With 100,000 square kilometres of forest and over 70,000 lakes, rivers and streams, Sunset Country has its fair share of Ontario Provincial Parks. These beautiful parks are located alongside most of the major highways in the region and if you love the outdoors, camping, fishing, swimming or hiking, these are a great destination choice.
If you have two weeks to spare and you want to experience Ontario's natural assets then we can think of no better idea than to spend 14 days visiting these parks. Here is a summary of what awaits you - done on a highway basis - meaning these parks are located on or near these highways.
Sioux Narrows Provincial Park - Sioux Narrows: Located on Ontario's Lake of the Woods just north of Sioux Narrows, Ontario this is a lesser-known but extraordinarily beautiful part of the region. In addition to spectacular fishing, this park has huge white pines and an aura of history as it is located near the famous ambush of the invading Sioux by the local Ojibway people at the narrows that give this park its name.
Sandbar Lake Provincial Park - Ignace: Located just north of Ignace, Ontario on the Highway 599 Wilderness Corridor, Sandbar Lake is the largest of 10 lakes in the immediate area. This park and the region around it are known for some awesome pike and walleye fishing and this area also shows strong evidence of the forces of glaciation which occurred across the Sunset Country region.
Ojibway Provincial Park - Sioux Lookout: Located on Little Vermilion Lake between Dinorwic and Sioux Lookout, this 50 site campground does not require reservations. It offers a sandy beach, swimming and great smallmouth bass fishing. The park lakes link to several major northern canoe routes.
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park - Thunder Bay: Located in Kakabeka Falls, just 20 minutes from Thunder Bay, this park boasts a 40 metre high stunning waterfall. There are three campgrounds: Whispering Hills, Riverside and Fern’s Edge which have a variety of campsites including electrical and non-electrical sites.
Fourteen days may not be enough to see all of these wonderful parks but it will allow you to see some of them. Besides, there's always next year! To help you plan your trip and to obtain a map of Northwestern Ontario, contact Sunset Country Travel Association.