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Camping near Kawartha Lakes

With so much shoreline to choose from, Kawartha Lakes is a waterfront camper’s paradise.

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Villa Vida Loca

2 sites · Lodging10 acres · Brock, ON
Welcome to our cabins in the woods at Villa Vida Loca, in beautiful Sunderland, Ontario! Our tiny cabins are tucked away in the woods on our gorgeous, private 10-acre property in the heart of North Durham. We offer a unique glamping experience with all the benefits of camping, but with a roof over your head, floor under your feet and super cool amenities. Please read our full listings before requesting a booking. If you’re unsure about something, just ask. We’re very laid back, approachable and inclusive people, and can’t wait to welcome you. Nearby We’re surrounded by Beaverton on Lake Simcoe, Port Perry on Lake Scugog and Uxbridge (the Trail Capital of Canada), which are a close driving distance away. Around the corner from us, the Beaver River Wetland Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) is the perfect place for a hike or bike ride. There’s lots of other exciting things to do and see in the surrounding areas – fabulous restaurants, breweries and wineries, top golf courses, beaches, fishing, watersports, agri-tourism experiences, events and more. Upon your arrival, we’ll provide you with an up-to-date list of recommendations based on the season.
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Harvey Farm

100 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Fenelon Falls, ON
Harvey Farm is located near Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon, it’s is built off the road making it a peaceful little slice of paradise away from the hussle and bussel of todays busy world. This is a 100 acre farm will rolling hills and fields, in the back is a beautiful pond where you can swim and set up camp to catch a break and have some fun!
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Simple Cabin in town

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Haliburton Village, ON
Open space, including kitchen, comfy bed, couch and wood stove. There is an outhouse and water is provided for drinking, wash up and rinsing (no running water) Basic cooking utensils, small fridge, hot plate, coffee press and kettle. The cabin is in town, there are neighbors and general sounds of town. - 2 min drive to Main street-shops, cafes, pub, lake access, ice skating - 5 min drive to cross country ski trails, snowshoe trails and a sculpture forest - 15 min drive to ski hill and water spa There is a cedar sauna on the property you are welcome to use during your stay. Along with a simple outdoor / off grid shower for rinsing. Parking is on the street in front of the cabin. Please keep tight to the right for the snowplow and neighbors to get by.
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The Woodzzz

2 sites · Lodging2 acres · Haliburton, ON
Among the thick forest of the Haliburton highlands lies a very tranquil, quiet and still place. The area although rugged and pristine offers many activities for all to enjoy such as hiking/biking/boating/kayaking/beaching etc. To escape the calm environment its only 15 minutes to the quaint village of Haliburton where you can find farmers markets, shops, restaurants and art. The Woodzzz was made for those that enjoy the outdoors and are needing a gentle reminder of what little we need to enjoy the life we live! 
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The Eh Frame

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Kawartha Lakes, ON
Take a trip to our beautiful off-grid cabin nestled in the woods sitting on 25 acres with beautiful trails throughout the property. Get ready to cozy up for a warm campfire and enjoy the starry night sky before bed.About the A-Frame:The A-Frame Cabin sleeps 4 guests comfortably with 2 guests on the futon and another 2 guests enjoying the bed in the loft. The cabin is fully insulated and heated with a wood stove. We have a composting toilet located in the outhouse just steps away from the cabin.Things to do:- Our property includes access to tons of trails to explore, with more off the property nearby. - The cabin is less than 5 minutes from the Head lake public beach and boat launch. - You are only 10 minutes from town.- We're located 20 minutes to Balsam Lake Provincial Park.
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Log Bunkie and Tent Area

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Kawartha Lakes, ON
Life here is laid back , relaxed and full of wildlife and our fur babies. Big Dog included. - We love to be outdoors , play guitar by the fire and eat good food with friends. Lots to do on the property. Canoes, kayaks, water sports welcome and lots of Hiking Fenlon Falls 15 min away.
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Foresthill Retreat

2 sites · Lodging49 acres · Harcourt, ON
This property used to be a farm until 1912, the glamping site is located far from the house in what used to be a vegetable garden!The glamping tent is well equipped and has everything you need for a cozy comfortable stay including electricity! The outdoor kitchen on site has everything you need to cook a delicious meal. There are also hammocks, an outdoor shower, tables and chairs, and an extremely well-stocked site super clean outhouse.We also have trails to hike and a few lakes just minutes away. General stores and gas within 5 minutes and the Grocery stores are within 15 minutes for all your camping needs.Provincial Parks Nearby: Wolf Island Provincial Park - 10 minutes, Kawartha Highlands Signature Park - 15 minutes, Quackenbush Provincial Park - 25 minutes, Petroglyphs Provincial Park - 30 minutesAt night you will hear nothing but frogs, very private and very romantic.We can't wait to host you at Foresthill Retreat!
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Sparrow Lake Camp

4 sites · Tents126 acres · Severn Bridge, ON
Sparrow Lake Camp is situated on the southernmost tip of the majestic Canadian Shield.  The site is known to have been a campground for bands of the Huron people prior to the European intrusion.  It is considered probable that Samuel de Champlain, the first European to explore Huronia, spent a night on this site in the 17th Century.In 1892, what would become the west side of the current property was sold by pioneer Captain Thomas Stanton to Toronto's renowned Massey family to act as their summer resort.  The resort sported the main lodge, dining room, and cottages and was only accessible by train and steamer. From the onset, the Masseys used the site as a summer retreat for the Young Men's Bible League of the Central Methodist Church. Today, the property is a thriving summer camp that also offers overnight tent stays with stunning lake views. 
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Beneath the Stars - Haliburton County Escape

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre · Minden, ON
We have a beautiful, densely treed, and well-groomed 1-acre piece of property in desirable cottage country that's craving company! The mature trees, rolling terrain, and private road offer lots of privacy and a peaceful atmosphere.  It is within walking distance to the world-famous, Panam Summer Games host " The Minden White Water Preserve/Rapids", which is used for kayaking and hiking. Walking distance to a public beach on the desirable Horseshoe Lake, part of a 3 chain lake, where you can fish, swim and relax in clean, sparkling waters. Choose from two options. Beneath The Stars Tenting Escape - tent or RV(up to 25 feet) site with an outhouse Rustic Cozy Cabin - ideal for a family or group. Currently can sleep 6. We are in a very desirable location; only 10 minute drive to the village of Minden, and surrounded by natural beauty and activities for nature lovers!
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Dragonfly Ridge Rescue Farm

4 sites · Lodging98 acres · ON
Dragonfly Ridge is a 98 acre farm. Our pretty cabins are perfect for folks to enjoy some glamping in the country, on the farm surrounded by friendly animals.  You can arrange to have a tour of the farm and hang out with donkeys, mini horses, llamas, alpacas, pigs, bunnies, sheep, goats, peacocks, ducks and chickens.  We have a lovely pond, and acres of forest you can explore.  Our farm is on a quiet country road where you can take a walk and enjoy the peace and quiet and connect with nature and one another without the distractions of wifi, street noises or city lights. We are within minutes of the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park with all there is to see and do there, such as hiking, paddling, exploring, swimming.  We have a fire pit where you can enjoy a spectacular night sky unimpeded by any other lights. The cabin has electricity, lights, electric fireplace for heat. In the cabin we have a double bed, a table and 2 chairs, a two-burner stove with oven, a washing up station. Fall asleep listening to owls call and wolves howling in the distance.  Wake to the sounds of the animals on the farm, you may even be able to arrange to gather your own eggs for breakfast! We are confident you won't want to leave the farm, but in case you choose to explore beyond our 98 acres there is lots to still see and do within only a short drive. We are located close to Buckhorn, where you can explore more lakes, pick your own berries or visit pumpkin patches, pick up groceries or enjoy the restaurants in Buckhorn.  Also, in nearby Bobcaygeon you can find world-class shopping and dining, parks, beaches, festivals, a heritage village, and even more lakes. One hour north of us is Haliburton, with the Haliburton Forest and Wolf visitation Centre, Sir Sam's ski resort, shops and restaurants, and Sir Sandford Fleming's college of Fine Arts. Lakefield is only 35 minutes away offering shopping, a world famous literary festival, fine dining, and antique shows most weekends. Trent University is only 40 minutes south, in Peterborough where you can watch Peterborough Petes play hockey, attend free music festivals in the summer months, experience the best restaurants around, shop, see a movie, watch the boats in the Lift Locks, a World Heritage, visit the canoe museum, skate on the canal, and much more.
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Harmony Resorts - Stoney Lake

9 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Peterborough, ON
You will find our campground amongst the rugged precambrian rocks and windswept pines on the shores of Stoney Lake, the crown jewel of the Kawarthas. Immerse yourself in the wilderness of our pinery sites, or experience the tranquility of our lakeside sites. Enjoy the pristine water as you relax on our private sandy beach or launch a boat to explore the lake’s hundreds of beautiful islands. Stoney Lake is known for its excellent fishing and is home to large populations of bass, walleye, and muskie. Petroglyph Provincial Park, located right across the street is a sacred Indigenous site with the largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. Explore the excellent hiking trails the park has to offer or visit McGinnis Lake, one of few meromictic lakes in North America. At the end of each day the lullaby of the northern loon will call through the cool night air as you drift off to sleep. We can’t wait to share our place with you!
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Riverside Life Bunkie 1

6 sites · Tents1 acre · Burnt River, ON
Welcome to our cozy waterfront retreat! Nestled along the tranquil shores, our property offers three charming bunkies, each equipped with a double bed and a pull-out futon. For your comfort and convenience, each bunkie comes with a mattress hygienic cover, allowing you to use your bedding for a personalized sleeping experience. Please note that bedding and pillows are not provided, so be sure to pack your essentials for a restful night's sleep. Our shared spaces include a rustic outdoor washroom complete with hot showers, perfect for refreshing after a day of outdoor adventures. Additionally, we offer barbecue and picnic areas where you can gather with your loved ones for al fresco meals and memorable moments. Step outside and soak in the breathtaking views from our large dock, which provides easy access for swimming and kayaking. Life jackets and kayaks are included with your stay, ensuring you have everything you need for a fun-filled day on the water. While you're here, please keep in mind that the property and waterway are for your enjoyment but are to be used at your own risk. While the owners may or may not be onsite during your stay, they assume no liability for you or any guests you invite to the property. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and unwind in the serene surroundings of our waterfront retreat. We look forward to welcoming you for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway by the water!
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Camping near Kawartha Lakes guide

Overview

The Kawartha Lakes region features a series of long, thin lakes, many of them connected as part of the Trent-Severn Waterway. The area attracts anglers, paddlers, hikers, and campers from all around southern Ontario. Winter activities are also abundant, including skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Cycling has become a year-round activity too, thanks to “fat biking.” It’s a popular getaway for Torontonians—just a 90-minute drive from the city with lots of campgrounds to choose from, and just to the north is Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

Where to go

Near Peterborough

Peterborough is the largest city in the region and offers the most conveniences for campers who want to get supplies or indulge in a restaurant meal. Beavermead Campground is right on the edge of the city, but a short drive north provides lakeside options on Chemong Lake and Pigeon Lake. Many trailer parks also have cabins available for rent. 

Near Fenelon Falls

The village of Fenelon Falls is one of those oh-so-charming places that visitors can’t resist. It sits between Cameron Lake and Sturgeon Lake, and offers access to the 85-kilometre Victoria Rail Trail, a multi-use trail open year round. Head north of town on Country Road 121 to find private campgrounds like Log Chateau Park and Fenelon Valley Trailer Park. 

Near Bobcaygeon

Bobcaygeon is located on an island between Pigeon Lake and the north end of Sturgeon Lake. Campers in the area have a lot of choices, with campgrounds, trailer parks, resorts, and cottages all along the shorelines. Staying near Bobcaygeon puts you close to Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (an hour’s drive from town) if that’s your eventual destination.

When to go

Kawartha Lakes can be enjoyed year-round, although winter camping options will be limited because many private campgrounds are open only from May to October. However, Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park stays open all year. Summer visits are best planned for midweek, since weekends are very busy. For peace and quiet, visit in early spring before fishing season opens and seasonal campers arrive. 

Know before you go

  • Although trailer parks are abundant in the area, many of them book out most of their sites to customers for the whole season, leaving little availability for short-term campers.
  • Many area cottage “resorts” also have camping options. Don’t let the name fool you.
  • The Trent-Severn Waterway makes boating a common activity in the area. Paddlers should be prepared for traffic on the lakes and try to stay away from the main thoroughfares.
  • Hikers should grab a guide to the 500-kilometre Ganaraska Hiking Trail, which passes through the region.

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