Article by: Brennan Moxey
Ontario’s Lake Country is home to numerous parks, including three scenic provincial parks. Our parks are always a must visit on our summer checklist and we wouldn’t be surprised if they make it onto your checklist after highlighting the features and activities offered by these scenic parks.
This provincial park is our largest park and a popular location for families and friends due to its facilities and activities available. Bass Lake offers a 2.8km hiking trail (which is paved and bicycle friendly), camping sites, watercraft rentals (kayaks, paddle boats, canoes) and a beautiful sandy beach. Not to mention this park is within a five-minute drive of Orillia’s restaurants, shopping centers, and a movie theatre if you need to escape the mosquitoes for a little bit. There is a lot you can do at Bass Lake and we recommend you visit this park at least once this summer.
Our second provincial park on the list is Mara Provincial Park. Mara is the smallest of the three parks within Ontario’s Lake Country and has a fascinating history. For over 4,000 years the indigenous inhabitants built weirs to harvest fish teeming in the narrows here between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Mara doesn’t offer quite as much facilities and activities but there still is quite a lot to do and fun to have. Mara’s primary attraction is its wide sandy beach by Lake Simcoe which you can swim, fish and boat from. Additionally, Mara offers a .5km nature trail and a variety of campsites.
This small peninsula on Lake Simcoe is an ideal summer playground for the whole family. McRae Point Provincial Park offers many activities such as swimming, fishing and boating in its calm waters. The 1.2 km Water’s Edge Trail is a memorable experience as it passes through numerous ecosystems and the point at the end of the trail awards visitors with magnificent sunsets over Lake Simcoe. If you are looking for a relaxing park surrounded by water McRae Point is for you.
Whether it’s for a full day or longer stays, we highly recommend you visit all the Provincial Parks found within Ontario’s Lake Country. We promise you will be awarded with a memorable experience with friends or family and you will not regret visiting any of these parks. So, what are you waiting for? The weather is heating up and the campsites are being booked. We are ready to visit these parks, are you?
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