Awenda Provincial Park
Awenda Provincial Park
4.5
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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Dante M
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
DO NOT even consider going to this park during the summer if you want to sleep or relax. The "Wardens" do nothing to confront excessive noise. There are families who do nothing to keep their kids quiet, screaming, yelling, whining all hours of the night and day. I stayed at their "Snake" area which prohibits dogs, radios and generators. They may as well allow it because the kids running around are louder than all three combined. For the sake of your mental health avoid at all costs.
Written August 22, 2023
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Duane H
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Awenda provincial park and camp sites are large. Unfortunately, the park has a lot of variations of poison ivy which was confirmed by park staff. I recently stayed on two Snake camp sites and do not recommend young children or pets stay there. There are 4 sandy/rocky beaches up to 2km walk from the beach parking lot. Walking to the beach from a campsite is far and not practical. Water for swimming is very clear, but cool.
Written August 2, 2023
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happycamper
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We had an amazing time at this park. It was scenic, and peaceful the entire time we were there. The minute you enter the park you’re driving under this beautiful forest canopy and its just so lovely. With that said, It takes a couple minutes of driving to get to the front gate to register. This park in general requires a lot of driving. Apart from Algonquin, I believe this is the most driving we’ve done within a park.

Campground: We stayed at Bear campground. We really liked it! The campsites were so far apart from each other and we felt like we had tons of privacy. The forest within the campsite was dense, the trees were tall and we were heavily shaded by the forest canopy. We took a walk around the campground to scope out other sites and we didn’t really find any that were terrible. All the sites are fairly large and private. Now, because the campground is so heavily shaded I would think to avoid any plain dirt terrain sites, just because it won’t dry out quick enough after the rain and we did notice some muddy sites. Try your best to get a gravel terrain site. We really enjoyed site 141. We were right by the water tap, as well as the comfort station, so it was convenient for us.

Amenities: The comfort station was rather small, and for most of our stay it was unkept. That was the only real downer about our stay. There was only one comfort station with flush toilets and showers within the Bear campground and the bathroom only had 4 stalls. I also heard that the showers would regularly run out of hot water. There are also outhouses scattered throughout the campground. The park store was a bit of a drive away but they usually are. It was a small store that sold mostly souvenirs and
Ice cream. However, I was pretty impressed at the amount of emergency supplies they carried. They had rope, bug repellent, tent pegs, tent poles and other emergency camping supplies. All the things I like to see at a park store. The park also had an activities centre that we didn’t get the time to visit.

Lake: The park has two accessible lakes, one of them being on the shoreline of Georgian Bay and the other being Kettle lake, a smaller more northern feel. This lake has a great sandy shore, a separate area that operates as a designated dog beach which is just as nice as the main beach, and if you hike along the shore I believe there is another beach area. This is a big lake, plenty of rocks and waves but the shore is very beautiful. Because Georgian Bay is such a big lake, the water was very cold. Additionally this lake is very shallow going out. We enjoyed just wading in the water knee deep and we were able to get out pretty far. Definitely wear water shoes in this lake it is very rocky, also very wavy so this isn’t a lake to canoe. Kettle lake was my favourite lake, its quiet and very scenic, gives off that untouched northern feel. The view of this lake hasn’t been tainted by cottages or boat marinas. The water is very flat and calm, much warmer than the water on Georgian Bay. This lake is perfect for paddling and canoeing, and includes a fishing dock by the shore.

I am definitely coming back to this park. We had a great time and the park gives off this calming rustic feel. The staff were very kind and helpful, the sites were nice and private. There are places to have a picnic, there are places to go fishing, and there are great trails for hiking. It’s a wonderful campground.
Written June 20, 2023
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jimmySarnia
Arkona, Canada87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Went the first week of June and the weekends were somewhat busy but stayed the week in Snake campground and it was very quiet and relaxing. Beaches are great. Trails are very nicely maintained. Overall an enjoyable camping excursion with nice large quite private campsites. Would definitely camp there again.
Written June 13, 2023
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Jennifer C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Beautiful park! Good size sites. Beaches were really nice. Beach one was rocky going in so water shoes recommended. Lots of large boulders underwater for the kids to climb and jump off. All the staff we encountered were super friendly and helpful.
Written September 5, 2022
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Jeff J
Barrie, Canada712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A Gem just north east of Barrie on the edge of Muskoka.

Great camping experience from the check in at the 'ranger station' (with campground store there for extra supplies if needed) to the campsite which was always clean and ready to use with a fire [pit]; usually two picnic tables and parking for two typically.

Water always nearby (delicious spring water, millions of years old); clean showers and even laundry facilities, children's park and original natural Tall Trees to shade you in to the forest.

Very weak Cell service signal (one bar in Hawk campground at best but thats' okay).

PRO staff

Beautiful beach and also there's Kettle's Lake scenic area.

So nice
truly a GEM
Written July 1, 2022
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CdnGoldy
Kitchener, Canada937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Awenda is one of the best provincial parks for private campsites (see my photos). Our campsite, Wolf campground site 259, was a large campsite with lots of privacy, just across from a water supply spout, and very close to the comfort station (bathrooms and showers), as well as playground.

This park also has beautiful beaches on Georgian Bay and great hiking trails. It is close to great attractions like the Wye Marsh and Sainte Marie Among the Hurons.

It is also closely located to both towns of Penetanguishene (locally referred to as Penetang) and Midland. Both are beautiful, quaint, and have restaurants, stores, and picturesque waterfronts with parks.
Written June 15, 2022
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Chaitanya
Cambridge, Canada1,243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Came here for a weekend for camping.
Camp sites (#95) are very good and well maintained. Had one next to the comfort station that made life easy - and the facilities were maintained very well.

We took multiple trails through the weekend and relaxed at the beaches - had a fun experience and would happily do it again.

Trails - need bugspray for all trails
Bluff trail - 11km and 2 hrs (+30mins detour) - trail nice and wide - good trail to find twigs - pics of fallen/dead trees.
Took a detour midway for 30 mins to Wendat trail to go to lookout - was ok - good for boaters

Robitaille Homestead trail - 3km and 1 hr - trail is nice, gets humid - farm ruins on trail and dunes at the end are very good

Beach Trail - 1km and 15mins - provides access to all the beaches - Beach 1 is crowded, 2 is ok, 3 is smaller but was crowded, 4 was our favourite - more relaxed spots and less crowded. Beaches are nice and well maintained and water is beautiful.

Beaver pont trail - 1km and 15min - it is a cute walk in the woods and does give a few good pics.

Nipissing trail - 1km and 15 mins - the lookout has no scenic view, but can take photo of steps as it is very green in the area

Wendat trail - 5km and 1.5 hrs - is a walk around kettle lake. one side is wide and a nice walk, other side is a bit narrow and becomes humid. Sat at brabant point - which is a nice spot to just sit and relax.

Wendat trail and beaches were probably the best things to do.
Worth going as long as your looking to just relax and maybe boat/wade in the water.
Written November 28, 2021
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Philly413
Newmarket, Canada1,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Beautiful place for a fall hike. The trails are well marked and all start from a central parking lot because the camping areas are closed for the fall. The are maps, washrooms, picnic shelters and warm up buildings. The trails are beautiful and there were still lots of leaves on the trees for so late in the season. There is a nice long dog beach for those coming with their puppers. We went mid week and it was not crowded at all. We did see people riding their bikes, canoeing on kettles lake and just enjoying the day. We can’t wait to come back in the winter for snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
Written November 9, 2021
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4givN
Peterborough, Canada357 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was our first visit to Awenda. The walking trails were easy to get to from the parking areas, and there was not a single mosquito on them in July, which was surprising.

The scenery was beutiful, and we weren't disppointed with the birding. We saw Tanagers, Grosbeaks, White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Broadwinged Hawk, Pewees, etc..

The trails were very steep in spots, with tree roots and rocks to make things a bit more tricky. There was a discrepancy between the trail map and the signs for the walking distance. Even on the same map the Kettle Lake trail said 4 kms, AND 5 kms, in different spots.! Also, they really could use more signage through the park and around the trails. We couldn't get to the beach trails, because there was a Do Not Enter sign that suddenly popped up after we arrived, and according to the map it was the only way to get to those trails. We ended up leaving and decided it wasn't worth coming back.the next day.
Written October 6, 2021
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