5 RV Destinations Where You Can Get Away From It All

Martin Lortz
by Martin Lortz

When it comes to getting away from it all, you will be hard-pressed to find a better tool for the job than the comforts of an RV. Add to that the fact that you will discover enough RVing-worthy destinations for a lifetime of exploring across Ontario. That said, getting away from it all is not the same for all. If you desire a spot off the beaten path where solitude, silence, nature, and relaxation take priority, these five OntarioRV destinations will deliver your kind of a good time.

Racine Lake Campground

You know you are getting off the beaten path when Google can’t help to get you there. Located 25 km north of the town of Chapleau, Ontario, Racine Lake Campground offers a chance to park your home away from home beneath the pines on the sandy shores of Racine Lake, one of Algoma’s prettiest lakes. Primarily a seasonal campground, overnight sites are limited, and reservations are necessary. Water edge sites offer a grand view of the pristine lake where the primary entertainment is sunrise, sunset, and star-filled skies. Racine Lake’s sandy bottom and gradual entry make for excellent swimming for all.

If fishing is of interest, the nearby “secret” lakes offer incredible Walleye and Northern Pike fishing.

An on-site store provides groceries, snacks, a propane refilling station, showers and internet access are located outside the store. All lots have water hook up and some 15 amp power.

In Chapleau, stroll the town’s waterfront, visit the Chapleau Museum and Tourist Information Centre for some local treasures, including a birch bark canoe, CP Rail memorabilia, indigenous beadwork and a collection of photos. Take a hike at the Potholes Provincial Nature Reserve; a short interpretive trail leads you to the potholes, sedges and flowering plants growing along the riverbank.

Mississagi Straits Lighthouse Museum and Campground

If your idea of getting away from it all is a spot at the end of land, Mississagi Straits Lighthouse Museum and Campground is that place. Located near Meldrum Bay at the western end of Manitoulin Island, here you will find barebones camping at its best. With only a handful of 15 amp electrical sites, you need to bring everything you need making it a perfect destination for your RV. With some sites on the shore of Lake Huron, this is a place to go to read, paint, hike, fish and enjoy some peace and tranquility. While doing nothing is a good reason for visiting, exploring Meldrum Bay, and the Lighthouse and Net Shed Museum are nearby activity options.

Getting here is an adventure in itself, via the MS Chi-Cheemaun from Tobermory or the scenic drive along Highway 6 and over the historic Little Current Swing Bridge. Be sure to stop in at Bridal Veil Falls – perhaps Manitoulin Island‘s most well-known tourist stop.

Lazy Rock RV Park & Campground

Lazy Rock RV Park & Campground is a small private campground near Mattawa, Ontario, with a reputation for fantastic hospitality and camping sites to match. Set up on one of the 38 lakeside& pull-thru RV sites available and partake in fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating and swimming on the secluded Taggart Lake (no gas motors) or sit back and enjoy the view from your site. With no light pollution, the best view is up after the sun sets and the sky fills with stars and the milky way. Comfort is guaranteed with renovated amenities, new washrooms, showers, docks, picnic tables and for your RV, 30amp RV service with water hookups and a full-service dump station upon exiting the park.

Beyond the campground, the Eau Claire Gorge conservation area is just a short drive away, as is the opportunity to hike or cycle through Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. If your good time involves the rumble of an engine and a dirt trail, you will love the 300 plus kilometers ATV playground that is the VMUTS trail system.

In the nearby town of Mattawa, be sure to visit the Mattawa Museum, the local artisans and antique shops and the gallery of world-renowned artist Clermont Duval.

Veilleux Marina & Campground

Located 16 km north of Hearst, Ontario, at the edge of an impressive chain of five lakes, Veilleux Marina &Campground offers various sites, from lake views to wooded sites. Choose from full services (water, electricity, sewage, washrooms, showers, laundromat) or without services are available. The on-site convenience store and licensed restaurant let you focus on relaxing. Poutine on the outdoor deck overlooking the lake is a must-do.

Water-based activities dominate here. The chain of lakes is well known for its exceptional fishing and a wide variety of sporting activities, swimmers, kayakers, windsurfers, recreational boaters and water skiers; welcome to the playground. Spectacular sunsets over the lake are almost guaranteed, and there is always the possibility the Northern Lights will make an appearance.

In Hearst, be sure to stop in at the Scierie Heritage Sawmill and learn about the area’s lumberjack history, sample some local spirits at Rheault Distillery or take a hike at the nearby Fushimi Lake ProvincialPark.

Pine Point Resort

Located in Upsala, Ontario, Pine Point Resort campground is a bit of a drive from highway 17; your effort is rewarded with a lakeside camping experience in the middle of nowhere. The 28 trailer camper sites with hookups are located on Lac Des Mille Lacs, surrounded by water on three sides and a pine forest on the other. Nature is the star here as the sights and sounds of nature surround you. Bald Eagles soar above and sightings of bear and moose are possible. Spend the day swimming and the night star gazing by your campfire. Don’t forget your fishing rod; after all, this is Ontario’s fishing paradise. Boat rentals are available.

Yes, getting away from it all is not the same for all. If you desire a spot off the beaten path where solitude, silence, nature, and relaxation take priority. In that case, the above five Ontario Rving destinations will surely deliver your kind of a good time.