At over 14 million people Ontario may be the last place you would think of to get away from the hustle and be at one with nature. The truth is that Ontario has some of the best National Parks in the country. So rent an RV from Toronto and head out of the city and let’s explore the National Parks in the province of Ontario.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park is a small park, with an area of only 154 square kilometres. Being that it is on a peninsula it is mostly surrounded by water. The most popular spot in this park to explore is The Grotto. The 45-minute hike (each way) leads you through giant cedars spiralling off cliff edges and through wetlands filled with native orchids and ferns. And if the beauty of the trail is not enough, at the end you will be greeted with a stunning cave filled with crystal clear turquoise waters. Parking fills up quickly so go early. The only complaint about The Grotto is the parking, but parking can be reserved online through the Parks Canada website. There are bathrooms and nice little spots to have a picnic lunch. Everyone who visits wants to come back, this is a must-see.
There are many lakes in this park, Halfway Log Dump may not sound very inviting, but maybe that is why it is one of the quieter lakes offering day use. There are other lakes like Cyprus Lake that offer overnight camping.
Point Pelee National Park
Point Pelee National Park is a tiny National Park, just 15 square kilometres, located on Canada’s most southern point. This National Park is great for bird watching as it is on the flight path of many migratory birds. As this park sits out in Lake Erie with no cities around it makes for the perfect place to go stargazing. The park staff host lots of kids educational programs. Marsh Boardwalk is a great trail for all fitness levels. The two large towers provide amazing views of the ponds and cattail marsh.
Pukaskwa National Park
Pukaskwa National Park is located on the northern side of Lake Superior. A four-hour hike will take you to Chigamiwinigum Falls. Geocaching adventurists will turn their hikes into a treasure hunt, a GSP can be rented at the Hattie Cove Visitors Center or park kiosk. Rent a canoe and travel the shorelines for days without seeing a single soul.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Georgian Bay Islands National Park protects 63 islands within the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. The main island, Beausoleil Island, is the largest island within the park and is the focal point of most visitor activity. The park vessel will take you on a 15-minute boat ride from Honey Harbour to the island. From there, there are lots of hiking and biking trails, smooth sandy beaches, or rocky shores to swim in. Enjoy bird watching or take a walk along the interpretive trails and learn about the native’s 5,500-year history in the area.
Ontario’s National Parks lets you visit some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. So get your calendar, get the time off from your boss, and rent an RV and start exploring Ontario for your next great Canadian RV rental adventure.
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