ontario provincial parks

Someone ranked the top provincial parks in Ontario to escape the crowds

When Torontonians see a line-up, they line up, even if they don’t know what the wait is for. The city seems to like flocking together. The same goes for when city dwellers try to escape urban life. 

Last year, just 5 provincial parks attracted 39 per cent of all visitors.

Meanwhile, there are 300 Ontario parks and 78,000 square kilometres of land to explore. That's about the same size as Belgium and Switzerland combined.

Home-to-go ranked the top 19 parks in the province based on: solitude, wildlife, activities, facilities and available accommodations for this summer. For once, maybe Torontonians will disperse and enjoy the seclusion.

Here's what they came up with:

  1.  Arrowhead
  2.  Killarney
  3. Rondeau
  4. Sleeping Giant
  5. Awenda
  6. MacGregor Point
  7. Lake Superior
  8. Presqu'ile
  9. Grundy Lake
  10. Quetico
  11. Kakabeka Falls
  12. Killbear
  13. Silent Lake
  14. Pancake Bay
  15. Bonnechere
  16. Six Mile Lake
  17. Inverhuron
  18. Long Point
  19. Lake on the Mountain
Lead photo by

George Hornaday


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