Voyageur Provincial Park
Add Voyageur Provincial Park to your great Ontario road trip itinerary. Voyageur is a popular 3,600 acre park resting on the banks of the Ottawa River alongside the Trans Canada Highway in the Prescott and Russell area. East of Ottawa and north of the St. Lawrence River, it’s Ontario’s most eastern provincial park. In fact, the park is just steps away from the Quebec border.
Situated halfway between Montreal and Ottawa, its proximity to the highway, RV/camping facilities and comfort stations make Voyageur Provincial Park a perfect spot for a pit stop or overnight.
There are over 400 seasonal campsites in three campground areas named Champlain, Iroquois and Portage, a quarter of which offer electrical service to hook up RVs. Each campground is equipped with water taps, washrooms and laundry facilities. Group camping is available, a great option for families traveling together. And for those travelling with their furry family members, most of the sites at Voyageur are dog friendly. The only exception is a selection of secluded sites at Iroquois campground, which are designated radio-free and pet-free for campers seeking a quieter environment.
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More about Voyageur Provincial Park
Established in 1966, the park was initially called Carillon Provincial Park after the Carillon Hydro Dam, but in 1994 was changed to Voyageur to avoid confusion with other parks and sites nearby. While your visit to Voyageur Provincial Park probably won’t be as dramatic as the early voyageurs and Indigenous people who portaged upstream through rough waters and raging rapids to trade furs and other goods, the park still delivers on adventure.
Several separate sandy beaches in the park is a big plus for families with kids. Two are located in the day-use picnic area and the other two are in the campground areas. Swimming zones are clearly delineated with buoys.
Boat rentals and a boat launch ramp make fishing a popular activity. Bass, pike, perch and walleye are the most common species. Pick up fishing tackle and worms at the Park Store.
Or explore the river and it’s undulating shoreline by canoe.
On land, two relatively easy trails wind through the park with interpretive plaques along the way. The Coureur de Bois Trail is 2 km, while the longer Outouais Trail is 5 km, great for a day of hiking in the summer or cross-country skiing in winter.
Wetlands, marshes, inlets and bays along the Ottawa River are the perfect habitat for migratory birds so keep your eyes peeled and camera ready.
Staff at the park host an annual summer Discover Program, a great way to get kids excited about outdoor education. Pick up your copy of the Discovery Activity Book and explore nature’s flora and fauna. Take the Discovery Ranger Pledge to be awarded a Discover Ranger Button! It’s never too early to become an advocate for environmental conservation.
Photo credit: Megan Birrell