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Phone #: (807)938-6534 summer / (807)223-7535 winter
Main entrance coordinates: Latitude: 49.758122, Longitude: -92.653490
Address: Box 730, 479 Government Street, Dryden, ON, P8N 2Z4
Opening seasons: The park is now closed for 2022. Opening dates for next year are May 19, 2023 to September 17, 2023
Park Winter access: in 2020, we asked Ontario Parks about park access out of season when most parks are officially closed. Their reply – “Parks that are closed for the season, and non-operational parks, are gated and access is available by foot. Visitors are permitted to park outside the gates and walk in for day use activities, such as hiking, fishing and picnicking. Please note that all buildings and facilities will be closed, and there is no consistent staff presence to oversee actions in the park.”
The main park gate is now closed for the season (2022). However, leaving your vehicle outside the park and accessing trails on foot may be possible. Confirming this with the park office would be worthwhile if you travel a long distance. You should be aware that there will be no open facilities and limited staffing.
Camping & Accommodation
The campground is perfect for those who need access to electricity and amenities. The almost 100 campsites offer everything you could ask for, with one-third being able to accommodate large trailers or tents only! There are water taps close by in case your hydration needs arise during outdoor activities like hiking & fishing; comfort stations provide relief from fatigue after spending hours outdoors playing on the many different types of terrain available (from easy paved paths which allow people without disabilities quick accessibility around town); while laundry facilities will make sure that dirty clothes are clean before they leave home again – this time hopefully paired up more appropriately than their first trip into laundromats 🙂
Aaron has one group campsite. The site accommodates 15 to 50 people. Water taps and vault toilets are on site. The area is within walking distance of a comfort station, the beach, and hiking trails.
Reservations can be made online or by phone or by calling the park directly at (807) 938-6534.
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
Aspen Trail – 2km, moderate
The Aspen Trail will introduce you to stands of boreal forest consisting of aspen, birch, Jack Pine, Balsam Fir and spruce trees. Walk through the remnants of the terrific wind storm of 1973 and over bare rock surfaces scarred by glaciers which melted 10 to 15 thousand years ago! Look for signs of White-tailed Deer, such as browsed branches, tracks and pellets. All the while, you will be entertained by Aaron’s 26 species of warblers and other boreal songbirds.
Eastern White Cedar Trail – 1.2 km loop, easy
A stroll down this trail will help you appreciate the history and ecology of Aaron. You will walk through large, historic stands of trees, hike along the shores and wetlands of Thunder Lake and climb up a slope to a clay plain. See how many species of amphibians, mammals, birds, trees, flowers, lichens, and mosses you can spot along the way.
Biking is a popular way to wander through Aaron and view the Eastern White Cedars that line the campground roads. Children are reminded to wear a helmet when biking.
Information about paddling at Aaron Provincial Park can be found on our partner website.
Maps & Resources
An overview map is available for Aaron Provincial Park on the official website.