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Embrace the adventure: late summer camping trips in Ontario Parks

As the sun-filled days of summer begin their gradual descent, there's no better time to seize the moment and embark on a spontaneous camping journey in the heart of Ontario's scenic landscapes.

As the sun-filled days of summer begin their gradual descent, there's no better time to seize the moment and embark on a spontaneous camping journey in the heart of Ontario.

While the well-prepared campers may have secured their spots months in advance, the allure of last-minute camping remains ever inviting at the stunning Ontario Parks. With late August offering a golden opportunity to revel in the beauty of the outdoors, let's dive into some captivating options that are yours for the taking.


1. Voyageur Provincial Park: A Gem in the Southeast

Nestled in Southeastern Ontario, the picturesque Voyageur Provincial Park stands as a testament to the province's natural beauty. Located within a stone's throw of Ottawa and Montreal, this haven features four pristine beaches, a mix of RV and tent campsites coupled with an expansive day-use area, this park provides the perfect setting for an idyllic late summer escape. Whether you're seeking relaxation under the warm sun or the thrill of watersports, Voyageur Provincial Park has all the ingredients for an unforgettable adventure.

2. Earl Rowe Provincial Park: A Family Delight Near Toronto

Drawing families from Toronto and beyond, Earl Rowe Provincial Park stands as a tranquil oasis awaiting your discovery. A brief drive from the city's bustling streets, this park offers a family-friendly park where you can reconnect with nature and create cherished memories. Visitors can explore the winding trails, enjoy leisurely picnics, and revel in the joy of camping beneath the starlit sky. Earl Rowe Provincial Park is your invitation to unwind and immerse yourself in the great outdoors without venturing too far from the city.

3. Esker Lakes Provincial Park: Unveiling Ancient Landscapes

A quiet, family-oriented park, Esker Lakes sits just east of the historic mining town of Kirkland Lake in northeastern Ontario and features a chain of sparkling lakes set in an ancient glacial landscape, carpeted in boreal forest. Perfect for canoeing and fishing, trails for hiking, sandy beaches and a full range of campground facilities.


4. Missinaibi Provincial Park: Paddler's Paradise Beckons

For the paddling enthusiasts, Missinaibi Provincial Park blends car camping comforts with the allure of backcountry exploration. Whether you choose the well-equipped campsites or opt for the thrill of venturing deeper into the untamed wilderness, Missinaibi Provincial Park promises an immersive journey into the heart of nature.

5. Northwestern Ontario's Hidden Treasures

For road trippers, parks in Northwestern Ontario are among the most beautiful and rarely fill to 100% even in summer. Embark on the Northwestern Driving Route, which features nine distinct parks, each offering a unique glimpse into the province's natural diversity. From awe-inspiring vistas to quiet moments of contemplation, this route promises an adventure that will linger in your heart long after summer bids adieu.


If you're ready to camp before summer comes to an end, you can check camping availability at these parks, or any Ontario Parks, at

Whether it's a tranquil escape to Voyageur Provincial Park, a family retreat to Earl Rowe, a journey through Esker Lakes' ancient landscapes, or a paddle-filled adventure at Missinaibi, the choice is yours.