What Makes Northeastern Ontario an RV Tourer's Paradise?
Exploring new places by RV is a one-of-a-kind experience that gives you everything great about outdoor adventure and touring combined in one.
Across Northeastern Ontario there is almost unlimited access to amazing RV camping in provincial parks, as well as some very accommodating private campgrounds offering everything you need for comfortable trailer or RV camping. RV touring also provides you with the invaluable opportunity enjoy your loved ones' company, great conversation, and unique sightseeing on the open roads of Northeastern Ontario.
It is well known that camping across the North is top-notch, but you don't hear too many people talking about the great touring routes in our region. Northeastern Ontario is home to some very scenic highways and great "off-road" trail systems for the gravel roads lover!
Find your campground
Ontario Parks makes it easy fo find a perfect location to camp. The reservation system on their website allows you to input information about the size of your RV and what type of an experience you are looking for. Then it provides you with camping options based on your responses.
Here are some of our favourite Ontario Provincial Parks in Northeastern Ontario offering great experiences for RV camping:
- Grundy Lake Provincial Park
- French River Provincial Park
- Kettle Lakes Provincial Park
- Finlayson Point Provincial Park
Camping in Ontario Parks is great for so many reasons, but if you are interested in checking out some private/family-run campgrounds, we suggest checking Camping in Ontario which can assist you in selecting criteria for a campsite. Their extensive database will provide you with options for campgrounds to fit a variety of desires. One family favourite is Camp Conewango near North Bay, with sandy beaches, wide open lawns and play areas for children!
Manitoulin Island is definitely a dream location for RV lovers. The Island is extremely accessible offering wide open roads, beautiful scenery, and lots of great camping options. Arriving on the Island via the MS Chi-Cheemaun from Southern Ontario makes for a perfect start to a weekend adventure. Below are a few of the privately run campgrounds on Manitoulin Island:
- Manitoulin Eco Park
- Meldrum Bay Marina & Campground
- Providence Bay Tent and Trailer Park
- South Bay Resort and Campground
- Stanley Park Campgrounds
how to experience rving
If you are interested in trying out RVing, there are some easy ways that you can rent one in Ontario which will allow you to see how you like it before considering a purchase. Getting in to RV touring is a big investment, so the ability to rent one and see what it is all about is a great option for a RV-curious family.
Go RVing Ontario has developed a great database of RV dealers across Ontario. Check out this page to view their list of dealerships and find one near you.
things to know before you go
If you are not familiar with this area and are looking to plan a trip in Northeastern Ontario, we have some helpful resources which will make this process much easier. We have developed five main touring routes throughout the region, each presenting a different type of trip ranging from shorter more direct trips to longer adventures with great camping opportunities. Go Tour Ontario has an awesome resource that provides information on all types of routes across Ontario.
Once you have your trip planned, another important thing to plan for is the location of dumping stations. Once again, there is a free easy-to-use tool created by Sanidumps which will show you where the dumping stations are nearest to you!
RV touring is a great way to see Northeastern Ontario and provides one of the best vacation opportunities available to enjoy everything about camping while still having a private comfortable home base (that is also mobile). For a great guide to RVing for beginners, check out this article. There is no better time to try RVing in Northeastern Ontario than this upcoming summer!