Quick weekend getaways close to home campground locations in SW Ontario

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Camping season may be coming to an end, but it is never too early to start planning your next trip for the following season. Who does not like thinking about campfires, s'mores, and a warm, toasty fire? Whether you are a campground connoisseur or just looking to spend more time in nature next year, these spots should definitely be on your radar. They are all less than a four-hour drive from the Greater Toronto Area and are sure to give lasting memories.

 

Algonquin Park

 

The best way to explore the scenic views here is by canoe or on foot. This park is 7,653 square kilometres, making it about one and a half times the size of Prince Edward Island, and has more than 2,400 lakes. Algonquin has something for everyone. If roughing it in the bush is not your thing, it also has drive-in campsites off of Highway 60.


 

Elora Gorge Conservation Area

 

This spot is just an hour and a half from Toronto's downtown core near Guelph. It offers a variety of camping experiences from roughing it to "glamping." There are several ways to take in the Grand River that flows through the gorge. Admire 22-metre high cliffs, go for a swim in the "old swimming hole," and kayak or inner tube down the river. The quaint town of Elora makes for a pleasant day trip too. At the end of August, the town throws a music festival called Elora Riverfest with past headliners including The Flaming Lips, Arkells, Carly Rae Jepsen, and many more.


 

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

 

Between Burlington and Oakville is this park located just 45 minutes from Toronto. It is an excellent spot to camp with little ones as they will be busy playing in the animal farm and swimming pool. It is close enough to urban centres should you need anything as well.


 

Bruce Peninsula National Park

 

Anyone who has been here will tell you how picturesque and crystal clear the water is - it feels as though you are on the west coast. It has soaring thousand-year-old cedar trees around Georgian Bay and huge, rugged cliffs throughout. Bruce Peninsula can get quite crowded with tourists in the summer months due to its natural beauty. It is also connected to The Bruce Trail, one of Ontario's most popular hiking trails.


 

Sandbanks Provincial Park

 

Here lies one of Ontario's largest and most beautiful beaches. It is located in Prince Edward County, which is a 2.5-hour drive east of Toronto. There are 549 campsites with special large sites made explicitly for group camping, and comfort stations for anyone who wants to shower while they camp. There is also sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, and boating available at Sandbanks.


 

Bon Echo Provincial Park

 

The three hours and 45-minute drive northeast of Toronto is well worth the drive to this site. The park is well-suited for all kinds of campers with backcountry camping, drive-in sites, portaging sites, and even access to electricity and running water. For hiking enthusiasts, there is a trail that leads to a 100-metre high cliff with more than 260 Indigenous pictographs that is a must-do. There are plenty of other things to do as well from boat trips to educational activities. Everyone in the family will have a good time here.

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