The Best RV Parks in Northern Ontario

Martin Lortz
by Martin Lortz

There is no denying it; Ontario is big. In fact, it takes 24 hours todrive from end to end. When it comes to travelling by RV, Ontario’s size is not a bad thing; after all, exploring big spaces is what RVing is all about. The saying “getting there is half the fun” might apply to travel in the comfort of an RV, but let’s be honest, time is our most precious commodity and is better spent enjoying the destination and not behind the wheel getting there. With that in mind, here are some of the Best RV Parks in Northern Ontario worth the drive for a good time when you get there.

If you are planning an RV trip this year, check out the Northern Ontario RV trip planner here.

Lake Dore RV Resort

On Lake Dore, five minutes from Eganville, Lake Dore RV Resort is at the heart of the Ottawa Valley. A family-oriented campground on 50+ acres, with so much to do. Relax on the sandy beaches, go boating, tubing, fishing and exploring nature. Sit by a campfire or join in the activities. Enjoy fantastic fishing, boat rentals, kids’ playground, basketball, baseball, bingo, horseshoes, washer-toss, bocce ball, wagon rides. You will find card and movie nights on the social calendar and other planned activities.

Enjoy nearby attractions such as golf, Bonnechere Caves, whitewater rafting and kayaking, local shopping and of course, the Ottawa Valley hospitality!

  • Services: sewer, water and hydro (30- and 50-amp), wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

Providence Bay Tent & Trailer Park

Located along Manitoulin Island’s longest sand beach, Providence Bay Tent & Trailer Park has provided a camping experience for over 50 years. With 250 campsites, each offering electric and water hook-ups, along with a pump-out service and a dumping station, a perfect spot for RVers looking to relax on the beach or explore the island. The campground has fresh drinking water, a laundromat, and a convenience store. Arriving via the MS Chi-Cheemaun from Tobermory or the scenic drive along Highway 6 and over the historic Little Current Swing Bridge, getting here is half the fun. During your stay, some of the must-do points of interest are Bridal Veil Falls – perhaps Manitoulin’s most well-known tourist stop, hike The Cup and Saucer Hiking Trail for the iconic view of the island and learn about Aboriginal heritage and culture at the Great Spirit Circle Trail.

  • Services: Electric and water hook-ups, central dumping station, pump-out service, hot showers, flush toilets.

Sportsman’s Park

Located in Alban, a couple of kilometers off of highway 69 on Daoust Lake, Sportsman’s Park is a family-oriented spot showcasing the best of northern scenery and beautiful sunsets.

Surrounded by Crown Land, experience a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. There is plenty to do with a playground for the little ones, a volleyball court, beach, boat rentals, fishing, hiking and ATV trails, or watching the abundance of birds and wildlife.

If in the mood to explore, here are a few nearby points of interest, the city of Sudbury, Science North and hiking and mountain biking at Kivi Park.

  • Services: Electrical, showers/flush toilets, and sani-dump.

Serpent River Campground

Located on the Trans-Canada Hwy alongside the Serpent River (halfway between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie), Serpent River Campground is a perfect home base to explore Lake Huron’s North Channel. Large pull-thru sites that can accommodate large RVs to smaller motorhomes. Relax by the in-ground pool while the kids enjoy the playground.

Visit nearby communities of Spanish for a fantastic view of the north channel from the lookout at the Spanish Municipal Marina, Algoma Mills for some beach time by Lake Lauzon and Blind River for a bit of shopping along the Woodward Ave. Head out on the popular Deer Trail diving loop for a day-long adventure.

  • Services: Electrical, showers/toilets, and a convenience store offering home-made fresh pizza

Wawa RV Resort & Campground

The Wawa RV Resort & Campground is nestled along the Magpie River, just off Highway 17, five minutes north of Wawa. A perfect home base for exploring the beautiful natural landscape of North Eastern Superior and surrounding area. Paddle the Magpie River and cast a line if fishing is what you are after. Hike the many trails throughout the campground, relax by the pool, and spend an evening sitting by the campfire. In the area, be sure to visit the town of Wawa, stop by the beach and boardwalk along Wawa Lake, ice cream at Young’s General Store is a must, as is a selfie with the famous Wawa Goose. Nearby Sandy Beach on Lake Superior is spectacular, as are the rushing water cascades of the High Falls.

  • Services: Electrical, outdoor heated pool, laundry, wifi, showers.

Stillwater Tent & RV Park

Conveniently located on the Trans-Canada Hwy 11/17 in Nipigon, 5 minutes away from downtown Nipigon and one hour east of Thunder Bay, Stillwater Tent & RV Park is a gateway to a wilderness experience.

Set up home on one of the 45+ sites (12 Pull Thru Sites), some in wooded areas, some along Stillwater Creek, some open and grassy.

Explore the town of Nipigon along a 2.6-km self-guided walking tour. Climb The Bridgeview Lookout Tower, a new, contemporary structure that allows visitors easy access to a dramatic 360-degree view of the area and the newly built cable-stayed Nipigon River Bridge (an engineering feat and the first of its kind in Ontario). How about some fly-fishing with Nipigon River Adventures. Or, if you are ready to head out on your own, check out this top 10 list of fishing holes to try to land everything from brook trout and steelhead to whitefish and salmon.

  • Services: Electrical, shower, wifi, gift shop, laundry, sani-dump.

KOA Campground

On Highway11/17, just east of Thunder Bay, the KOA Campground is your headquarters to experience the natural beauty of nearby Lake Superior and the area’s attractions.

Pick a site amongst the trees or in the open. Enjoy fun times with the driving range, mini-golf, outdoor shuffleboard court, two heated saltwater pools, splash pad and a catch-and-release trout pond. Partake and make new friends at the hayrides, ice cream socials and other planned activities. An off-leash park is available for your four-legged companions. The campground store showcases local amethyst gifts and jewelry.

In the area, go rockhounding at open-pit amethyst mines. Explore 130-foot Kakabeka Falls and Ouimet Canyon. Go back in history at Fort William Historical Park, a re-created 1815 trading post complete with costumed natives, trappers and traders.

  • Services: Electrical, convenience store, firewood, 80′ max length, pull-through sites.

The Willows RV Park &Campground

Located just13 kilometers east of Kenora at the junction of Highway 17 and 17A East, on Longbow Lake Road. The 57 acre The Willows RV Park & Campground is nestled in a rustic wooded setting. All come with a picnic table and fire ring for a safe campfire. There is no time for boredom at The Willows in Sunset Country. Fishing, canoeing and swimming are available on nearby lakes. Hike the nature trails or join a movie night in the tipi outdoor theatre.

Lake of the Woods is the area’s main attraction. Containing more than 14,501islands, it provides nesting habitat for many American White Pelicans and several hundred pairs of Bald Eagles. Stop by the beach on the west side of Coney Island. Visit Huskie the Muskie, the 40-foot-tall (12 m) outdoor sculpture depicting a muskellunge in Kenora, Ontario’s McLeod Park.

Also, in Kenora, the Woods Museum is one of the finest small museums in Canada. Round of golf anyone, the Kenora Golf & Country Club, Beauty Bay Golf Course will be happy to host.

  • Services: Electrical, wifi, showers/washrooms, waste disposal, hiking trails.

Yes, travelling the expanse of Ontario by RV might be behind the saying “getting there is half the fun.” But with these incredible Northern Ontario RV resorts as your destination, the real fun starts when you get there. Get started by planning your next RV trip right now.