A white tent sits on a grassy lawn overlooking a lake.

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Privately owned campgrounds in Ontario

A white tent sits on a grassy lawn overlooking a lake.

Morrisburg | Destination Ontario

In addition to the camping opportunities provided by provincial and national parks, there are an array of privately owned parks and campgrounds that offer various ways to stay that are both family-friendly and budget-friendly.

Find a privately owned campground for your next camping adventure

Private campgrounds throughout Ontario vary in the experiences and amenities they offer—from clubhouses, restaurants, swimming pools and even waterparks to beautiful beaches, hiking trails and nature activities. Many private campgrounds offer family programs like movie nights under the stars.

Beyond the traditional campsites, you can find trailers, cabins and yurts for rent as well. Many privately owned campgrounds are perfect for larger sized trailers or driving units with full-service sites that offer electrical, water and sewer hookups.

Visit Camping in Ontario, an association of privately owned campgrounds in Ontario, to search for types of campsites, locations and amenities that suit your group.

KOA (Kampgrounds of America) is another great resource for privately owned campgrounds. The KOA membership for campers allows you to collect points in order to receive discounts on future camping trips.

There are over a dozen KOA properties across Ontario, from Niagara Falls to Brighton to Thunder Bay.

In addition, if you still want to do more research to find that perfect privately owned campground, you can also visit the community or regional site close to where you want to visit.

These will generally provide a listing of campgrounds, as well as information about camping at local Ontario Parks and Conservation Areas with associated accommodation listings.

Search for private campgrounds on local tourism sites

Southwest Ontario

This region extends from Windsor and Pelee Island up along the east shore of Lake St. Clair and the southern shore of Lake Huron to Grand Bend and east towards Woodstock. To its south, it follows the shoreline of Lake Erie from the Detroit River east past the mouth of Grand River at Port Maitland.

Niagara Falls and Wine Country

This area includes the communities of Twenty Valley, St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, the city of Niagara Falls and Fort Erie along Niagara’s South Coast.

Hamilton, Halton and Brant

Campgrounds are available around the picturesque Lake Ontario shoreline and the Grand River, as well as near key cities like Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Paris and Brantford.

Perth County

This area includes St. Marys, Stratford, Milverton and Listowel.

Waterloo Region

This region covers Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Elmira.

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) 

This area extends beyond downtown Toronto to Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, East York, Mississauga and Brampton.

York, Durham and Headwaters

This region includes the communities of Orangeville, Caledon, Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Oshawa, Uxbridge and Port Perry.

Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe

This area stretches from Lake Huron’s east shore along the south coast of Georgian Bay and across the north end of Lake Simcoe. It includes Kincardine, Tobermory, Owen Sound, Town of The Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga and Barrie.

Kawarthas Northumberland

This region borders Lake Ontario and extends up to Rice Lake, covering Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Campbellford, Port Hope and Cobourg.

Southeastern Ontario

Stretching along the St. Lawrence River from Prince Edward County to the Quebec border, this area includes the communities of Picton, Kingston, Gananoque and Cornwall.

Ottawa and Countryside

This region extends along the banks of the Ottawa River from the city of Ottawa to the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

This area stretches from Haliburton across the south edge of Algonquin Provincial Park to the Ottawa Valley in the east, and extends down roughly to just below Highway 7. Communities in Haliburton Highlands include Minden, Bancroft to the south and Haliburton to the north. Communities in Ottawa Valley include Barry’s Bay, Calabogie and Eganville. Lanark County is home to the towns of Perth, Almonte, Smith Falls and Pakenham.

Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park

From Georgian Bay to Algonquin Park, key cities in this area include Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Parry Sound.

Northeastern Ontario

This region spans from Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron across the Great Sudbury Area and North Bay on Lake Nipissing up towards the James Bay shoreline.

Algoma Country

From Sault Ste. Marie in the north corner of Lake Huron, this area extends up the shoreline of Lake Superior and into the heart of Northern Ontario.

Superior Country

From Thunder Bay on the north shore of Lake Superior, Superior Country stretches into the remote lakes and wilderness of Northern Ontario.

Sunset Country

This region encompasses the far northwest corner of Ontario and includes Kenora and Lake of the Woods.

Other places to camp in Ontario

Whether you're looking for seasonal or year-round campgrounds in Ontario, you can also reserve your next camping spot at Ontario Parks, Conservation Areas and National Parks throughout the province.

Note: New in 2023, Ontario Parks is reducing the maximum length of stay at select parks during peak summer season months. Find tips from Ontario Parks on making your reservation.

Check out various campsites where you can set up your tent, park your RV trailer or enjoy roofed accommodation such as cabins, yurts and cottages.

Last updated: September 12, 2023

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