Set your alarm clocks all you camping-loving Canadians.
Reservation lines for the best campsites at National Parks in Ontario open this week and considering the high demand for free 2017 parks passes, chances are these campsites are going to go fast.
Here’s a primer on the campsites and accommodations available plus most importantly, when to call to secure your summer camping adventure ASAP.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Types of camping sites: Tent, RV, Yurts, Backcountry
This national park in Southern Ontario boasts “semi-wilderness” camping in varied locations. Choose from drive-in sites and group-friendly sites at the Cyprus Lake Campground, backcountry camping along the Bruce Trail at Stormhaven or High Dump, and yurt camping along the shore of Cyprus Lake.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Types of camping sites: Tent, oTENTik, Cabins
Camp on Beausoleil Island, the largest of the park’s islands offering nine boat-accessible campgrounds scattered along the eastern and northern shores. Campers can ‘rough it’ staying at the primitive campground, or enjoy a full service experience complete with flush toilets, showers and drinking water available at Cedar Spring Campground.
In addition to 103 tent sites, find rustic cabins, oTENTiks and Island Safari Tents available by reservation.
Thousand Islands National Park
Types of camping sites: Tent, oTENTik
Reserve a riverside oTENTik (part cabin, part tent), go classic camping and BYO tent, or take the easy route with fully equipped camping offered by this national park.
For $55 per night, the park will supply a site along with a tent (sleeps six), sleeping pads, dining shelter, propane stove, cooking gear, plates, cups, utensils, latern, tarp, coffee press, BBQ lighter and a thermos.
Pukaskwa National Park
Types of camping sites: Tent, Backcountry
Discover the wiigwaam and jiibaakwewgamig (cook tent) at the Anishinaabe Camp or soak up the solitude at the Hattie Cove Campground. Want to go deep still? Hike or paddle to remote sites on Lake Superior’s north shore.
Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada
Types of camping sites: oTENTik, Cabin
Enjoy the convenience of these out accommodations. Each site is outfitted with a fire pit, propane BBQ, food prep station, picnic table and Muskoka chairs, while nearby you’ll find showers, fire wood and ice for sale, water access for canoes and kayaks and drivable destinations to day trip.
Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada
Types of camping sites: oTENTik
Consider the oTENTik accommodations at this national park, the ideal base camp for exploring Ontario’s historic canals. Campsites are furnished with a picnic table, fire pit, BBQ and food prep area, deck chairs and food storage box, while in the vicinity you’ll find washrooms with showers and essentials like firewood and ice for sale.