Northern Ontario Road Trip

During the Labour Day weekend a friend and I did a road trip through Northern Ontario. We avoid the major highways (aka any of the 400 series highways in ontario) in order to take our time and stop at any place we found interesting.  The trip was to encompass McGregor Provincial Park, then making our way to the west end of Manitoulin Island, with a final night at Grundy Lake Provincial Park just south of Sudbury.

MacGregor Park

McGregor Provincial Park where we just wanted some place to lay our heads down before heading off to catch the Chi-Cheemaun ferry that would bring us to Manitoulin Island.  The park is quite small compared to the Pinery, but each campsite if fairly secluded so if you’re looking for a quiet time outdoors this is a good park to check out.  The campsites are have a bit more gravel than expected, so pitching the tent is a bit more difficult than first expected.  I’d recommend bringing a mallet or finding a rock to hammer the stakes in properly.

Mississagi Lighthouse

The highlight of the trip was to take the Chi-cheemaun ferry from Tobermory and head to the Mississagi Lighthouse and Campgrounds on the far west side of Manitoulin Island.  It’s not currently labelled on Google Maps and we made reservations be sending messages over Facebook.  Facilities are clean, there’s fresh water and firewood available for sale from the lighthouse staff.  The lighthouse is still active, but we couldn’t venture inside as it’s being renovated – hopefully our road trip next year will allows us to to see the improvements! Each campsite is furnished with a fire pit, a good sized cooking grate to cook and picnic tables.  Our site happened to be nestled within a grove of pine trees with a ten steps away from gorgeous views of Lake Huron.

By being so far west of the island, cell service is non-existent and it’s so dark that you can see the Milky Way.

 

Grundy Provincial Park

Our last stop on the road trip was Grundy Provincial Park, south of Sudbury.  I visited the park about a decade ago and always wanted to camp there; unfortunately I didn’t recall how crowded the campsites are as well as how easily noise traveled.  We even had a giant raccoon steal a package of hot dogs, but luckily we had extra meals planned for an emergency.  For day tripping, the park provides a few nice beaches and cliffs to jump off of.  If you’re going to stay a few nights, I’d recommend going about an hour more south and stay a Killbear.  All was not lost, however. We still had a great view of Grundy Lake with the ability to see the stars clearly at night.

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