Bass Lake Provincial Park
Bass Lake Provincial Park
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4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2023
We had a great time spending a couple nights at Bass Lake. We enjoyed exploring downtown Orillia as well as the neighboring provincial parks, Mara and McRae Point. I will say just driving though it seems as though Bass lake is the better of the three. Campground: Campgrounds were average offering mid to low privacy. This didn't really bother us as we just parked our car horizontally against our campsite to keep our nosey neighbors across the street from peering in. The sites are pretty large, and are mostly of a dirt/sand terrain (much better than grass in my opinion). It looked as though each campground had about one picnic table and the firepits were located in rather reasonable areas within the sites. Amenities: Bass lake has one park store that we didn't need to actually use during our stay. But it looks like the average park store, with ice cream, souvenirs, maybe some emergency camp supplies. Most park stores typically carry things like bug spray, tent pegs, mosquito coils, rain ponchos etc. Bass lake has canoe rentals by the park store which I was very happy to see. The washrooms and showers were very average, resembled your typical provincial park washrooms and showers Because the campground is less than 10 mins away from Orillia we actually enjoyed spending time in the town. We used the public library to finish up some of our personal work, we treated ourselves to donuts at Mariposa Market, did some exploring by lake Couchiching and of course did some window shopping in the little downtown. Lake: The beach area is quite small, Bass lake is not a very large lake. Not to mention how the beach is not a walkable distance from most of the campsites. I wasn't too fond of the private cottages scattered all throughout the perimeter of the lake which took away some of the scenery for me personally. There are private cottages less than a 3 minute swim away from the side of the beach. However, the lake was warm, had a nice sandy shore, and it was fun to swim and paddle. Definitely not our typical camping routine, however we really enjoyed our stay. Being so close to town is usually not a bonus for most people but I think it's one of my favorite aspects of Bass Lake. The campground itself is nice but pretty average so having places to explore nearby made the trip more exciting.

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Tammy B
Caesarea25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Overall a nice area. Some campsites have extremely protruding tree roots. Dangerous for those who have a drink around the fire, or kids playing.
The beach is very small, too far from the boat launch and no docks in between where you can let the boat sit. I would not return
Written August 21, 2023
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happycamper
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We had a great time spending a couple nights at Bass Lake. We enjoyed exploring downtown Orillia as well as the neighboring provincial parks, Mara and McRae Point. I will say just driving though it seems as though Bass lake is the better of the three.

Campground: Campgrounds were average offering mid to low privacy. This didn't really bother us as we just parked our car horizontally against our campsite to keep our nosey neighbors across the street from peering in. The sites are pretty large, and are mostly of a dirt/sand terrain (much better than grass in my opinion). It looked as though each campground had about one picnic table and the firepits were located in rather reasonable areas within the sites.

Amenities: Bass lake has one park store that we didn't need to actually use during our stay. But it looks like the average park store, with ice cream, souvenirs, maybe some emergency camp supplies. Most park stores typically carry things like bug spray, tent pegs, mosquito coils, rain ponchos etc. Bass lake has canoe rentals by the park store which I was very happy to see. The washrooms and showers were very average, resembled your typical provincial park washrooms and showers

Because the campground is less than 10 mins away from Orillia we actually enjoyed spending time in the town. We used the public library to finish up some of our personal work, we treated ourselves to donuts at Mariposa Market, did some exploring by lake Couchiching and of course did some window shopping in the little downtown.

Lake: The beach area is quite small, Bass lake is not a very large lake. Not to mention how the beach is not a walkable distance from most of the campsites. I wasn't too fond of the private cottages scattered all throughout the perimeter of the lake which took away some of the scenery for me personally. There are private cottages less than a 3 minute swim away from the side of the beach. However, the lake was warm, had a nice sandy shore, and it was fun to swim and paddle.

Definitely not our typical camping routine, however we really enjoyed our stay. Being so close to town is usually not a bonus for most people but I think it's one of my favorite aspects of Bass Lake. The campground itself is nice but pretty average so having places to explore nearby made the trip more exciting.
Written July 22, 2023
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Kevin D
Toronto, Canada160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The trails are small and not very well marked. Staff could be more friendlier and make sure to explain the direction with a copy of map when guest arrive.
Written June 27, 2023
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Bob B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I like Bass Lake . Everyone else should stay far away from Bass lake. The waters can cause you to sink fast . Again everyone but me should stay away . No excuse for going to Bass Lake . Many other lakes for woke and hippies and others to enjoy . Just not Bass Lake
Written June 6, 2023
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sarahnaid
Listowel, Canada415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
I have given this a 4 star review but it really deserves a 4.5. From the moment we pulled it up with our pass and staff came to greet up, we were pleased with our experience here. It wasn’t the day we had anticipated as the wind made for choppy water that we didn’t want to swim in or boat on, yet still we had enough to do. The staff at the store pointed us to the trail, which was perfect for us. We stopped along the way to enjoy our picnic. My reason for not giving it five stars was slightly confusing signage for leaving the park and on the hiking trail. I would come back again and recommend it to others,
Written July 12, 2022
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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed Bass Lake we had a decently private electrical site with a sun shade mix, we noticed a lot of sites are so open or small not for us. We were beside a road which didnt turn out to be a problem in a year people cant go anywhere. It did drown out our noisy neighbours on occasion.

One issue was the missing water tap there is a sign and no tap, when you base your choice partially on proximity to water it can be an issue on a longer stay.

Walked the trails which were lovely all the way round, sat at Bass Lake at a shady picnic table and had a picnic. Not too buggy in August.

Waterfill/dump station are the same line up so long lines as it would include people arriving and people departing. Dont go around 2. Most provincial parks have them seperate to avoid congestion.

Had a great stay, would I go back? Probably not as there are many places to see and while enjoyable this would not be my preferred park.
Written August 14, 2020
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b0b55russell
Orillia, Canada1,184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I was here on Canada Day dated July 1st/20. I phoned ahead to make sure it was open since admission was free for the day. It is a 5 minute drive from our new house and got there 20 minutes after it opened up. Park Ranger was placing a limit on the people in the park for the day. I drove around for several minutes to check things out. When I left there was a line up to get into the park. Have camped here several times and it is a nice place to stay. Easy drive to Orillia. Ontario to get food and camp supplies.
Written July 21, 2020
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Rock D
Montreal36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We had a great experience at Bass Lake. We had gone for Group Camping during end of Jul'2019. Park is very good especially Group Camping sites 1 and 2 are very good, they are very spacious and leveled. Park employees were also very polite and helpful. Bass lake has nice beach area, bit small but very good. We were not able to do boating due to tunderstorm warning at the time we were there. Walmart and other stores are also nearby withing 5km raidus. Trail walks are not that big but reasonably good. We didnt face any major issue with Mosquitoes or bees. Toilets were cleaned every morning. Its a must go if you are camper and want to enjoy.
Written August 29, 2019
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RBez
Niagara Falls, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Stayed 6 nights and was thoroughly impressed at the cleanliness of the park. Every site has 2 picnic tables which makes outdoor dining much easier for families and well shaded lots make for a great camping experience. Staff was very polite and accommodating, facilities were clean and tidy. Launching a boat was easy also. Highly recommend to people that enjoy hiking, fishing and relaxation.
Written August 16, 2019
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Susan C
Waterloo, Canada6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Our site #7 was shady and large with sand/gravel base. Pretty flat. The beach was decent with grass surround for the dogs. There are some small fish in teh lake.
Written August 14, 2019
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