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Balsam Lake Provincial Park

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Lovely place

We visited the park on thanksgiving weekend! Colours were about 40-50% changed. We took the lookout... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2018
Toronto, Canada
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Great site apart from washrooms

Balsam Lake was a lot bigger and a lot more lush and green than I expected. The hiking trails were... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
Roya D
Toronto, Canada
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“provincial park”(17 reviews)
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2238 Highway 48, Kirkfield, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K0M 2B0, Canada
+1 705-454-3324
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All reviews balsam lake provincial park lookout trail nice beach boat launch on site only complaint long weekend thanksgiving weekend good size great camping vault toilets great for kids next year picnic tables water hammocks dog beach
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

We have been visiting BLPP for several decades. That alone is testament to this park. Staff is very friendly, courteous and reliable if you have any problems arise during your stay. They all put forth their best. Cleaning staff, Wardens and maintenance do great jobs...More

Thank Daveese
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

We visited the park on thanksgiving weekend! Colours were about 40-50% changed. We took the lookout trail and it was quite interesting. The flora kind of changed with every turn. There were wetlands, pine/coniferous trees, shrubs that appeared like a giant garden along with rows...More

Thank travelmadCA
Reviewed September 11, 2018

Balsam Lake was a lot bigger and a lot more lush and green than I expected. The hiking trails were plentiful and a lot of fun. The beach was crowded as others have mentioned but there was always room, rentals of kayaks and whatnot are...More

1  Thank Roya D
Reviewed September 5, 2018

If you are not interested in car camping but also not up for a trek into the wild this is Park is perfect. The walk-in sites are so private and peaceful. This park is very clean. Lots of trails, trees & a beautiful lake. Of...More

Thank infreqttrvls
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited for two nights over the labour day long weekend and had a lovely time. We found the sites to be very spacious and private (Hawthorn section) and the washrooms to be well maintained and clean. Saw the staff patrolling lots which was good...More

Thank jeremyr137
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Once a year we camp here and every year we enjoy the park. There is a park store just outside the provincial park and the staff there are friendly. Sometimes the park is noisy depending on the age of some of the others camping around...More

Thank Anspray
Reviewed August 24, 2018

We stayed at site 632 at Maples (electricity and radio-free, far from the water). Site was nice with lots of shade and fair degree of privacy, although the floor is too sandy / muddy for our liking. Lake is beautiful with smooth sandy beach and...More

Thank E-Taimz
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Great time. Washrooms need a little updating and cleaning. Staff were attentive and very visable. Does were clean. Will be booking for next year.

Thank Jeffrey S
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Chose this site as it was pull through and electric. It's a small site, but I had my 10' pop-up and large picnic tent, and was able to park, with lots of room. Site is 0% private, but that was not an issue. Close to...More

Thank BylowTraveller
Reviewed August 8, 2018

We camped at site 638, it was a lovely site but a hike from the vault toilets. No bugs, and the beach was very pretty and water very warm. It got terribly crowded in the afternoon so I recommend getting your beach time in from...More

Thank Jenna C
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August 22, 2018|
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Response from Karen B | Reviewed this property |
I'd say it is more along the lines of hard packed sand. We went in there with water shoes. My son played on the shore for hours...
July 12, 2018|
Response from Frank B | Reviewed this property |
Swimming is free!