool to hike or bike around, taking in the lovely scenery. And there are also shuttles that take you to the very tip of Pelee.
If I understand correctly, you can’t technically camp at Point Pelee; there are campgrounds in nearby Leamington. But it’s still close enough to get to the Park to explore.
Algonquin Provincial Park. I kind of feel as if it’s a pilgrimage that campers make at least once in their lifetime. And when I think of camping, this is the park that – for me – is synonymous with camping in Ontario.
This park is MASSIVE. And I like the fact there are activities and accommodations for all kinds of visitors – campgrounds for car campers, enthusiasts who prefer to “rough it” – even cabins for visitors who don’t like roasting marshmallows and getting a little dirty. You can even rent a yurt, if you’re so inclined!
Obviously, there are campgrounds within the park that are open all year round.
Tobermory/Bruce Peninsula National Park. One of my close friends camped at Tobermory with a bunch of her friends a bunch of years ago. The two things I remembered from her re-telling of the trip there:
(1) It’s a beautiful area.
(2) The weekend they went, there was a massive rainstorm. (Was there a thunderstorm, too? I don’t recall. Refresh my memory.)
Now, I’ve been southwest to the Pinery, along the shores of Lake Huron. But never as far north as the Bruce Peninsula or Georgian Bay. And from the looks of some of the images I’ve seen online, it just looks absolutely stunning, and so majestic it’s almost a bit overwhelming.
Unfortunately I’m not much of a swimmer, so I probably couldn’t enjoy the clear waters as much as someone who swims like a fish. But I can certainly appreciate the beauty just the same. And there are lots of other things to do and see in the area, whether it’s hiking or checking out some of the caves.
Aaaand it’s part of a UNESCO World Biosphere. That’s pretty special.
And even if I didn’t make it to the national park, any park or campground would do – the entire area looks beautiful.
Sandbanks Provincial Park. I’ve had friends who’ve camped at this park in Picton, Ontario, and they’ve had good things to say. Plus, it’s obviously not as far as Algonquin or Pelee.
The main attraction for me to this park – as for anyone – would be the beaches. And taking a bike ride along the sand dunes, or just lounging on the beach, just sounds lovely and relaxing.
Of course, there are many, many other campgrounds and parks that campers hold dear, that I haven’t mentioned.
I’d love to hear about other campgrounds/parks in Ontario that are worth visiting. If you’ve got a recommendation/suggestion, please leave ’em in the comments!