Sitting on the rocky shores of Georgian Bay is a hidden gem of the Ontario Park’s system – Awenda Provincial Park. The 2900 hectare park offers opportunities for a quick stop over or a long term stay. Camping amongst the forested land steps away from Georgian Bay is the perfect way to enjoy days near the water without being too far from amenities.
Getting to Awenda Provincial Park
Take the 400 north from Toronto and stay right on the 400 when it splits with Highway 11. Stay on the 400 until exit 121 towards Midland / Petetanguishene. Turn left onto Robert Street West in Petetanguishene, turn right on Country Road 26/LaFontaine Road East and then right onto Concession 16. Turn left onto Awenda Park Road which will take you down a long road right to the park office to check in for your camping pass or day pass.
Camping in Awenda Provincial Park
This park is perfect for camping. With 333 drive-in campsites that are good size, private and under a thick covering of trees perfect for shade. The park is divided into 6 campgrounds each offering something a little bit different. Sites are very shaded in both Sugar Maples and Red Oaks and are larger sites than most provincial parks. All of the sites in Wolf campground and some of them in Hawk have electrical hook-ups. Lastly, Deer and Bear campgrounds are designated radio free and Snake is both radio-free and dog-free.
All six campgrounds have water taps, vault toilets and a central comfort station that offers flush toilets and hot showers. Laundry is available in Turtle, Hawk and Bear campgrounds.
What to do in Awenda Provincial Park
Go for a Hike: With 31km of scenic trails you could spend hours wandering through the various trails in Awenda Provincial Park. From easy hikes (Beach trails and Beaver Pond) to intermediate trails (Bluff, Brule, Robitaille Homestead, Wendat, Nipissing) there is something available for everyone.
Swim in Georgian Bay: Go for a swim in the beautiful, clean waters of Georgian Bay. The water temperatures are cool but not freezing in the summer and the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. The sand bottom of the Bay makes it really pleasant to wade out into the waters without worrying about cutting your feet on shells, stones, etc. There is even a dog beach at Awenda Provincial Park where you can take your dog for a swim.
Enjoy the Stunning Georgian Bay Sunsets: Georgian Bay has some of the most beautiful sunsets and they seem to be every night during the summer time. With the waves crashing in on the rocky beach, the red and pinks lighting up the sky it doesn’t get much better than this.
Awenda Provincial Park is the perfect place to enjoy a get away and enjoy all the beauty that Georgian Bay has to offer. We hope our journey to this hidden gem of Awenda Provincial Park has inspired you to take the short two hour trip from Toronto and enjoy a day trip or a few nights of camping!