Ontario is the most populated province in Canada and the third largest in terms of land. There are so many places to explore so we’re here to help you find the best family campgrounds in Ontario to do so!
We travelled through the province twice back when we had our first RV and so we were able to test many RV parks. This time around we also started in Ontario and we were able to test a few more RV parks that we hadn’t stayed at before.
It’s not always easy to know which campgrounds to choose apart from looking at Google reviews which sometimes are not so helpful when there are opposite reviews for the same place!
So instead of giving you a list of well rated family campgrounds in Ontario, we’ve narrowed down the best ones that we stayed at with our RV in the last few years.
This list is in geographical order, from Eastern Ontario to Western Ontario.
Open times are for the year 2023 but post will be updated if any changes occur in the future years.
We hope it will be useful to help you plan your next family RV trip in Ontario.
Best Family Campgrounds in Ontario: East of Toronto
Going camping to a family campground in Ontario is the best option when you have children. There are many campgrounds who might not have any amenities for them so we’re here to help you find the right one for your family!
1. Wesley Clover Parks Campground
Located in: Ottawa
Opening months: TBA (probably from May to October)
Date of our stay: one week in July 2021
This campground mostly offers sites with electricity and water and can easily accommodate RVs up to 45 feet. There is a dump station in the campground that is free to all campers. You’ll also be able to find a laundromat as well as shower facilities and flush toilets however we did not use those.
For children and families: there is a small playground which our daughter liked. In the summer there is also a forest and nature school located in the campground which we thought was a great bonus!
What we liked:
It is nestled among the trees and even though it is pretty close to the highway, we were not bothered by the noise.
What to do near Wesley Clover Parks Campground?
It is the closest campground to downtown Ottawa (15-20 minutes by car) so it’s the perfect place to camp if you want to travel to the capital city of Canada with your family in an RV:
- Parliament Hill
- Byward Market
- Ottawa Arboretum
- Tulip festival in May
Address: 411 Corkstown Rd, Ottawa, ON K2K 0J5
More info at: Wesley Clover Parks Campground
2. Beavermead Park
Located in: Peterborough
Opening months: 13th May to 10th October (2022, 2023 TBA)
Date of our stay: October 2022
A beautiful well rated campground located close to Peterborough centre. It is surrounded by trees and part of the Otonabee Conservation area. Right on Little lake, there is a beach for the summer months.
It was our first RV park with our new travel trailer and we really liked it.
The RV park has 77 serviced campsites with 30 or 50 amp electricity and water. No sewers on the sites but there is a dump station in the campground.
You will also find a comfort station which offers showers and washrooms. We used the latter and they were very clean. There is also a small laundry room with one washing machine and one dryer. It is not much but it was good to have the option there and we used it once. Pay by card which was handy!
For children and families: there is a playground in the park which is 5 minutes walk from the sites and as said above a beach in the summer.
What we liked:
Being among the trees when they had their fall colours, it was beautiful to see. The busy road nearby wasn’t a nuisance for us.
What to do near Beavermead Park?
- Visit the Peterborough lift lock
- Explore the lovely town of Peterborough
- Visit the many parks of Peterborough
Address: 2011 Ashburnham Dr, Peterborough, ON K9L 1P8
More info at: Beavermead Park
Best Family Campgrounds in Ontario near Toronto
There are several family campgrounds in Ontario near Toronto so we had to make a choice in terms of dates and availability. We’re happy to share with you the two we stayed at!
3. Nor Halton Park
Located in: Acton (Halton Hills)
Opening months: from 1st May to 15th October (longer for seasonal)
Date of our stay: 1 week in October 2022
This is a family owned campground, located near the Halton Hills on a huge land and close to forests.
Most sites are seasonal but there are a few overnight sites. They are fully serviced with 30 amp electricity and maximum length for the RV is 42 feet.
There are some amenities, one small washing machine and one dryer that were a bit old but we used them and they worked fine.
For children and families: two playground areas, one basketball court with a small net for young children. We were there a lot! There’s also a swimming pool but we did not test it since we stayed in October.
What we liked:
Being in such a peaceful setting with walking trails and with so much space around us.
What to do near Nor Halton Park?
- Go for a hike at Silver Creek Conservation area
- Explore Rockwood and the Rockwood conservation area
- Visit the Halton Country Radial Railway Museum
Address: 6230 25 Side Rd, Acton, ON L7J 2L7
More info at: Nor Halton park
4. Green Acre Park
Located in: Waterloo
Open: 1st March – 31st December (limited availability in fall and winter)
Date of our stay: June 2020 and October-November 2022
This the last campground we stayed at in Ontario before we travelled south to the states. We’ve stayed a total of 3 weeks this time (and 1 week the first time). It’s a very big campground. There is so much to do!
The landscaping is lovely with flower beds, ponds and open green areas for walking. It’s a clean and quiet campground. There’s also recycling bins which for us was a big bonus. There are washing machines and driers too, we used both and they are working well.
For children and families: a very big playground, swimming pool, mini golf, fun bikes, table tennis, board games, arcade area among other things!
What we liked: The landscaped layout, the calm and all the amenities for children. While being in a quiet area it was still very close to Waterloo.
What to do near Green Acre Park?
- Spend a day in Toronto.
- Check out Elora Gorge and the small town of Elora
- Visit the village of St Jacob’s
Address: 580 Beaver creek road, Waterloo, N2J3Z4
More info at: Green Acre Park
Best Family Campgrounds in Ontario north of Toronto
As mentioned above, we’ve travelled through Ontario twice. However we chose to take the alternative route on our way back (there’s only 2 options from Thunder Bay to Ottawa). So the three family campgrounds in Ontario north of Toronto reflect that. We hope you find one you like!
5. KOA Sault St Marie
Located in: Sault St Marie
Opening months: from May 12th to October 7th
Date of our stay: July 2020
This was the first KOA we stayed at with our previous travel trailer and it was during covid times.
It is located north of Sault St Marie well outside of town.
Lots of campsites are fully serviced with 50, 30 or 15 amps electricity as well as cable TV. You can also choose between back-in and pull-through.
All RV Sites have gravel pads, picnic tables and a fire pit. There are some Deluxe RV Sites which have a patio, propane BBQ and a glass-top table with chairs.
You will also find laundry facility with 4 washers and 4 driers available.
For children and families: A brand new playground for spring 2023, fun bikes, mini golf, swimming pool, horseshoes, life size checker game among other things!
What we liked: it was in the middle of trees and there was a lot of amenities.
What to do near KOA Sault St Marie?
- Go on a Soo lock tour – the largest waterway traffic system on earth!
- Discover the Hiawatha Highlands
Address: 501 Fifth Line East, Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 6J8 Canada
More info at: KOA Sault St Marie
6. Twin Lakes Camping
Located in: Moonbeam
Opening months: May 15th to September 15th
Date of our stay: July 2021
One of the biggest family campgrounds we’ve ever been to! There were lots of seasonal sites but lots of overnight sites too. They all have 30 amp electricity, water and sewage hook up.
In terms of amenities, that campground has it all! You’ll find Laundromats, comfort stations, outdoor flush toilets, change rooms, wifi access and even a chip stand.
For children and families: there are sandy beaches, a 220 foot water slide, three small water slides and three playgrounds so plenty to keep the children entertained!
What we liked: we loved having the beach in the campground, no need to take the car. Also the sites are very spacious which was a nice bonus!
What can you do near Twin Lakes?
It was a few days stop for us on our way to Ottawa but there’s a couple of things you could do:
- René Brunelle Provincial Park
- Moonbeam UFO Monument: fun thing to see!
Address: 35 ON-581, Moonbeam, ON P0L 1V0
More info at: Twin Lakes Camping
7. Fairview Park Camping & Marina
Located in: North Bay
Opening months: from May 15th to October 15th
Date of our stay: july 2021
This family campground offers a wilderness setting, but it is only 5km from the heart of downtown North Bay. They have basic sites as well as full hook-ups (15-30 amps only).
For children and families: no playground sadly but there’s a nice heated pool and you can rent kayaks and canoes and leave directly from the campground!
What we liked: we loved being able to rent a canoe from there and paddle up to Lake Nipissing. That’s the main reason why this campground is on this list!
What can you do near Fairview Park Camping?
- Visit the town of North Bay
- Check out Lake Nipissing
Address: 395 Riverbend Road, Marina Dr, North Bay, ON P1B 8Z4
More info at: Fairview Park Camping & Marina
Best family campgrounds in Ontario near Thunder Bay and beyond
Thunder Bay is the biggest city of Northwestern Ontario and there’s lots to do around. We tested two different campgrounds there so you can pick which one you like best!
8. KOA Thunder Bay
Located in: Shuniah (Thunder Bay)
Opening months: May 8th to October 14th
Date of our stay: 1 week in July 2020
This family campground is a very popular choice in Thunder Bay. It has all you could want for a fantastic family camping holiday!
Most sites are fully serviced sites with 30 amps electricity amd they also have 50 amps sites. Some sites have cable tv too. There is also laundry and propane refills.
For children and families: playground, two saltwater pools, splash pad, mini golf among other things!
What we liked: the swimming pool and the splash pad were a big hit with our daughter!
What can you do near KOA Thunder Bay?
- Visit an amethyst mine
- Check out Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
- Check out the Mount McKay Scenic Lookout
Address: 162 Spruce River Road,Shuniah, ON P7A 0N6 Canada
More info at: KOA Thunder Bay
9. Trowbridge Falls Municipal Campground
Located in: Thunder Bay
Opening months: June 1st to September 2nd
Date of our stay: July 2021
This a municipal campground and therefore owned by the city of Thunder Bay. We chose it for our second time as it was cheaper than the KOA and we wanted to try something new!
It is located in Trowbridge Falls Park. The campground has 31 sites with water and 30-amp electricity and only 5 with 50-amp electricity. If you just want electricity there’s 28 sites with 15 amp service only.
In terms of amenities, there are washrooms and showers as well as a laundry facility.
For children and families: hiking and biking trails, a playground in Kinsmen park just beside the campground as well as the river where you can swim if you wish to do so!
What we liked: We loved being totally in nature
What can you do near Trowbridge Falls Municipal Campground?
- Explore the park that surrounds the campground
- Check out the Kakabeka falls
Address: 125 Copenhagen Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 6B3
More info at: City of Thunder Bay website
10. Willows RV park and Campground
This is the last campground on our list and the furthest west. It is less than an hour from the Manitoba border and only 2h30 from Winnipeg.
Located in: Longbow Lake
Opening months: May 13th to October 9th (Canada Thanksgiving weekend)
This family campground is on a 57 acre rustic wooded setting and also has a few ponds. There is laundry where the office is as well as a small store with some grocery items.
Most sites are fully serviced with sewer, water and 30 amp electricity. There are 7 sites with 50 amps and some sites with water and electricity only.
For children and families: big playground with sand area, horseshoes, hiking and nature trails
What we liked: playground was a big hit there and we loved the setting and how peaceful it was.
What can you do near Willows RV park and campground?
- Check out the town of Kenora
- Canoeing and hiking in the nearby lakes
Address: 41 Longbow Lake Road, Longbow Lake, ON P0X 1H0, Canada
More info at: Willows RV park and campground
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