My Parks Canada Bucket List

Parks Canada is opening up their reservation system for the 2016 camping season on January 20th this year! Ready to start planning?

I usually stick to Ontario Provincial Parks, or local conservation areas, but recently I’ve been reading up on the national parks in Ontario.The variety of experiences available is quite impressive! Check out these 4 unique experiences I’m adding to my bucket list.

An oTENTik with a view!

Enjoy watching the boats go by, kayak through the islands, have fun in the midst of the action at Thousand Islands National Park. The St. Lawrence is full of life, and a shoreline or island oTENTik offers a comfortable base to explore from.

With enough beds for the family, BBQ, fire pit, solar-powered lighting and a private deck – this sounds like “glamping” at its finest!

Can’t wait to grab my kayak and head out!

Looking forward to taking this out around the Thousand Islands

More info from Parks Canada

Back-Country Camp on Flowerpot Island

I’ve always wanted to get up-close to the “flowerpots”, check out some caves and go for a swim in the oh-so-blue water at this popular destination in Fathom Five National Marine Park.

When I learned about camping on the island, all these things seemed even more appealing!

With just 6 sites on the island, it must be amazing after the final tour boat of the day, and first thing in the morning. I’m envisioning an early morning stroll along the shoreline, coffee in hand, wandering by the flowerpots, enjoying the peace.

There is a permanent fire ban here, which adds to the appeal for me. Stargazing on a nearly-deserted island, without even the glow from a fire, listening to the waves and the sounds of the night – that’s about as tranquil as it gets!

More info from Parks Canada

Enjoy a Romantic Getaway in Georgian Bay Islands National Park

A stress-free getaway, right down to the package service of firewood, water and baggage delivery!

Some lovely walk-in cabins built for two are located about 2 kms from the drop-off spot on Beausoliel Island. Christian Bay Cabins are equipped with a table and chairs, a queen bed (too bad kids – it really is just for two!), a closed-in porch, solar-powered electricity for lighting, BBQ and a gorgeous deck with beautiful water-front views .

Walk along the pebbled beach, go for a swim and maybe a hike. By evening, those red chairs will be the perfect spot to relax with a drink and wait for the sun to set over Georgian Bay.

Star-gaze from the top-bunk

The yurts at Bruce Peninsula National park have skylights! I loved my first yurt experience at Killarney Provincial Park, and this one looks like it will be just as (or more?) comfortable.


I am super-excited for when I (finally) make it to the Bruce Peninsula. Tobermory and The Grotto have been on my bucket-list for ages. I don’t know why I haven’t made it there yet, but this yurt is calling my name! After a day of exploring, this looks like the perfect, peaceful home to come back to.

These lakeside yurts are equipped with a wood stove, enough beds for five, propane BBQ, dome skylight, locking door and a lovely deck with table and chairs. I’m pretty sure this will be the first experience crossed off my bucket list!

This park has bit of a party reputation, but there are new rules in place for this year. No alcohol or campfires after 10 pm. While I’m usually up by the fire after the kids go to bed, enjoying my wine, I think I can live with this!

More info from Parks Canada

What’s on your bucket list?






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