Grundy Lake Provincial Park
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Introduction

Grundy Lake Provincial Park, located in Britt, Ontario, Canada, is unmatched when it comes to waterfront RV and tent camping. The park rests between many small inland lakes and waterways, making Grundy Lake Provincial Park the place to visit for canoers, kayakers, and paddlers because of the numerous explorable waterways.

Grundy Lake Provincial Park is a seasonally operating park that hosts activities and events that will entertain almost every member of your group. During the peak summer months, concerts, programs, and hands-on activities bring people in from all over the province, and lucky campers who stay during these events will have an abundance of park activities to choose from whether it’s a guided hike or a walk through nature alone.

The campgrounds at Grundy Lake Provincial Park cater to many different styles of camping, such as group camping, cabin camping, and tent or RV camping. The large facility has nine campgrounds for car campers, with each loop offering different views and amenities. When choosing a place to stay, be sure to check out the radio-free and pet-free camping loops as well as the campgrounds that open earlier or later in the season. All of the campsites have access to the centrally located garbage and recycling center as well as the central filling and sanitary dump station, located near the park’s entrance, the Grundy Lake Gatehouse.

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Transportation in Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Driving

Grundy Lake Provincial Park is located 201 miles (324 km) northwest of Toronto and 298 miles (480 km) northwest of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Depending on the route, some drivers may have to take toll roads.

Guests visiting the park must pay a daily vehicle permit fee as well as an overnight camping fee for more than one vehicle. Prices vary depending on the residency and ages of the guests. Fees are payable upon entry.

All campers must enter the park at the main gatehouse entrance, and proceed to the campground. The campgrounds are all accessible off of the main road, and depending on the site and campground will determine which direction RVers must take.

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Campgrounds and parking in Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Campsites in Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Balsam Campground

The Balsam Campground is a pet-friendly and seasonally operating campground that rests near the shores of Clear Lake. The natural-surfaced driveways accommodate smaller RVs and trailers up to 25 feet in length. All of the spaces are primitive with no electrical hookups, but each site does have a fire pit and a picnic table. Guests staying at the Balsam Campground have access to drinking water, vault toilets, a canoe launch, and a beach. Generators are permitted as long as you adhere to the park’s rule of keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

Jack Pine Campground

The Jack Pine Campground, located near Grundy Lake, is a seasonal and pet-friendly campground that provides a mix of electric and non-electric sites, all with picnic tables and fire rings. Most of the sites accommodate RVs and trailers up to 18 feet in length, but a few allow larger campers up to 25 feet in length. This campground has drinking water, vault toilets, and a comfort station with a laundry room. Campers staying here are close to hiking trails, a canoe launch, fishing, and a beach. Generators are permitted as long as you adhere to the park’s rule of keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

White Birch Campground

The White Birch Campground has views of Grundy Lake, and it is a seasonal and pet-friendly campground that provides a mix of electric and non-electric sites, all with picnic tables and fire rings. The natural-surfaced driveways accommodate RVs and trailers over 32 feet in length. The White Pine Campground has drinking water and a comfort station with a laundry room. There is a beach, and some of the hiking trails are nearby. Generators are permitted as long as you adhere to the park’s rule of keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

Poplar Campground

The Poplar Campground is a lakeside, pet-friendly campground that operates during the warmer season. This campground has both electric and non-electric sites available, and each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. The natural-surfaced driveways accommodate RVs and trailers over 32 feet in length. This campground has drinking water, vault toilets, a comfort station with a laundry room, and a beach with a sand volleyball court. Generators are permitted as long as you adhere to the park’s rule of keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

Trailer Campground

Trailer Campground is a pet-friendly, seasonally operating campground that sits along the shores of Gurd Lake. The natural-surfaced driveways accommodate RVs and trailers up to 32 feet in length. Each site has electricity, a fire pit, and a picnic table. This campground has drinking water, vault toilets, horseshoe pits, a beach, a canoe launch, as well as a comfort station and a laundry area close by. Generators are permitted as long as you adhere to the park’s rule of keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

Red Maple Campground

The Red Maple Campground has views of Grundy Lake and operates seasonally. Red Maple Campground is a radio-free and pet-free campground. The sites are non-electric, and each space has a picnic table and a fire ring. Some of the spaces at this campground accommodate RVs and trailers over 32 feet in length. This campground has drinking water and vault toilets available. Because Red Maple is a radio-free campground, it means that campers who stay here must not take part in noise-making activities or use radios, television, or other noisy equipment. Camping in a radio-free area encourages rustic camping and a serene atmosphere.

White Pine Campground

The White Pine Campground sits along the shores of Grundy Lake. It is a seasonal and pet-friendly campground that provides both electric and non-electric sites, all with picnic tables and fire rings. The natural-surfaced driveways accommodate RVs and trailers over 32 feet in length. The White Pine Campground has drinking water and vault toilets, and there is a canoe launch, beach, and a comfort station with a laundry room nearby. Generators are permitted as long as you adhere to the park’s rule of keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

Hemlock Campground

The Hemlock Campground sits along the shores of Gurd Lake. It is a seasonal and pet-friendly campground that provides both electric and non-electric sites, all with picnic tables and fire rings. The natural-surfaced driveways accommodate RVs and trailers up to 32 feet in length. The Hemlock Campground has drinking water and vault toilets, and there is a canoe launch, a beach, and a comfort station with a laundry room nearby. Hemlock Campground is a radio-free campground which means this campground prohibits noise-making activities from radios, television, or other noisy equipment. Camping in a radio-free area encourages rustic camping and a serene atmosphere.

White Spruce Campground

The White Spruce campground is a pet-friendly, seasonally operating campground that sits along the shores of Gut Lake. The natural-surfaced driveways accommodate RVs and trailers up to 32 feet in length. Each site is primitive without any hookups, and each space and has a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground has drinking water and vault toilets, and it is close to the hiking trails. Generators are permitted as long as you adhere to the park’s rule of keeping excessive noise to a minimum.

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Seasonal activities in Grundy Lake Provincial Park

In-Season

Special Programs and Events

During the summer months, the park hosts a series of events and activities meant to educate and entertain guests of all ages. The events vary depending on interest and the time of year, so if you are visiting the park, it’s always best to ask about what might be happening during your stay. Events range from hands-on activities led by park rangers such as the Discovery Programs to community concerts, races, and special activities meant to entertain park guests as well as the surrounding community.

Swimming

During the warm summer days, bring your beach gear, your sunscreen, and plan to spend your day near the water. The park has eight different beaches located throughout the park, and many of those beaches have soft sand, drinking water, and shaded picnic areas nearby. The main swimming beach has a buoyed swimming area so swimmers know precisely how far they can head into the water. The main beach is located near the day use area. The day use area has a comfort station, plenty of parking, and it is close to the visitor center. As with any beach at Ontario provincial parks, pets are not permitted, and there are no lifeguards on duty.

Paddling

If you are a paddler, don’t forget to bring your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard with you during your stay! There are 18 canoe launches situated along the park’s inland lakes, making it easy for paddlers to access the water from just about anywhere in the park. If you don’t have a kayak or canoe, don’t worry; there are boats for rent nearby as well as a station where paddlers may borrow a personal flotation device for the day for a small, refundable fee. Since the lakes at Grundy Lake Provincial Park don’t permit motorized boats, the paddling experience is even better because the water is less choppy and ideal for smaller watercraft.

Off-Season

Birding

If you are interested in birds, bring your binoculars and your cameras and pick up a bird checklist from the Visitor Center. Grundy Lake’s waterways, combined with the wetland and marsh landscape create the ideal habitat from birds like great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, common loons, woodpeckers, and Whip-or-Wills. The park is also a rookery for Great Blue Herons, who nest in the spring. If you are lucky, you might spot the pair of Trumpeter Swans that like visit the smaller lake areas within the park.

Fishing

Grundy Lake Provincial Park is an angler’s dream. The different bodies of water offer excellent bass, panfish, walleye, crappie, and northern pike fishing. Anglers have a choice to fish from the shoreline or a canoe, and people new to fishing may participate in the Learn to Fish Program. The Learn to Fish program is a free, hands-on program that combines instruction and supervision for new or inexperienced anglers. Ontario requires fishing licenses, but the rules for permits vary by residency and age. Visit Ontario’s travel and recreation department for fishing information before heading out on the lake or river to fish to ensure you adhere to all fishing rules and regulations.

Hiking

Hiking is one of the many activities that bring people to Grundy Lake. Casual hikers have the choice between three shorter trails, while more adventurous hikers can plan a backcountry-overnight trek. The day-hiking trails are short, anywhere from .9 miles (1.5 km) to 2.2 miles (3.6 km) in length. Each of these trails offer moderate to difficult level hikes, and each trail winds through varying landscape, overlooks, and wildlife viewing areas. Pick up a trail map when you enter the park, and ask which path is best for you.

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