Provincial Parks in the French River area offer an abundance of natural beauty, heritage, and outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking.
French River Provincial Park
- Summer: (705) 857-1630
- Winter: (705) 287-2900
The French River is the first designated Canadian Heritage River that Aboriginal people used for travel and as a meeting place for thousands of years. Visit the award-winning French River Visitor Centre on Highway 69 to explore this heritage through the "Voices of the River" exhibit and view the French River Gorge from the iconic suspension bridge.
Grundy Lake Provincial Park
- (705) 383-2286
From several lakes in this park off the Trans-Canada Highway, you can paddle to the voyageurs' route along the French and Pickerel rivers into Georgian Bay. Beaches and smooth rocky shores provide excellent swimming, and mixed forest marks this area as the boundary between north and south. Hiking trails explore the forest.
Killarney Provincial Park
- (705) 287-2900
Considered one of Ontario Parks' crown jewels, this majestic, mountainous wilderness of sapphire lakes and jack pine ridges protects some of Ontario's outstanding landscapes.
Mashkinonje Provincial Park
- c/o Killarney Provincial Park
- (705) 287-2900
Mashkinonje (pronounced mas-kin-onj) is native for muskellunge, one of the largest fish inhabiting the surrounding waters of Lake Nipissing Mashkinonje is over 2,000 hectares stretching from the West Bay to the West Arm of Lake Nipissing. Mashkinonje was designated as a provincial park in 1963.
Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park
- (705) 366-2521
Situated among the 30.000 islands, this small campground off Highway 69 is an excellent base for exploring the craggy shoreline and fishing the dee.