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 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?
Not 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 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.