Fairbank Provincial Park
Fairbank Provincial Park
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Park Road, Sudbury, Ontario P0M 3H0 Canada
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Cheryl H
Newaygo, MI4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Wonderful swimming beach and lake. Nice staff. CAUTION!!! Even though the campsite is large enough for your camper,THE ROADS ARE VERY NARROW with big rocks and close trees, especially in the non-electrical areas.. These conditions enhance the beauty of the park but significantely affect the ability to get into a campsite without damage to your equipment or the natural obsticles.
Written June 28, 2023
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Catherine B
Sudbury, Canada39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Enjoyed camping in this small quaint provincial park. 45 minutes from home, shared good quality time with hubby, son, daughter-in-law and grandsons for a couple of nights. Great beach, clean comfort stations. Fun time.
Written January 11, 2023
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Nik
Ajax, Canada21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Great place to camp out north of Ontario. Great staff and clean place. The toilets needs some work but better than others out there. Plenty of birds around .Be prepared with bug spray coz it can get crazy during evening time. Quiet lake around and can swim. Network coverage is bad hence perfect for camping.
Canoe rentals are available at the park office.
Not so great hiking place. We went to Chutes Park for hikes.
Written July 4, 2022
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Sabrina N
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We try to get a seasonal lot every year at Fairbank. We love the park. I honestly like that there is very little to no service. I go to camp to escape not to be staring at my phone. I wish the province would sink some money into the park. It really could use a new comfort station and road ways in the park. Either repave or pull up all the pavement. Would make those roads smoother. Wardens could be a bit more strict with the rules. Make sure people aren't being loud and obnoxious and a big thing enforce the rule for dogs to be tied. All in all I really do love this park. It's quite ( mostly), close enough to town that if you really need something you can go but far enough to make you really consider if you really need it, small enough to walk the whole park, the beach is far enough away that you can't hear all the noise from kids playing in the water but close enough to walk too, a beautiful hiking trail and the staff has always been friendly. It would be nice if they would reopen that back loop and add another comfort station there. With how full the park has been and how many people can't get a spot I'm sure it would be more revenue.
Written May 3, 2022
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Steve
Stoney Creek, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Our 4 night stay at Fairbank Provincial Park was disappointing. This park has the potential to be a 4-5 rated park. But the Province will need to inject a huge amount of money to bring it up to these lofty ratings. First and foremost all the bathroom facilities need either major repairs or replacing (comfort station has no working mens toilets). The campground roads are horrible and need major repairs. The campsites need the fire pits cleaned and the raised for fire safety reasons. The Rangers were young and seemed intimidated by the noisy teenagers. The road in, past the mining facility, looked terrible but was really not bad.
The only real plus were the beaches, which were clean and maintained.
We will not be returning to Fairbank PP.
Written August 27, 2021
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KanataSteve
Ottawa, Canada1,320 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My partner and I had reserved a campsite at Fairbank for four nights. Having stayed at Fairbank many years ago we thought this would be a great place to camp, somewhat close to Sudbury. We were well aware that the COVID-19 pandemic had caused the closing of the showers and we were willing to go without for the four nights, just swimming in the lake.

After setting up our camping equipment we decided to head to the nearest washroom facilities to our campsite. Of the four "cubicles", three were padlocked and broken. The fourth had a broken flush button and "water" all over the floor. OK, let's find different facilities. We went to the next closest washroom facilities, double the distance from our campsite. Of the four outhouse doors only two were accessible. The other two were permanently closed and the concrete vault had obviously lifted making the outhouses unusable.

So we head to the "Comfort Station". On the male side two of the four stalls have signs indicating they are PERMANENTLY closed and a third stall has an "Out of Order" sign on it indicating plumbing issues. Only one of four stalls is working in addition to the two urinals. Completely unacceptable to either of us!

In addition to all the broken toilet facilities cleanliness was VERY lacking. We are in the middle of a pandemic and sanitization should be at the forefront for any establishment but obviously Ontario Parks doesn't see it this way.

We decided to cut our stay short and headed to the Park Office to shorten our stay. The pleasant young lady at the office agrees to refund us the two nights we will not be staying and explains that due to budget considerations the plumbing issues are unlikely to be fixed soon. The entire system needs to be replaced and their "group" budget won't allow for it. Hmmmm....why not shut down the park if you can't provide proper toilet facilities is what goes through my mind. Aren't sanitary facilities something that should be provided.

During our two-day stay we didn't once see any park employee near our campsite, no patrols, nothing! Our fireplace was quarter full of old ash and hadn't been cleaned in a long time (this used to happen very regularly in Ontario Parks). The broken toilets were not addressed at all (no surprise considering what we had been told).

As others have mentioned the road into the park is simply atrocious and in very poor repair once you pass the mine site on the way in. Obviously the city maintains the road for the mining company but not past their property from the look of it (City of Sudbury road apparently). On our way back out however they were grading a section of road so perhaps the road will be better in the future. It looked like they had applied gravel over top of the really badly potholed asphalt but I'm not sure if that is the case.

Anyway, if Ontario Parks could get their act together and fix the washroom facilities and actually do regular required maintenance on the campsites (fireplaces) this could once again be a good park to visit. The road going in I guess is up to the City of Sudbury.

We won't be back to Fairbank soon, if ever.
Written July 27, 2020
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Arthur K
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Great place. We stayed 5 days in our camper. What a peaceful spot for our kayaks and hammocks. Long road in, a few potholes but they are working on repairs. Worth the bumps but don't plan on driving around but you won't have to. Staff were friendly and working all the time keeping everything very clean. Highly recommend.
Written July 27, 2019
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Pamela H
Saint Thomas, Canada108 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We camped on site 109 for 2 nights in July 2019.
We booked this park because it was supposed to be near Sudbury (56.1 kilometers away), but after the nightmare drive (about 25 kilometers) on the Fairbanks Regional Road, we decided to just stay put.
I am afraid I agree with the review that described the roads as horrible and poorly signed.
The washrooms and showers were filthy. They were never cleaned the 3 days we were there. The floors are disgusting and the showers covered in hair.
Our site was on the corner near the comfort station.
The sites in our area were cramped. The neighbours picnic table was less than 2 meters from our bedroom window, so we heard them visiting til late in the night.
As stated in other reviews the park staff seemed to drive endlessly through the park, 2 or 3 people in big pick ups and do nothing.
There is a nice beach.
There is no wifi and we couldn't get data.
There is potable water near the sites.
The park roads are in disrepair.
Site 109 is a tight exit if you have a fair size trailer.
Written July 16, 2019
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Mariah T
Sudbury, Canada2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
The road into Fairbank Provincial Park is apparently 'maintained" by the City of Greater Sudbury. The first portion (up to the Tennen Mine) is good, but after that it is nothing but bumps, potholes and washboard. There wasn't a thing left in my trailer cupboards.
The signage to this park is non-existent. The signage within the park is no better. The bathrooms were filthy and in dire need of repair. We watched 2 white Park trucks (one carrying 4 young men, the other with 2) drive past our lot more than 20 times....music playing loudly and no indication that work was being done. There are no water hook ups and unless you know ahead of time to fill-up at entrance, you have to backtrack to get water. Dogs barked incessently during the day without repercussion from staff. The ONLY bright side were the two young women who checked us in.
Save your time, vehicle and money....go somewhere else.
Written July 15, 2019
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Barrocker j
Toronto, Canada109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Beautiful part of the world. Park is well maintained and clean. Easy access from Hwy 17. Privacy if you want or join in on the park activities
Written February 23, 2019
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