Esker Lakes Provincial Park – Camping near Kirkland Lake

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Esker Lakes Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario; 32 kilometers north of Kirkland Lake.

Esker Lakes campground is located in the Timiskaming District off of Highway 672 and sits on the Eastern shores of Lake Panagapka.

Esker Lakes Provincial Park – The Campground

The campground has approximately 100 sites with nearly 60 of them having electricity.

Separated into two different areas, the electrical and non-electrical have campgrounds of their own.

The campgrounds are appropriately named Sunny Point campground and Lakeside and Hilltop campground.

Esker Lakes campground features three group campsites. They are all secluded, two on Lake Lallan and one at the entrance of the park. There is plenty of room on any of these group sites to get the family together and enjoy this great park.

What to do at Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Esker Lakes is a beautiful park that features countless crystal clear lakes created by glaciers thousands of years ago. Each Lake can be canoed to and there are only short portages between them.

Lake Panagapka features two sandy swimming beaches, one right near the campsites and the other in the day use area. Many of the lakes in the Provincial Park, because they were created by glaciers, are crystal-clear. The bottom of the lakes can be seen in some areas well over 8 feet down.

Similar to many campgrounds in the North, canoeing is a great activity at Esker Lakes.

With over 15 kilometers of routes available and a launch on Panagapka, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a great day on the lakes.

There are two swimming beaches in Esker Lakes campground. They are both on Lake Panagapka.

One swimming area is right at the campground and other at the day use area.

Hiking in Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Esker Provincial Park is home to four different hiking trails

  1. Prospector’s Trail
  2. Rated easy, this Lake Panagapka hiking trail goes along the Southeast shore of the Lake. The trail is close to 1.4 kilometers long.

  3. Lonesome Bog Trail
  4. Also rated easy, the trail circles Sausage Lake. On the east end of the Lake, is a bog that can be traveled across using a bridge. The trail is close to 1.5 kilometers long.

  5. Recreation Trail
  6. Rated easy, this is a great trail for a quick walk or run through the campground. The trail is also close to 1.5 kilometers long.

  7. Trapper’s Trail
  8. Rated difficult, Trapper’s Trail has three different loops ranging between 9, 14, and 20 kilometers. Beginning on the northern end of Panagapka, the trail continues north to Thrasher Lake and is well marked. Along the trail is an older Trapper’s cabin that was inhabited by an Ojibway woman who was there until 1970.

A Final Esker Lakes Provincial Park review

This is a family friendly campground near Kirkland Lake.

The rich history of fur trading as well as Lake Panagapka make this a nature’s paradise.

With many interior lakes formed by glaciers, thousands of years ago, this park has animals crawling all over it.

Any day is great for camping here, but you especially do not want to miss the Blueberry festival in August.

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is located on the shores of Lake Superior in Northern Ontario.

The Park is located five minutes east of Rossport and 12 minutes west of Schreiber.

With some of the most beautiful shoreline along Lake Superior, Rainbow Falls is a must see for everyone.

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Rainbow Falls Provincial Park Campground

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The campground is broken into two different areas. With over 125 campsites combined, there is a camping area for everyone.

The Rossport campground, is located on the rocky shores of Lake Superior. With 36 sites total, 23 having electricity, this is a breathtaking area. Sites are very open in the Rossport campground but offer a memory that not many Northern Ontario Provincial Parks can match.

The Whitesand Lake campground is located on the north side of Highway 17. With nearly 100 sites while roughly of them feature electricity, this campground offers a great family atmosphere. The campground is broken up into four different loops; Selim, Maggie, Whitesand, and Lakeside.

Both Maggie and Selim offer electrical sites while Whitesand and Lakeside do not.

What to do at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

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Hiking at Rainbow Falls offers some of the most difficult terrain of any Provincial Park. The rocky shores of Superior provide difficulties for even the most experienced hikers.

The Trans-Canada Trail runs through the Park. The Casque-Isles section is 52 kilometres long and runs through the towns of Terrace Bay, Schrieber, and Rossport.

While offering unbelievable views, this trail is not to be taken lightly.

Always let someone know when you are hiking the Trans-Canada trail.

Hiking Trails in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park
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  1. Back Forty Trail
    This five and a half kilometre trail travels to a vast outlook over Lake Superior. While rated difficult due to its continued climb, the view at the end is well worth it
  2. Lake Superior and Whitesand Lake
    Just under five kilometres, even though this trail is rated the easiest of the 4, it is anything but. Rated moderately difficult, just like the Back Forty Trail, this trail offers some stunning views of the Lake they call Gitche Gumee.
  3. Rainbow Falls Trail
    The shortest of the three trails around three kilometres long, this trail offers it all. From descending down the falls to a bridge overlooking the water, to ascending to a great lookout of Superior. This trail has one memorable view after another.

Swimming at Rainbow Falls

The tale of two parks.

Whitesand Lake offers two sandy beaches that are great for the family. Whether you are playing Frisbee or swimming in the buoyed area, this is a perfect little getaway.

Rossport offers the frigid waters of Lake Superior. As your body penetrates the surface, the lake surrounds you, removing all stress through Lake Superior Therapy.

Both swimming areas are a must try while you are camping at Rainbow Falls.

Lake Superior has breathtaking views all around but few Provincial Parks compare to Rainbow Falls. From the lookouts, to the waterfalls, to the sandy beaches, this campground has something for everyone.

Fairbank Provincial Park – Camping near Sudbury

Fairbank Provincial Park – Camping near Sudbury

Northern Ontario Provincial Parks


Fairbank Provincial Park is located 45 kilometers west of Sudbury and 75 kilometers east of Espanola in Northern Ontario. Fairbank Lake is one of the clearest, spring-fed lakes in Northern Ontario.

Right the edge of the Sudbury Basin, the provincial park owes much of its unique features to the history of the area. The Sudbury Basin was formed nearly 1.8 billion years ago by a meteor crash.

Fairbank Provincial Park – The Campground

20 kilometers off of Highway 17, Fairbank campground boasts over 150 campsites with over 40 campsites having electrical hookups.

The Park consists of one large campground but is broken up nicely throughout the trees. The tall maple trees provide plenty of shade and large campsites in a variety of settings.

fairbank-provincial-park-comfort-stationFairbank Park has a large comfort station with flush toilets. Just outside of the comfort station is a large field that is perfect to play Frisbee or run with a dog.

Many of the campsites are right on the water and each with their own little beach. These are perfect sites for families as the kids can enjoy the sand while the parents watch.

The group camping site is very large and can easily hold 7 or 8 trailers, perfect for a large family gathering at the campground.

What to do at Fairbank Provincial Park?

fairbank-provincial-park-ducks-beachNot only do many of the campsites at Fairbank have their own private beaches, the public beach is great as well. The public beach is the perfect size so that all may enjoy in the campground.

There is a large grassy area just up from the Fairbank beach for people to have picnics or catch some sun. The water gradually gets deeper and is buoyed off for safety. Fairbank is a great area for swimming near Sudbury.

The lake is home to a number of private camps and it is normal to see many boats travelling on the Lake. Various fishermen also take in the lake with the island near the swimming beach being a hotspot for fishing.

Fairbank Provincial Park has a boat launch on its premises that provides fishermen and boating enthusiasts an opportunity to go out on the Lake.

Bass are most often found in Fairbank Lake but a variety of other fish can be caught too.

The campground doesn’t offer a Natural Heritage Education staff but has other programs that everyone can take part in. Science North, the largest Science Centre in Northern Ontario, provides some activities for children at the campground.

The July 1st long weekend is a show in itself. The local private camps all decorate and board their pontoon boats for a parade of the lake while Canadian pride is on full display.

There is one hiking trail in the park. The Wa-Shai-Gai-Mog (Ojibway for “clear water”) provides 10 unique stops that showcase different aspects of the Park. From drill holes for diamonds to seeing Sudbury’s iconic superstack in the distance.

We suggest grabbing a pamphlet from the gatehouse; although the spots have markings without the info you may have a hard time knowing what you are looking at.

A Great Campground near Sudbury for the Family

fairbank-provincial-park-family-play-structureFairbank Provincial Park is a very family friendly campground. There is a great play structure down at the beach as well as a volleyball net to enjoy.

There are canoe rentals as well as a great family beach. The beaches on the individual campsites though will have the children wanting to come back often.

There own little beach paradise where they can build their own sand castles without fear of being knocked down. Except, maybe, by their siblings.

Fairbank campground is a great family campground that is set far away from the highway in a serene area of Northern Ontario.

Fairbank Lake is crystal clear and relatively quiet despite private camps on the Lake.

The growth of the forest provides unique tree growth and plenty of little animals around the campsite.

Northern Ontario is at its finest in this campground and is a great campground near Sudbury with a public Sudbury beach.