Caliper Lake Provincial Park – Camping near Nestor Falls

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Caliper Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario; seven kilometres south of Nestor Falls. Caliper Lake campground is in the Kenora district, directly off the Trans Canada Highway and sits on the northern shores of the beautiful Caliper Lake.

Caliper Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

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(photo credit to Leanna Mongrain)
The campground features over 80 sites with about one third of them having electricity. The park is broken up into two separate areas, one for the electrical sites while the other having non-electrical.

Caliper Lake campground offers a spacious group campsite that can fit nearly 40 people. The site overlooks the lake and is one of the nicer camping sites in the park.

One of the unique features of Caliper Lake are the walk-in campsites. Eight of the sites have a short walking distance after parking your car away from the site. Ranging up to 50 metres, the sites make you feel like you are in the backcountry and are right on the water.

What to do at Caliper Lake Provincial Park?

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(photo credit to Leanna Mongrain)
Caliper Lake features a great swimming area with sandy beaches, located in the western part of the park. The beach is a great size for an inland lake in Northern Ontario. The lake is shallow which keeps the water warmer but still provides a refreshing swim.

The park also features a great hiking trail located near the entrance of the park.

The Beaver Pond Trail ranges in size depending on which loop you choose. Between 2 and 3 kilometres, this moderately difficult hiking trail takes you around a great reminder of the vast differences in Northern Ontario forests and ponds.

One of the best parts about the campground is the annual Moose N’ Fiddle Music Festival. Displaying a wide variety of upcoming and established musical talent; there is music that everyone can enjoy. Artisan shops, a variety of food trucks and music lessons provide a great interactive opportunity for all of the campers and visitors.

Fishing in Caliper Lake Provincial Park

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(Photo Credit to Leanna Mongrain)
Caliper Lake is home to a wide variety of fish which includes Northern Pike, Crappie, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass. An unforgettable shore lunch is just waiting to be pulled out of the lake.

The boat launch is right in the middle of the two separate campgrounds. One of the best parts of camping in the park is fishing on Caliper Lake.

Caliper Lake Provincial Park is a great campground located in Northern Ontario near Nestor Falls. Located directly off Highway 17; this park features something for everyone.

Blue Lake Provincial Park – Camping near Vermillion Bay

Blue Lake Provincial Park – Camping near Vermillion Bay

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks
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Blue Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario; nine kilometres north of Vermillion Bay. Blue Lake campground is located in the Kenora District. Off of Highway 647, which is directly off the Trans Canada Highway, the park sits on the eastern shores of beautiful Blue Lake.

Blue Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

The campground features over 200 sites with half of them electrical. The park is well laid out and is well marked in order to find your campsite.

The park features two group campsites that can fit anywhere between 40 and 140 people. Both group campsites are in great locations at opposite ends of the park and are some of the closest sites to the shores of Blue Lake.

One of the more unique features of Blue Lake campground are the “trailer equipped” sites. Six sites in the park come ready to camp with trailers already on the site and the only thing you need to take care of is kitchen and personal items.

Blue Lake Provincial Park has a rich history in Northern Ontario. In the early 1900’s, there was a large forest fire that left it’s mark in the Park.

What to do at Blue Lake Provincial Park?

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Blue Lake features some of the most crystal clear waters in Northern Ontario. A long sandy beach runs the entire length of the park and features buoys to mark the safe swimming area. One of the group campsites has its own buoyed beach.

There is no shortage of available hiking in Blue Lake Provincial Park. The park features four quite unique hiking trails through a variety of areas.

The Boulder Ridge trail is a one kilometre trail that is relatively easy to traverse. A truly Northern Ontario mix of scenery, this trail features it all. Remnants of glaciers and forest fires through the areas and sand runs from rivers that have dried up.

The Goblin Lake trail, the longest in the park, is 11 kilometres long and a moderate to difficult hike. This all day hike wraps around Goblin Lake and provides scenery that would like the same as hundreds of years ago when the fur traders were in the area.

Rock Point trail is a four kilometre trail with a moderate level of difficulty. Beginning at an active beaver pond, the trail traverses through a wide array of Northern Ontario trees from cedars near the shore line to large jack pine and balsam.

The Spruce Fen Boardwalk trail is one kilometre long, boardwalk trail that takes you around a floating island. Similar to the bogs of Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park, this unique feature is really something spectacular. Many animals and insects take advantage of this and can be seen from the walking path.

The park also features a Natural Heritage Education (NHE) staff which offers a variety of programs as well as treks back in time. Along with an old log cabin which houses the Park’s museum, it is really well representative of the great history of the area.

Fishing in Blue Lake Provincial Park

Blue Lake is another great fishing lake in Northern Ontario with a wide variety of fish. Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike are mainstays of the Lake and provide the usual catches. More experienced fisherman will try to pull Walleye or Musky out of Blue Lake, but they pose much more of a challenge.

Nearby Corner Lake which is located only three kilometres south on Highway 647 features an opportunity to catch Walleye. Although, no other lakes are fully contained in the park, there are many lakes in the area offering a wide variety of fish.

Blue Lake has a fish cleaning hut which is on the opposite side of where the boat launch is located. Somewhat inconvenient, it is well used with all the different fish coming out of Blue Lake.

The lake features a steady number of canoes and kayaks which can be rented directly from the Park.

Blue Lake Provincial Park is a great campground near Vermillion Bay in Northern Ontario. Located just off Highway 17, it is very convenient and will provide countless memories for everyone that attends.

Aaron Provincial Park – Camping near Dryden

Aaron Provincial Park – Camping near Dryden

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

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Aaron Provincial Park is located in the Kenora district of Northern Ontario; 11 kilometres east of Dryden.

Located on the southern and eastern shores of beautiful Lake Thunder just off of the Trans Canada Highway, Aaron park is a camper’s dream.

Aaron Provincial Park – The Campground

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    Aaron Provincial Park Entrance, directly off Highway 17 near Dryden (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Driving along the shores of Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Hiking sign for Aspen Trail (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    The Aspen Hiking Trail is two kilometres long (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Point on Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Overlooking Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Overlooking Lake Thunder (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Campsites at Aaron Provincial Park (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Wild Mushrooms - Better safe than sorry (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Devil's Paintbrushes at Aaron Park (Photo credit to Paul Darling)
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    Crow overlooking Aaron Provincial Park (Photo credit to Paul Darling)

Aaron Park features nearly 100 campsites with approximately 30 percent of them having electrical hookups.

The campground is made up of two separate sections, east and west. Thunder Creek flows right through the middle of the park which separates the two sections.

Aaron Provincial campground has one group campsite that can easily handle 15 to 20 people.

This park, like so many other Northern Ontario Provincial Parks, shows the effects of glaciers. The glaciers left scratches on rocks as memories of them moving through the area.

What to do at Aaron Provincial Park

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The park features two beautiful, sandy swim beaches on Lake Thunder.

One beach is located on the east end of the campground and one at the west end. Both beaches feature picnic tables that can be used for a shore time lunch while taking a break from swimming.

One of the best features is hiking in Aaron Provincial Park. The park features two hiking trails that offer up different scenery.

The Aspen Trail is 2 kilometers long and is a moderate level of difficulty. Winding through tall balsam and jackpine, the Aspen Trial shows remnants of the glaciers going through the area. White-tailed Deer are frequent in the area and will leave their calling cards all around the Aspen trail.

The Eastern Cedar trail is just over a kilometer long and is an easy hike. Featuring some of the larger trees in Northern Ontario, this trail will make you feel like you have gone back in time. The trees are a reminder of the strength of the forestry industry in Northern Ontario.

The park store features a wide selection of Ontario Parks items including clothing and souvenirs. Firewood purchases can be made at the park store while grocery purchases can be done in the nearby town of Dryden.

Fishing on Lake Thunder in Aaron Provincial Park

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Lake Thunder features some great fishing with multiple areas on the lake that are hot-spots. The lake features a wide array of fish but is most notable for the Walleye, Lake Trout and Northern Pike.

The Park features a boat launch that directly enters Lake Thunder. Near the boat launch is a fish cleaning station that has running water, a luxury when cleaning a great Northern Ontario catch.

Aaron Provincial Park is truly a gem of a Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. The park is nestled on the shores of historic Lake Thunder provides showcases the importance of forestry while offering great swimming on sandy beaches.

White Lake Provincial Park – Camping Near White River

White Lake Provincial Park – Camping Near White River

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

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White Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario approximately 40 kilometres west of White River and 50 kilometres east of Marathon along Highway 17. White Lake campground is located, directly across the mouth of the White River from Pic Mobert First Nation. The Provincial Park is the first campground inside of the Thunder Bay District as you are heading west.

White Lake Provincial Park – The Campground

White Lake Park has a total a 187 campsites with approximately 60 having electrical hookups. The Park is broken down into three separate campgrounds, Woodlily, Moccasin Flower and Sundew. Moccasin Flower is centrally located and has the campground’s only comfort station with flush toilets and showers. White Lake Provincial Park has one large group camp site that can accommodate up to 60 people, the group site is on the way into the park after the Gatehouse.

White Lake has a long history in the timber industry. Logs would be run down the river in the early 1900’s. The town museum in nearby White River has many pictures and artifacts of the logging industry including old axes that were found on the bottom of the White Lake. Logging is a significant industry in the town of White River and the saw mill is still running today as White River Forest Products. White River Forest Products is a collaborative effort between the town of White River and Pic Mobert First Nation.

What to do at White Lake Provincial Park?

The Park features two buoyed beach areas for swimming as well as multiple campsites that are right on the water. White Lake is a beautiful lake for swimming with clean, clear water and gets progressively deeper at both beaches. The main swimming beach has a large field just up from it that is great for playing catch or Frisbee.

There are also many smaller lakes within the park which are very serene settings for canoeing. Deer Lake, located beside the amphitheatre, provides a quiet calm lake for canoeing. The wildlife, such as beavers and birds love this lake. Clearwater Lake, which is completely spring fed, provides many of the same opportunities as Deer Lake.

The Provincial Park has a great outdoor education program complete with Amphitheatre. It is a bit of a ride from the park but many of the programs feature reminders of the logging history in the area.

Fishing at White Lake Provincial Park

White Lake has some of the best Walleye fishing in Northern Ontario. There are multiple sites on the Lake as well as up the White River that are hotbeds for Walleye.

There aren’t really any areas on the lake where fish aren’t caught but one of the best holes is Clay Bay. Clay Bay is located on the other side of White Lake, which can get choppy, but the rewards far outweigh a rough ride. Many of the Walleye pulled out of the lake are of a good size as well.

The Provincial Park has a fish cleaning hut right at the boat launch. There is plenty of parking at the boat launch for trailers so that they don’t take up too much of your site.

White Lake Provincial Park is a park between White River and Marathon that shouldn’t be missed. You can feel the history in the air.