Georgian Bay Islands National Park will challenge your perceptions of Canada with picturesque sandy beaches and crystalline water that sparkles in shades of blue, green, and turquoise. The park is made up of more than 60 small islands accessible only by boat, which gives Georgian Bay a wonderfully off-the-grid feel. Thanks to a Parks Canada boat service, it's easy to camp in a motorhome on the mainland and take a day trip to Georgian Bay Islands National Park. You'll love exploring the scenic hiking trails, basking on the sandy beaches, and soaking up the artistic heritage.
Planning a road trip in Canada? Book an RV in Ontario and you can explore Georgian Bay Islands National Park at your own pace. There are RV rentals for every occasion, from compact campers to spacious family-sized rigs. With a home on wheels, you'll also have the freedom to visit gems such as Bruce Peninsula National Park and Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park protects the largest freshwater archipelago in the world. Run by Parks Canada, the DayTripper shuttle boat service makes it easy to explore Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Boats depart from Honey Harbour on the mainland and whisk you to Beausoleil Island in 15-minutes. Services run to either Cedar Spring in the south or Chimney Bay in the north.
In Cedar Spring, you'll find a welcome center where you can pick up trail maps, rent mountain bikes or join an interpretive program. Cedar Spring is also known for its sandy beaches and picturesque picnic spots. Dock at Chimney Bay and you'll get a taste of the wild, rugged landscape of Georgian Bay. You'll unlock access to some of the best hiking trails, as well as secluded beaches and picnic spots. Fishing is a rewarding pastime, with the waters of Georgian Bay teeming with perch, muskie, and other freshwater species.
In the 1920s, the whimsical natural beauty of Georgian Bay Islands National Park inspired a troupe of artists to immortalize the landscape. The collective became known as the Group of Seven and was fronted by masters such as Franklin Carmichael and Lawren Harris. Later, leading modernist Emily Carr was also welcomed into the group. Today, you can discover the same landscapes that inspired the Group of Seven on the northern trails of Beausoleil Island. As you hike, keep an eye out for the park's elusive eastern massasauga rattlesnakes.
Camping at Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Georgian Bay Islands is accessible only by boat, which means camping at Georgian Bay Islands National Park isn't an option. That said, you'll find plenty of RV-friendly campgrounds on the mainland, including Picnic Island Resort in Honey Harbor. Willow Lanes Trailer Park in Port Severn is another good option. Six Mile Lake Provincial Park is a 15-minute drive from Honey Harbor and offers six campgrounds set among pines, maples, and oaks. You'll love the easy access to sandy beaches and scenic hiking trails. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards from the park store.
If you'd like to spend a night or two in the park, you can set up a tent at one of the primitive island campgrounds or enjoy amenities like hot showers and toilets at the developed Cedar Spring Campground. Georgian Bay Islands National Park also offers waterfront cabins and oTENTiks if you'd like to sleep under the stars without compromising on creature comforts.
Exploring the Area
RV camping near Georgian Bay Islands National Park puts you in the heart of the picturesque Muskoka region. As you explore this charismatic pocket of Ontario, you'll find independent art galleries, charming local history museums, and a handful of boutique wineries, breweries, and coffee roasters. There are plenty of outdoor activities on offer, including hiking in provincial parks, teeing off at postcard-perfect golf courses, and horseback riding through the Muskoka countryside. Camp in an RV near Huntsville and you can catch outdoor jazz, bluegrass, and big band concerts by the Muskoka River.
A one-hour drive south, Wasaga Beach swaps the laidback vies of Georgian Bay Islands for a lively resort atmosphere. Stretching for more than eight miles, Wasaga claims to be the longest freshwater beach in the world. Soak up the action in the town center or head north to claim a quieter patch of sand. If you're trailer camping in Ontario, it's worth continuing venturing north to legendary Bruce Peninsula National Park. Prepare to be awestruck by the park's rugged limestone cliffs, 1,000-year-old cedar forests, and signature turquoise-hued waters.