Camping is more than just a way to stay; it is a cherished, time-honoured Ontario tradition. Experience Ontario’s diverse natural landscapes, from fully serviced lakeside campgrounds surrounded by pine forests to rocky windswept sites on the Canadian Shield.
The most important part of the camping planning process is securing a campground with the services and amenities that suit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a remote spot to set up your tent, a place with full hook-up service for your RV, a family-friendly campground with loads of activities for your kids or even a dog welcoming camping facility, Ontario has you covered.
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Quick Guide to Campgrounds in Ontario
Camping at St. Lawrence Parks
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission is the agency responsible for the management and protection of key heritage sites, natural parks, bird sanctuaries and beaches along the shoreline of St. Lawrence River. In addition, there are eight campgrounds with over 1500 campsites plus over 600 RV sites. The facilities, services, programs and operations of these campgrounds are very similar to those of provincial parks. Learn more about the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and how to make your camping reservations.
Camping at Private Campgrounds
The Ontario Private Campground Association represents a variety of camping experiences, from tent camping or full-size recreational vehicle camping. Many of the privately owned camping properties offer family-oriented facilities like playgrounds, swimming pools and basketball courts. With over 400 campgrounds to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect site for your next trip.
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Accommodation & Equipment Rentals
Some private campgrounds offer cabins or trailer rentals, which is great if you don’t own camping equipment. As well, you’ll find a host of activities and equipment rentals like boats, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks and even bicycles. Check in advance what services the campground you are visiting offers and what items you will need to bring (i.e. bike helmets, fishing equipment or PFDs).
Camping in Ontario Tips for Beginners
Don’t Bring Your Own Firewood
Wood can contain insects or disease that potentially could risk local plants and animals. In Ontario campers are encouraged to purchase firewood onsite at the park or campground to avoid spreading harmful pests.