Off the Beaten Path: Ontario’s Best Camping

Grab some friends and head out into the wilderness this summer

As a kid, my dad worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources, so I spent summers camping all over Ontario. We have some of the best camping in the world, so here are a few spots you might not have heard of. Some of them are a bit of a drive but summers were made for road trips, so grab some pals and hit the road! Pro-tip: get booking NOW — these places fill up very quickly!

This one is only 2 hours from Toronto and is a hidden gem. There’s a reason they call this place Silent Lake: the sites are pretty far apart and offer loads of privacy, which is key when camping.


This is one of the bigger parks in Ontario, but if you can avoid the traditional drive-in sites and opt for a walk-in or canoe-in site then this place is gold. It’s a bit of a drive but worth it if you can nab one of these prime sites.


Again, this is one of the more popular parks but with good reason. It has miles of sand dunes and a killer beach. Just make sure to book way in advance.

If you’re into kayaking (I’m not but it’s supposed to be great here) this park has great routes. It’s another underrated park that’s a short trip (less than 3 hrs) from the GTA.


If you’re into fishing, Murphy’s Point has some of the best bass and pickerel fishing I’ve ever encountered. Skip the main lake and trek over to the swampier Loon Lake for fishing hot spots.