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The 10 most beautiful campsites in Ontario

Campsites in Ontario are often beautiful places, but there are a select group of parks that take it to the next level. These are typically sites that draw backcountry campers who want to escape to the wilderness for a few days and soak up the serene beauty of the northern landscape, but there are also a few that'll appeal to even the most novice camper.

Here are my picks for the most beautiful campsites in Ontario.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

This massive provincial park covers a whopping 1,600 kilometres, much of which is on the rugged Lake Superior Shoreline. You won't find many places that show off the beauty of the Ontario landscape better than here.

killarney

Just one of the hundreds of amazing views at Killarney. Photo via Ontario Parks.

Killarney

A backcountry camper's dream, this provincial park is great for multi-day trips where you can explore the Georgian Bay shoreline as well as the beautiful lakes among the Jack Pine hills. It's like travelling through a Group of Seven painting.

bruce peninsula national park

The rugged beauty of the Bruce Peninsula. Photo via Parks Canada.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

The area around Tobermory is quite possibly the most beautiful in the entire province. From stunning cliffs to hidden grottos to shipwrecks lurking under aquamarine waters, there's virtually no end to the visual splendour here.

algonquin park

A misty morning at in Algonquin. Photo via Ontario Parks.

Algonquin

This provincial park is at its finest when you head to the interior campsites and get away from the crowds at the main entry points. Once there, you'll be treated to the pristine wilderness of Ontario. You might just encounter a moose or two as well.

sleeping giant provincial park

Looking out at Marie Louise Lake at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Photo via Ontario Parks.

Sleeping Giant

It's not a coincidence that many of Ontario's most beautiful parks are found way up north. The topography north of Lake Superior is as dramatic as we have, and you'll get an amazing look at it from the challenging Giant Trail and Thunder Bay Lookout at this park.

wabakimi park

Backcountry camping at Wabakimi. Photo via Ontario Parks.

Wabakimi

This is paradise for canoe lovers with over 2,000 kilometres of lakes and rivers to explore. There's even some white water sections for those looking to dial up the adrenalin. 

point peele

The amazing boardwalk at Point Peele National Park. Photo by John Mayer.

Point Peele National Park

The country's most southerly region is also one of its most beautiful. There are amazing trails all over this national park as well as great swimming in the warm waters of Lake Erie.

bon echo

The stunning Mazinaw Rock at Bon Echo Provincial Park. Photo via Ontario Parks.

Bon Echo

Campsites along Mazinaw Lake at Bon Echo Provincial Park are surely the area's prettiest as they sit in close proximity to the might Mazinaw Rock, which features over 150 pictographs as well as a tribute to Walt Whitman.

neys provincial park

Just one of the painterly sights at Neys Provincial Park. Photo via Ontario Parks.

Neys

This park tends to fly under the radar a bit, but that just means it's easier to gain access to backcountry campsites here. The landscape is astonishingly beautiful with pristine sandy beaches and views of Pic Island, which you'll immediately recognized from Lawren Harris's painting.

the pinery

The calming waters of Lake Huron are the main draw at Pinery Provincial Park. Photo via Ontario Parks.

Pinery

What this park gives up in ruggedness, it gives back in the tranquil beauty of Lake Huron. It's all about the legendary sunsets here, which can turn the beach area into something that looks otherworldly when they're really saturated. 

Lead photo by

Ontario Parks


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