Awenda Provincial Park

A scenic view of the main entrance to Awenda Provincial Park, with towering trees and a rustic sign.
Welcome to Awenda Provincial Park!

ALWAYS check Alerts and other information on the official website, as conditions and facility availability are subject to change.

New Camping Rules for 2023 (14-night max) – new for 2023 are revised rules about the maximum number of nights you can camp. In this park, if you are camping between July 1 and the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend, you’ll be restricted to no more than 14-nights at this park. Outside of those dates, it’s still the old 23-night maximum. Ontario Parks promises this will be clear when booking.
Rules for backcountry camping and the roofed accommodation haven’t changed.

Facebook and Website Links

Awenda Official website
Awenda Official Facebook

Information

Phone #: 705-549-2231
Main entrance co-ordinates: 44.843699 ,  -80.002699
Address: PO Box 5004, Penetanguishene, L9M 2G2
Opening seasons: January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024/camping dates are May 10 to October 15, 2024

Telephone & Internet

With the increase in people being digital nomads or wanting to work from home, connecting while enjoying nature is important for many people. The good news is that we were able to get a decent signal for phone calls and basic internet services.

Travel, Directions & Distances

Directions: Barrie to Awenda Provincial Park via Simcoe County Rd 27 and County Rd 6 S

Nearby Parks & Conservation Areas

If the park is very busy, especially one that requires a reserved day pass, you might want to consider a nearby park or conservation area.

Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area

Waubaushene Beaches Provincial Park is a non-operating park close to the Trans-Canada Trail.

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Activities

Camping & Accommodation

Car Camping

Awenda offers camping in six different campgrounds. Some sites are shaded beneath Sugar Maples and Red Oaks, while others have a view of the fields or forest from their location! All campsites at Wolf offer electricity, but those who want more privacy can go without it if they stay at Bear/Deer Campground, which is designated radio-free as well as dog friendly 🙂

Drinking water taps, vault toilets, and a central comfort station complete with flush toilets and showers service all six campgrounds. Laundry facilities are included at the comfort stations in Turtle, Hawk, and Bear Campgrounds.

Dog-Free Camping

All campsites in Snake Campground are dog-free and radio-free.

Radio-Free Camping

All campsites in Bear, Deer, and Snake Campgrounds are radio-free.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Awenda offers a nice variety of looped and linear, easy-to-moderate trails and ranges from 1 to 13 km in length. One trail provides barrier-free access.

Beach Trail – 4 km return (1.5 hours) linear, easy
This trail takes hikers along the Georgian Bay shoreline. Giant’s Tomb Island is visible from the trail. The contrast between the dry oak-maple forest of the campgrounds and the low, wet birch-cedar-hemlock forest below the bluff can be seen.

Beaver Pond Trail – 1 km (30 minutes) loop, easy, barrier-free
Located in a nature reserve zone, most of this trail is a boardwalk that takes you through an area altered by past and present beaver activity. Along the way, you will see the remains of a building and a bridge from the early logging days. The area also offers views of the dominant Nipissing bluff and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife, wildflowers, and many species of birds.

Bluff Trail – 13 km (3.5 hours) loop, moderate
This circular trail can be accessed from several locations within the park. It travels partly along a high bluff and partly through a low wetland. Views of Georgian Bay from sections of this trail are spectacular, especially during the late autumn and early spring leaf-free season.

Nipissing Trail – 1 km return (30 minutes) linear, moderate
The Nipissing Bluff is the dominant glacial feature in Awenda. It is a raised beach created 5,500 years ago by glacial Lake Nipissing. Today a 155 step staircase allows hikers to easily descend 32 meters down the face of the bluff, at times providing you with the sensation of being part of the forest canopy.

Brûlé Trail – 4 km return (1.5 hours) linear, easy
This trail passes through some of the park’s upland mixed deciduous forest. Lumbering and fires have obliterated the White Pine stand so that most trees are now Sugar Maple and Red Oak. Lumbering on the peninsula was at its peak in the late 1800s. Since then, the forest has been allowed to revert to its natural state, but the White Pine has not fully re-establish itself.

Robitaille Homestead Trail – 3 km return (1hour) linear, easy
Hikers follow this trail to an ancient dune system. The age of these sand dunes has been estimated at 11,500 years, from the time of the last glacial retreat. The dunes are a very fragile environment and we ask that you do not climb the hillside, stand on the edge of the bluff or climb down the bluff. This will allow plants to re-establish themselves and will help us preserve this area for future park visitors. On the way to the dunes, this trail passes an abandoned farmstead originally built-in 1902. Remains of the stone foundations and fence rows can still be seen.

Wendat Trail – 5 km (2 hours) loop, easy
This trail begins at Kettle’s Lake. This lake is thought to be a kettle lake formed by the gradual melting of a large buried piece of ice left by retreating glaciers. Today, this area is a favored nesting spot for red-winged blackbirds, and the Great Blue Heron is often seen in swamps around the lake. The trail passes the foundations of the Brabant farmstead house and barn. Attempts to farm this area in the 1930s and 40s failed due to the poor, sandy soil.

Biking

Several kilometers of park roads are available for cyclists.

Bikes are also allowed on the Beach, Bluff, and Brule Trails. Since these are multi-use trails, racing is not permitted and cyclists must yield to pedestrians and hikers.

Cyclists are encouraged to respect and protect the often sensitive environments that these trails pass through by riding only on the designated trail surface.

Paddling

Awenda’s quiet and scenic Kettle’s Lake is an excellent location for putting in your own canoe or one you rent from the park. This small, motorboat-free lake is ideally suited for the novice paddler or nature enthusiast.

Winter Activities

Awenda Provincial Park is located less than an hour East of Downtown Toronto, with easy access from the 401 near Oshawa. It is best reached by car, but public transit is possible with a tricky 35-minute walk from public transit.

Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy a wonderland experience.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to explore Awenda’s trails. The 17 km of skiable terrain begins at the Trail Centre, which offers rustic accommodations with an open fire pit for chilly evenings or breakfast Boundary Line commencements by candlelight! There is no better way than backcountry-style recreation in wintertime – be prepared, though, because you’ll have all day snow covered ground, so pack accordingly.

Before heading out, check snow conditions on the park’s official website.

This park has no equipment rental, so don’t forget your snowshoes, cross-country skis, and snacks.

Being so close to Midland, Ontario, there are plenty of places to get hot drinks, snacks, and meals.

Maps & Resources

Ontario Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: Most provincial Parks have excellent signage, maps, and marked trails. If you take up back-country adventures, then it’s not always clear. The Ontario Crown Land Use maps are an excellent resource. You might also want to join one or more of these groups on Facebook.
Crown Land Camping Group
Crown Land Camping Ontario
Ontario Parks and Crown Land
Ontario Crown Land Campers
Sharing Ontario Crown Land Camping Spots

Ontario parks has a park overview map and campground map for the park click here to view them

Local Facilities

Barrier Free

Awenda’s six comfort stations and the park amphitheater are barrier-free.

Every campground has a designated barrier-free campsite with a modified picnic table, easy access to drinking water, and a comfort station.

All campgrounds have barrier-free toilets available.

The First Beach area has three barrier-free vault toilets, a viewing platform, and the one-kilometer Beaver Pond Trail and boardwalk. The Kettle’s Landing day-use area has a barrier-free vault toilet, boardwalk, picnic area, and viewing area. The park has free non-motorized all-terrain wheelchair service for people who need it.

Comfort Stations

 Stations with accessible showers and flush toilets are available in the park’s six campgrounds: Turtle, Hawk, Bear, Deer, Wolf, and Snake.

Day Use

At Awenda Lake Provincial Park, day use offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the park’s natural beauty and recreational offerings without overnight camping. Nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, this picturesque park boasts sandy beaches, serene forests, and winding trails perfect for hiking, biking, and wildlife spotting. Day trippers can enjoy picnicking by the water’s edge, swimming in the refreshing waters of Awenda Lake, or simply unwinding amidst the tranquility of nature. With its diverse ecosystems and stunning vistas, Awenda Lake Provincial Park provides an ideal setting for a memorable day exploring Ontario’s great outdoors.

Flush Toilets

Available only at the comfort stations located in each campground.

Laundromat

Laundry facilities are available at the comfort stations in Turtle, Hawk, and Bear Campgrounds.

Park Store

The park store at Awenda Lake Provincial Park is a quaint haven nestled amidst the natural beauty of the park. Offering a range of essential supplies and amenities, it is a convenient stop for campers and visitors exploring the wilderness. From camping gear and outdoor equipment to snacks and souvenirs, the store caters to various needs, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all who venture into the park. With its friendly staff and picturesque surroundings, the Awenda Lake Provincial Park park store is a welcoming retreat for adventurers seeking both convenience and charm amidst nature’s splendor.

Picnic Shelters

A large covered picnic shelter is available at the Trail/Activity Centre area but can’t be used if the park is using it for planned activities. 

Rentals

Visitors can borrow an adequately fitted Personal Floatation Device (PFD) with a $25 refundable deposit. Staff can provide additional information and give you a PFD that fits you at the Registration Office.

Electrical extension cords are available for trailer units for a daily or weekly fee.

Complete with paddles and PFDs, canoes are available to rent for half-day time slots. Rental canoes can only be used in Kettle’s Lake. Rentals are available for July and August only.

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