August is just around the corner and if you’re looking to soak up the rest of the summer, do yourself a favour and make your way out of the city for the weekend. Stealing just a couple of days to reconnect with nature and remind yourself of what real life is really can often save your sanity. One of the best parts about living in Ontario is being so close to some of the best and most beautiful campgrounds. Best of all is that there are some that are actually a reasonable driving distance from Toronto.
Want to get away this weekend? Head to any of these 12 campgrounds less than 3 hours from Toronto!
This gem of a campground is actually located in Toronto, so very limited travel is needed! Located in the east end of the city, this spot is even TTC accessible. Glen Rouge Campground has 125 camping sites to choose from and now, oTENTik lodgings are available to offer an alternative to traditional camping for all to enjoy. It’s pretty much a cross between a tent or cabin, and includes three beds.
Distance From Toronto: 56 minutes
Only, about an hour and a half drive from downtown Toronto, you will find the picturesque Elora Gorge. Pitch your tent at Elora Gorge Park and book an excursion to tube down the river. Head to the quaint town of Elora in the morning and you’ll really appreciate the out-of-city life.
Distance From Toronto: 2 hours
You absolutely do not want to miss out on going to the gorgeous and extremely well-maintained Bon Echo Provincial Park. Make sure you’re prepared — bring bug spray and other camping essentials, and you’ll be golden. It’s also important to note that it’s a bit of a drive from Toronto, but so worth it once you arrive. You can enjoy backcountry camping or check out the views from your car.
Distance From Toronto: 3 hours, 32 minutes
A short car ride to Caledon will get you to Albion Hills Conservation Park where you can be hiking, biking, or simply snoozing on the beach. Do all the things that the city won’t allow: fish, swim in the lake, and then fall asleep under a star-filled sky. Pretty enticing, huh?
Distance From Toronto: 1 hour, 31 minutes
The gorgeous Awenda Provincial Park is located on Georgian Bay so it’s a bit on the further side. However, once you’re there you’ll see that it’s well worth the journey. With 33 km of trails on offer, it’s the perfect retreat from city living. Breathe it in, soak it up, and go for a swim in the crystal clear lake.
Distance From Toronto: 2 hours, 43 minutes
While Sandbanks Provincial Park is also slightly farther away, you’ll be happy you made the trek once you see the beach. Located in Prince Edward County, there are a ton of fun things to do in the area and the dunes at the park are a sight you won’t want to miss.
Distance From Toronto: 3 hours, 5 minutes
Arrowhead Provincial Park is just north of Huntsville, but you’ll feel like you’re much further north with all the dense greenery, lakes, and hiking trails. The main attractions here is a trail that leads to a waterfall, and one that passes by a U-shaped river bend.
Distance From Toronto: 2 hours, 43 minutes
With all the unique landforms at Rockwood Conservation Area, including limestone cliffs, caves, and glacial potholes, it’s hard to believe this place is so near Toronto, located just outside of Guelph. The Eramosa River also runs through it, making this an awesome place for avid canoers and kayakers.
Distance From Toronto: 1 hour, 32 minutes
If you your idea of camping is hanging out, Sibbald Point Provincial Park, located just south of Orillia, is another campground you should visit. There’s a large sandy beach that sits on Lake Simcoe and plenty of grassy picnic areas for kicking back and relaxing with friends.
Distance From Toronto: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is the perfect place to camp if you don’t feel like driving very far. Located in between Burlington and Oakville, it’s also accessible by GO Transit leaving from Union and Exhibition Stations. The park features a 115-foot deep ravine, five great hiking trails, and more!
Distance From Toronto: 1 hour, 7 minutes
Darlington Provincial Park is another great option for those seeking a nature retreat that’s under an hour away. Darlington is just outside of Oshawa on Lake Ontario, and has a long sandy beachfront, nature trails, and a number of day-use picnic facilities.
Distance From Toronto: 1 hour, 33 minutes
There is so much to explore at Algonquin Provincial Park that you will definitely want to spend the entire weekend here. Its forests, rivers, and numerous lakes, are home to lots of wildlife like moose, bears, loons.
Distance From Toronto: 3 hour, 30 minutes
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