What better way to kick off spring that with a camping trip to on of Ontario’s favourite and most popular provincial parks – Algonquin Provincial Park. Located just north of Huntsville, Ontario this beautiful 7,653 km² provincial park is enormous and could take weeks to explore every inch of this gem of Ontario which makes coming back each time so much fun as there are always so many new trails and places to explore. We packed up and headed to Algonquin for 2 nights in early May to try some spring camping. Algonquin in the spring is such a beautiful place to be – the crowds are few and far between, the wildlife are just starting to come out of hiding from the winter, and there was even some snow to still be seen throughout the park! We stayed in Mew Lake Campground as that was the only campground open before the Victoria Day Long Weekend and it was relatively busy but still felt very remote since there was no other campground open. We had a beautiful waterfront site where we could watch the sunset each night as the fire burned and could hear the loons call out to each other all day long. Camping or even a visit to Algonquin in the spring provides tranquility and offers the park at its true beauty when the large crowds are not around. Even though there was still some snow and the nights were chilly it was well worth the trip north to visit Algonquin Provincial Park.
We have always enjoyed exploring areas in off season as it often has little to no tourists, chances of seeing wildlife are higher and for all intensive purposes it is incredibly peaceful to be on your own in the outdoors. We just finished exploring Killbear Provincial Park in winter where we saw more wildlife than people! Killbear gets over 380,000 visitors each year during its operating season (May-October). While during the busy months it is still very peaceful to camp and hike along the shores of Georgian Bay, the winter offers an unparalleled experience with almost no one in sight.
Located just north of Parry Sound just short of a two hour drive from Toronto Killbear Provincial Park it an easy destination for a day trip or an over night adventure. Camping is not available in the winter season but accommodations can be found in Parry Sound. Depending on your weather conditions while driving to Killbear Provincial Park in winter your drive could be closer to just over three hours.
We hope these photos will inspire you to visit Killbear Provincial Park in winter, its off-peak season to explore the true beauty it has to offer.