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.
Day Use Vehicle Permits: because of the popularity of this park, it’s one that may need permits to be purchased in advance in order to guarantee park access. This was started in 2021 and continued in 2022. There’s no reason to believe that this will be kept for 2023.
If you’re smart, grab the permit before any visit, even mid-week. We found this out the hard way at our local Provincial Park.
You can buy the vehicle permit up to 5 days in advance, which guarantees you access to the park on that day. If you have an annual or season pass, you should still book your permit online, but there’s no extra charge.
Facebook and Website Links
Phone #: (705) 882-2209
Main entrance co-ordinates: Pancake Bay Gatehouse Latitude: 46.969783, Longitude: -84.702083
Address: 12729 Hwy 17N, P0 box 61, Batchwana Bay, P0S 1A0
Opening seasons: May 6, 2022 to October 11, 2022
Camping & Accommodation
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
The Pancake Bay Nature Trail – 3.5 km (1-2 hours) easy
The Lookout Trail – 14 km (5-7 hours) moderate for the entire trail – 7 km return (2-3 hours) to the lookout
Trails: Cycling is permitted on the 14 km Lookout Trail.
Maps & Resources
Campground and trail maps are available on the official Pancake Bay map webpage
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