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Southeast tip of Grand Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario Canada
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#7 of 16 Speciality lodging in Algonquin Provincial Park
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Southeast tip of Grand Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario Canada
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JenniferRose wrote a review Oct. 2020
Ajax, Canada78 contributions22 helpful votes
Although it is much further of a drive compared to campsites on highway 60 (an additional 3 hours), Achray is my favourite campground! We camped at Algonquin two weeks in a row and experienced a huge difference! There is less foot traffic at Achray, the whole campground is radio-free, and there’s no signal - just how I like camping to be! The outhouses and flush toilets were the cleanest I’ve ever seen in a campground (probably bc of how fewer people were using them - because of less people in general and many people who were there used an RV to camp during our stay). The Park Store didn’t seem to be open much, which was kind of the only downfall, but I’m thinking that’s due to either COVID or off-season. It wasn’t open the day we arrived (we arrived at 4pm) and it was only open for two hours during our full day there (2-4pm). This kind of sucked because we couldn’t buy firewood the first night. On a brighter note, you are close to Barron Canyon Trail, Jack Pine’s Trail & High Falls. We took a sunrise hike to Barron Canyon - and LOVED it! We’ll be back every year in the fall 🍂
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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chrisk_YYZ wrote a review Sep. 2019
Toronto, Canada117 contributions182 helpful votes
I really get a laugh reading the negative reviews of this park - these are the exact reasons I would rate this highly. Chief among them the active park management that ensures it remains a quiet spot in the wilderness, and the fact I don't have cell phone reception here. This reminds me of camping in the 70s and 80s when I was a kid - a place where people went to enjoy nature, not a spot for beer-fuelled late-night partying. This is a remote, rustic car camping campground, there are no frills here. And by frills I mean electricity, showers, serviced sites, and shopping. This is exactly why I don't mind one bit driving for six hours to get here, 45 minutes of that trip being down a rough dirt road. That said, the vistas are beautiful, there are gorgeous sunsets, the lake has nice sand beaches for swimming or lounging, and there are other options for exploring from here - on foot via the numerous hiking trails, or paddling around this or the other connected lakes (make the effort to get to the natural waterslide!). The park does offer canoe rentals if you didn't bring your own. I appreciate the fact there are flush toilets and running water in the toilets. The camp store sells ice, firewood, and has a number of small essentials if you need them, though you definitely need to plan ahead to stay here, since the nearest store is in Pembroke. The park rangers take their roles seriously and they are active around the park, but never intrusive. I really appreciate that they make you sign the rules when you check-in - this is for responsible campers only. My only minor gripe is that Ontario Parks' antiquated reservation system doesn't give you very accurate information on site details (e.g. privacy, "quality" whatever that means) and the photos can be misleading. That said, it's hard to find a dud among the campsites here - there are only 45 and about 2/3 of them are hugging the lake. If you're trying to find a place to get rowdy with your buddies, this is not it. Save your energy and go somewhere else rather than complaining about it on here later on.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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SUMSKILLZ wrote a review Aug. 2019
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We have been criss crossing Ontario every summer for twelve years now, visiting more than a dozen parks with vehicle camping. Achray is definitely top three for us. Its peaceful, the opposite of many parks that are over used in July/August. Facilities are clean. Lots of hiking or canoeing routes nearby. Its awesome. Something to keep in mind, if coming from the Toronto area, the drive is likely approximately seven or more hours not the three to four for other campgrounds in Algonquin park. Make sure your tires have good tread and are properly inflated, you have to traverse 50km of dirt road to reach the campground. I saw some reviews mentioning bugs, it was not an issue for us. Nothing like the madness of Bon Echo or Killarney where you definitely need a bug tent to eat outside. Great park with a great railroad history.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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nic0lerussell wrote a review Jun. 2019
Waterloo, Canada5 contributions3 helpful votes
This trip was life changing. Yes the bugs were a little crazy, but aren’t they everywhere in Ontario? If you’re looking for a get away to somewhere quiet, this place is perfect. The first day we arrived we went for a 16 km hike to the high falls. It was amazing!!! The hike was very advanced and wouldn’t recommend for children but there is also a driveable short cut that can take you there also. The second day we stayed mostly on the beach and did a little fishing off the dock. Very quiet and romantic. The stars are to die for and the wild life is nothing like you’ve seen before; moose, deer, bears, birds. Everything we saw was from afar. No animals came near our campsite. If you are debating a stay at this campsite, just do it. You won’t regret!!!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Z I wrote a review Jan. 2019
Lac-Brome, Canada103 contributions16 helpful votes
Booked there for a few nights. not a very pleasant campground, very unfriendly stuff. no internet connection. don't recommend this place, really may be great for fishing. very small spots for trailers.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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