The best camping near Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

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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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Adventure Glamping on the river

4 sites · Lodging, Tents4 acres · North Kawartha, ON
**We have been named a runner-up for the Best Glamping Site in Canada for 2023!** A perfect home base for all the nearby hikes, lakes and outdoor adventures. Get away from it all when you stay under the stars. Snuggle up in the comfy queen bed. Float down the creek. Friendly competition with yard games. Relax in a hammock with a good book. Our two 16.5 ft bell tents, cabin and camping site are found right next to a live creek that flows through the picturesque property. The interiors are beautifully furnished with a queen sized bed, a seating area, fairy lights, fire pit and Muskoka chairs.
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Spirit Ridge Acres

2 sites · Lodging55 acres · Bobcaygeon, ON
We are a small hobby farm set within a mature forest setting. There are two, newly built tiny home bunkies that are situated in private areas of our property, yet close enough to our main house for security, Each bunkie has a modern outhouse with composting toilets and non potable water for washing Guests will have the opportunity to commune with nature as we have a multitude of bird species and there is always good possibilities of wildlife viewing, as guests stroll down the nature trails. There are plenty of very cool areas along the trail where guests are able to participate in forest bathing/meditation or can just relax and listen to the wind rustling through the leaves of the trees. We have a couple of very gentle horses on our farm, that if anyone wishes, can schedule a time meet them and do some therapy grooming. There is also a small flock of egg laying hens that are quite social. Pets are permitted but must be on leash at all times as we have a dog as well livestock on site as well as a multitude of wild animals such as skunks, porcupines and other critters that travel through the forest. We have a small on site store, which has some beautiful wood crafts that are created in our woodworking shop. Live-edge wood tables/charcuterie boards and other beautiful pieces as well as a large display of gorgeous healing crystals and metaphysical items are available for purchase if that's your interest. We are less than a 10 minute drive to Bobcaygeon, where you can find the world famous Kawartha Dairy, scrumptious restaurants, specialty clothing boutiques, grocery stores and pharmacies. Sturgeon Lake is the predominate lake with fabulous fishing/boating/ swimming. A 20 minute drive will get you to Fenelon Falls, Buckhorn or Kinmount where you will find the famous Kinmount Movie Theater that have the latest movies available. The Canadian Rail Trail is also nearby for anyone that wants to do some biking/hiking.
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Call of the Wild Hunt Camp

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Bancroft, ON
Apsley Ontario off the grid hunt camp! Welcome to our OFF THE GRID hunt camp in Apsley, Ontario, where adventure and relaxation meet! Our camp is nestled amidst the picturesque scenery of Eels Lake and surrounded by ATV trails that wind through the lush wilderness of Ontario. For those looking for an added level of excitement, we offer guided ATV tours through the stunning trail system. Our experienced guides will lead you through the safe spots, ensuring a safe and unforgettable experience for all ages. But that's not all - our camp offers comfortable accommodations with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. With fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities just a stone's throw away, our camp is the perfect place for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always on hand to assist you with any questions or requests you may have, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable stay. So, why not book your stay at our hunt camp in Apsley, Ontario today and experience the natural beauty and excitement of the great outdoors? 2 queen beds in the loft All appliances run off the grid on propane Furnace and wood stove Generator runs: microwave, kettle, coffee maker Full working shower with hot water on demand so you never run out of hot water :) Call or text 705 / 656 / 9555
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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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Darlene’s Backwoods

1 site · Tent44 acres · Haliburton, ON
Well my property is within 7-10 minutes to Haliburton. It is situated on over 40 acres. The site has room for 3 tents. The camper would need to bring their own portable toilet. It is quiet and private. On site wood for sale for campfires possibly.Lots of different shops to check out and restaurants. Swimming at head lake is also not that far away. My property is also not far from Fort Irwin for fishing or boating.
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Glamping by Sandy Lake

2 sites · Lodging32 acres · Lakehurst, ON
This unique space is steps up from camping. It is located on 32 acres of land with so much to explore and see. What used to be a sheep farm about a century ago is now a hobby farm with plenty of forested area and hiking trails to explore. The large glamping tent has a double futon bed and bunk bed. An indoor fire place, as well as a basic kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster. There is a porch and outside area with your own fire pit to enjoy and relax (fire wood included). - Like all camping, everything that is brought in must leave with the guest (there is no garbage disposal and for extensive stays we can provide a pass to the local dump) - There is no cleaning provided between guests (no cleaning charge applied), for this reason we ask that you leave the tent in great shape for the next guests arriving. Failure to do so will result in additional fees. - Dogs are welcomed and we can even provide a dog bed on request, but we ask that you pick up after your dog and keep the dog off the beds. If there are other guests in the main cottage exploring the grounds; we just ask that you have a dog leash handy. - You must bring all the essentials, including your cookware and cooking utensils (given the lack of running water) - Guest must bring their own linens/sleeping bags. Pillows and extra blankets are provided. - Guests are encouraged to bring plenty of drinking water, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper and etc. - Buckhorn which is about a 5 min drive away has all the essentials, including a Foodland supermarket, convenience store, LCBO, a few restaurants including take out pizza. - The odd time, the guests may encounter the host and family on the grounds doing maintenance.
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Camping at our Earthship/tire-house

13 sites · Tents4 acres · L'amable, ON
Join us on our property, where we are building our dream home (and earthship) made of tires!!! We have just under 4 acres of land, Where we offer tent camping in our forested property, in the village of L'amable. We are just south of the town of Bancroft (The Mineral capital of Canada). Surrounded by deer, moose, bear, fox, raccoon, rabbit, to name a few, you are sure to see wildlife. When booking with us you will have the ability to choose 1 of 6 campsites, where you will camp in mature forest, immersed in the beautiful vibrations and energy of the minerals that cover the land. If you have children, they are welcome to play with all of our boys, on their trampoline and play equipment, and enjoy the animals that live on our property as well. There are countless amazing local stores, and many natural attractions to visit nearby to rock hound, hike, swim, boat, and fish. There is also, an extensive trail systems to enjoy on your bikes, quads, and sleds close by. We are very child and pet friendly as well! Being newer to hipcamp, our campsites are always evolving and improving. So if you have visited in the past and enjoyed your stay, you can be certain it will be even better this time around :) **DIFFERENT OPTIONS** You have the ability to book a stay with us for either tent camping alone, or camping with a tour of our dream home (currently under construction) Either way we are sure you will enjoy our campsites and the beauty that our property and the surrounding area has to offer. ***Read our fantastic reviews from various hipcampers, as we continually strive to improve and develop our campsites for your continued enjoyment! HAPPY CAMPING!
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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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Cabin in the Woods

3 sites · Lodging, Tents7 acres · Belleville, ON
7 acres of field, forest, pond, waterfall, rapids, swimming hole! There are no bad views! Sit by the pond, sit by the creek, sit in the waterfall, sit out at Blueberry Hill for a pleasant breeze or up on SunStar Ridge for some nightly star gazing or lay back in a hammock or on zero gravity chair 1 Bunkie on a hill overlooking the pond and 2 private tent sites, one at Boot Hill and one in the Field of Dreams. Each site has a fire pit and a compostable toilet and there is an outhouse on the property for the bunkie. Great for canoes, kayaks, bird and wildlife watching with spectacular star gazing. This property was part of an old homestead and as such I am still finding things so please respect the caution tape and stay on the marked trails. Some are treasures (European Grapes, Bergamot, French Roses, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Ramps, Fiddle-heads) and others not so much. I am re purposing what I can and collecting the rest for disposal as I nurture this land back to what it was meant to be, paradise. There is an outdoor shower available as well. If you are green minded you are welcome here!
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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. Lots of lakes in the area. 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 minutes At 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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Harmony Resorts - South Algonquin

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · ON
Located on the shores of beautiful Benoir Lake and surrounded by the unsurpassed splendor of the Haliburton Highlands, we are an outdoor enthusiasts playground. The rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield is abundant with lakes and trails to explore. There is always so much to do here, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ATVing, hiking, and fishing the nearly 40 miles of connected waterways. The possibilities are near endless! Discover the natural mysteries of Algonquin Park, entering through the park’s south gate located right across the road. Journey into the wilderness as you hike through the trails or rent a canoe from us to explore Kingscote lake or travel up the York River to High Falls.
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The best camping near Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park guide

Overview

About

Kawartha Highlands is the second-largest provincial park in Ontario, filled with lakes both large and small. There is no car camping at the park, only paddle-in backcountry campsites. The park offers amazing opportunities for fishing, birding, and hunting in addition to swimming and, of course, paddling. Set about 2.5 hours’ drive from Toronto and one hour from Peterborough, Kawartha isn’t as famous as Algonquin Provincial ParkPark, but it is closer to the city and just as great an escape from civilization.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families: The Bottle Lake access point provides you with several campsites within a day’s paddle to create a base camp for family trips.
  • Best for adrenaline lovers: The Mississauga River offers manageable whitewater paddling (although most rapids can be avoided using portages) and rugged scenery.
  • Best for classic park views: The Serpentine Loop is a favourite among paddlers for its remote wilderness, island campsites, and stunning waterfall. However, doing the full loop involves a 1,500-metre portage.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites can be booked online or by phone through Ontario Parks.
  2. The park has nine access points for starting your journey. Choosing a point that’s a bit farther to drive to will likely mean fewer campsites are booked up.
  3. If you’re new to canoe tripping, choose campsites that aren’t too far apart. A change in wind direction can slow you down and make your destination hard to reach before dark.
  4. If your preferred route is booked up, try a different access point and route. It’s a big park with plenty of alternatives.

When to go

Although it’s open all year, things get icy over winter, when paddling isn’t possible on most of the smaller lakes. However, for experienced paddlers and backcountry campers, visiting in November or even early December will provide incredible solitude. Visiting during October is popular (but not as crowded as summer) because of the fall colours, bug-free environment, and generally cool but tolerable temperatures.

Know before you go

  • Many of the accessible lakes are lined with privately owned cottages. Paddlers should respect private property and expect to share the water with cottagers’ power boats.
  • The park has very limited facilities, but campsites generally have a picnic table, fire ring, and box privy. Most campsites have at least three tent pads.
  • You’ll need to print out an interior camping permit at home within 14 days of your booking and bring it along, or pick one up in person at the park office in Bancroft, Ontario.
  • Several local outfitters offer equipment rentals and canoe route maps. You can also purchase maps online to help with planning and booking your route.

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