Driving up Highway 69 through the winding roads of the Muskokas while the sun was setting was a perfect way for us to begin our adventure to Grundy Lake Provincial Park for the weekend. For the group of 10 people who joined us for the weekend, it was everyone’s first time visiting Grundy Lake Provincial Park and for some a first time camping.
Grundy Lake Provincial Park was established in 1959 and has very spacious campground facilities, back country canoeing and camping, hiking trails, fishing and swimming. The park stretches across four inland lakes with 6 beaches- Grundy, Gurd, Gut, and Clear lake. There are 475 campsites that are split among nine campgrounds – of those, 138 have hydro.
The drive to Grundy Lake Provincial Park from Toronto is approximately three and a half hours in good traffic and once you get onto Highway 69 it is a peaceful drive as you are treated to the winding roads through the Canadian Shield. The park is well marked on the highway and is a short distance once you turn onto Highway 522.
We booked into the Balsam Campground as we wanted to be a little more secluded from the main traffic area and was walking distance to the beach.
We were in campsites 844 & 845 which connected to each other with little trees in the way which was great for a group! We found that you had to be strategic with the placement of your tents as there was a lot of Canadian shield across both sites. Other than the rocks it was a great spot! Our sites were a 5 minute walk to the beach and there was a well-maintained outhouse with a regular flush-toilet one camp site away.
Grundy Lake is known to have bears that roam through the camp site. Some tips for camping amongst bears:
- Make sure your site is always clean especially when you leave.
- Store ALL food and wildlife attractants in animal-proof containers – Provincial Parks often offer bear proof boxes they can drop off at your site. If you do not have access to this place in a secure vehicle. If these are not options, hang your food and garbage high in the trees.
- Always put your food in your car at night – Never leave it in your tent or bears and raccoons may try to find their way in.
- Don’t pack perfumes or scented soaps as these items can also attract animals to your tent.
- Keep your fire pit clean and free of food residue.
- Always keep your pets on leash.
We were fortunate enough not to run into any bears ourselves, but we heard there was a fair bit of activity from them during our time in the park.
Hiking in the provincial parks is a favourite past time of mine. This time we choose to do the Swan Lake Trail, which is a 1.5km loop just before sunset. This was an easy hike to do and made for some beautiful photos!
Later in the evening once the sun had slipped beyond the horizon, our group decided to head down to the beach for a night swim and some fun with light-painting.
Grundy Lake is often a forgotten provincial parks, but the benefit is that there are normally campsites available throughout the summer even on long weekends. This beautiful park should not be overlooked, and if you have the opportunity to check it out you’ll find that it is worth the drive. Grundy Lake offers what many parks cannot offer in the Muskoka region – large sites, quiet campsites, uncrowded beaches, and is rarely sold out.