Georgian Bay Islands

Georgian Bay Islands

Sleep under the stars! Georgian Bay Islands National Park offers all-inclusive camping packages in the fall, traditional camping and cabin rentals! Besides being a boaters' paradise, the whole family can enjoy 4-hour day trips, hiking and unique photography opportunities. After all, this is the scenery that inspired Canada's greatest artists.

Activities

Camping

Georgian Bay Islands National Park is actually 59 islands of rock and trees that rise out of the eastern end of the bay. The biggest of these islands is Beausoleil Island and you can only get there by boat. There is camping at Cedar Springs, the main campground, or you can rough it in more remote locations accessible by foot or by kayak. The swimming in Georgian Bay is just terrific, provided the lake warms up enough. Many hardy souls like to take a quick dip in the cold waters before Victoria Day, but with warm weather, it's a comfortable temperature by mid-season.

How much time will I need?

  • A few days, depending on how long you want to camp for.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Make sure to bring food, water, proper clothing, camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pillow, tools) cooking utensils, and any personal items you may need.

Is this activity free?

  • No, there is a cost for overnight camping.

When's the best time to do this?

  • Victoria Day weekend until Labour Day weekend.

Hiking

While you're on Beausoleil Island, take a hike along one of the many trails to enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty. There are 11 hiking trails from short to long and both easy and difficult. They criss-cross the island through marsh, hardwood forests, up rocky hills and across the Canadian shield. But keep an eye out for the Massasauga rattlesnakes. They're a shy endangered species and Ontario's only venomous snake, so give them a wide berth but enjoy the rare sighting!

How much time will I need?

  • A day

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Make sure to bring water, a snack, bug spray, proper clothing and footwear.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime from mid-May to mid-October

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