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Ontario Provincial Parks

Ontario Provincial Parks
All of the parks listed are within a 300 km drive from Ottawa
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Algonquin Provincial Park

  The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot.
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Arrowhead Provincial Park
451 Arrowhead Park Rd.


At this year-round park in the heart of Muskoka, hike or bicycle on trails that wander through maple forests and past waterfalls, beaver ponds and homesteaders’ farms. Quiet Arrowhead and Mayflower Lakes, and the meandering Little and Big East Rivers, are ideal for paddling, fishing and swimming. Return in winter to ski on groomed trails, tube down a hill or skate on an outdoor rink.
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Bon Echo Provincial Park
R.R. 1

  Long a favourite destination for painters and photographers, this park north of Napanee is renowned for Mazinaw Rock. This 1.5-kilometre sheer rock face rises 100 metres above Mazinaw Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Ontario, and features over 260 native pictographs – the largest visible collection in Canada. Spend a day or plan overnight adventures in this hiking and canoeing paradise of deep, blue lakes, sandy beaches, granite outcrops and lush green forests.
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Bonnechere Provincial Park
4024 Round Lake Road, RR 5
  The meandering Bonnechere River once carried furs and pine logs out of this Ottawa Valley region. Now canoes move along its leisurely, ever-changing path to Round Lake where there is a buoyed, sandy beach. Trails pass an old beaver pond and marshes. An historic depot depicts the life of early forest rangers.
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Charleston Lake Provincial Park
148 Woodvale Rd.
  Natives once sheltered under rock overhangs on the shores of this coldwater lake north of the St. Lawrence River. Then wealthy Victorian cottagers summered here. The rugged look of the north blended with the south still draws hikers and canoeists to these scenic shores and winding trails.
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Driftwood Provincial Park
  The building of Des Joachims hydroelectric dam in 1950 created this sheltered bay on the Ottawa River. At Driftwood, you can camp and swim along the sandy shore, and hike to lookouts for panoramic views of the river. Fishing and canoeing can take you deep into the countryside on both shores.
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Emily Provincial Park
797 County Road 10, R.R. #4
  To see the osprey nest at this recreational park near Peterborough, walk along the elevated boardwalk over a cattail marsh to a sphaghum moss island and a lookout tower. You can also swim at two sandy beaches along Pigeon River, fish or go for a paddle.
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Ferris Provincial Park
Box 1409
  Situated on hilly drumlins, this park borders and provides access to the busy Trent River south of Campbellford. Scenic bluffs carved out of limestone bedrock provide a view of picturesque Ranney Falls. Overgrown stone fences and cleared meadows are relics of farms once worked here.
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Fitzroy Harbour Provincial Park
5201 Canon Smith Drive
Fitzroy Harbour
  Majestic white pine covers much of this park beside the Ottawa River. Among these century-old trees and a stand of 300-year-old bur oak by the Carp River, you can see kildeer, goldfinches, flickers and white-tailed deer. By river's edge, shale terraces and pillars reveal a glacial past and an even mightier waterway.
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Frontenac Provincial Park
1090 Salmon Lake Road
  Situated on a southern arm of the Canadian Shield north of Kingston, this semi-wilderness park features granite outcrops, vast wetlands and mixed forests, plants and wildlife. Trails wind through rugged terrain to Moulton Gorge, the Arkon Lake Bog, the Black Lake homestead and the Crab Lake mines. From Otter Lake, hikers and canoeists head into the interior for glimpses of osprey and kingfisher, deer and black bear, coyote and fox, and abundant beaver. Wilderness skills courses are offered in summer and winter.
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Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park
R.R .#1
  Lake on the Mountain is a natural curiosity: it has a constant flow of clean, fresh water, with no apparent source, 60 metres above Lake Ontario. Mohawks offered gifts to its spirits and settlers thought it was bottomless. Come for the view of the Bay of Quinte.
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Lake St. Peter Provincial Park
Box 539
  South of Algonquin, Lake St. Peter features two sandy beaches and opportunities to boat, fish, bike and hike. It has two trails that lead to a lookout, a kettle pond and a derelict shanty, and is linked to the Hastings Heritage Trail. This mineral-rich area is a rockhound’s delight and a magnet for artists.
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Murphys Point Provincial Park
R.R. #5
  Located on the historic Rideau Waterway, this park near Perth offers tours of a restored mica mine and trails – groomed in winter for cross-country skiing – to sawmill ruins and pioneer homesteads. At Big Rideau Lake, pitch your tent at a boat-in campsite and enjoy boating, canoeing and exceptional fishing.
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Rideau River Provincial Park
2680 Donnelly Drive
  This park occupies a shady bank on the historic Rideau Canal near Kemptville. It is witness to a parade of recreational boats cruising between Kingston and Ottawa. Sandy beaches, a fitness trail and fishing offer distractions. Down the road are hiking trails and a golf course. Ottawa is only 20 minutes away.
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Sandbanks Provincial Park
R.R. #1
  Giant sand dunes and golden beaches form two of the largest freshwater baymouth sandbars in the world here, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Efforts to stabilize shifting sands disturbed by farming have revived distinctive dune plants such as bluets, butterfly weed and sand spurge. Trails feature dune stairs to protect this delicate vegetation.
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Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
R.R. #2
Sharbot Lake
  With shoreline on Black and Sharbot lakes, this park edging Highway 7 promises first-class, warm- and cold-water fishing. Nature trails along a ridge between the lakes loop through stands of maple, oak and birch and lead to lookouts. Black Lake has two sandy beaches.
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Silent Lake Provincial Park
Box 219
  American sportsmen fished and hunted on this private lake for 40 years before it became a park. Landlocked and undeveloped, Silent Lake has a rocky shoreline, a mixed forest and marshes full of birds and wildlife best seen by canoe. A rugged trail circles the lake, and sections of groomed ski trails have been graded for mountain biking.
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Silver Lake Provincial Park
R.R. #2
  Silver Lake near Perth is a long, narrow trough of water carved out by glaciers. While its long sandy beach is the big attraction, a marsh at the eastern end of the lake is another. A boardwalk crosses the marsh through the noisy, colourful habitat of painted turtles and bullfrogs, red-winged black birds and mallards.
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Voyageur Provincial Park
Box 130
  This park is opposite the once furious Long Sault rapids around which voyageurs portaged on their way up the Ottawa River. The Carillon dam raised water levels and created a shoreline of marshes and inlets full of birds and wildlife. Explore on foot, by canoe or, in winter, on skis. Educational programs are in French and English.
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