Windy Lake Provincial Park

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Information

Phone #: 705-966-2315
Main entrance co-ordinates:
Address: P.O. Box 560, c/o Windy Lake Provincial Park, Levack, P0M 2C0
Opening seasons: May 20, 2022, to September 5, 2022 / January 7, 2022 to March 20, 2022

Travel, Directions & Distances

Directions: Sudbury to Windy Lake Provincial Park via ON-144 N
Toronto (Pearson Airport):
Ottawa (International Airport):
Public transit:
Uber/taxi:

Activities

Camping & Accomodation

Car Camping

All 93 campsites, including 56 with electricity, are secluded, large and flat. They are close to flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities, playground and drinking water taps.

Three campsites have space for double family camping.

Group Camping

Windy Lake offers two group camping experiences.  The first site is located at the westerly most portion of the waterfront and is aptly named The Lakeside Group Site.  This is our premium location which offers a secluded beach, swimming area, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, large fire pit, water tap and bathrooms.  It also comes with a large picnic shelter (for those rainy days) and a large charcoal burning BBQ.  The site will accommodate four to six small trailers and five to ten tents.  Camping is only permitted in the treed area.

The second group site is located near the day use area and can accommodate four to six small trailers and five to ten tents.

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Radio-Free Camping

The seven walk-in campsites on the shores of Windy Lake are all designated radio-free.

Walk-In Camping

Windy Lake offers a unique camping experience for those looking for something just a bit different.  There are seven walk-in campsites available (just a short walk from your car) with five of the sites situated on the waterfront.  This is a great introductory experience to backcountry camping.  This area is radio-free.

Roofed Accommodation

Roofed Accommodation Camp Cabin

Number at Park: 2

Site Number(s) / Name: 200, 201

The camp cabin is a rustic one-room cabin with wood interior and a screened-in front porch. The cabin sleeps five on a queen bed and a double/single bunk bed.

Check-in/Check-out

4pm/10am

Sleeps:

5

Amenities

The cabin features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, kettle, and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Mattresses are provided on the beds. Outside you will find a gas barbeque and picnic table. A propane fireplace provides a cozy temperature and atmosphere inside.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, and other personal items.

Restrictions

There is a 2-night minimum stay and a 3-night minimum stay on long weekends.

Please note dogs are permitted in Cabin 201. Pets are not permitted in any other cabins. Smoking is prohibited in all facilities.

Parking

Space for two vehicles nearby.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Roofed Accommodation Yurt

Number at Park: 4

Site Number(s) / Name: 24, 27, 30, 31

Windy Lake features four yurts each of which are tucked away on existing campsites.

Check-in/Check-out

4pm/10am

Sleeps:

6

Amenities

Each yurt sleeps six people (on two sets of double/single bunk beds) and comes with a table and chairs, lighting, electric heat and an electrical outlet. Each site also has a large deck, firepit, picnic table, and propane barbeque (propane included) with side burner. A privy is located in close proximity to all the yurts and is heated during the winter months. The yurts at Windy Lake are available in the summer and winter months.

What to Bring

Restrictions

There is a 2-night minimum stay and a 3-night minimum stay on long weekends.

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the yurt or on-site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Trails:

The Transition Hiking Trail 3 km, 1 hour, easy

As you walk along the trail it is hard to imagine that this was once the rim of a huge crater made by a large meteorite that impacted the earth nearly two billion years ago. Today, it is a vibrant forest that is home to many plants and animals. As you wander through the changing forest, keep your eyes open for the many birds that inhabit the area, including the Yellow Warbler, Ruffed Grouse, and Pileated Woodpecker. At dusk listen for the soft haunting call of an owl. If you time your hike right you can enjoy a variety of beautiful wildflowers that grow on the forest floor including the Pink Lady’s-slipper, Twin Flower, Wild Rose, and Star Flower.

Winter Activities

Trails:

When the snow falls there is no better place to be then right here at Windy Lake Provincial Park. The park offers some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the region. Many winter enthusiasts come for the day, but with four trail-side yurts that are heated and available for winter use, winter camping is easy. Access to the yurts is via ski trails only which is about a 166 m (500 ft) walk.

The Onaping Falls Nordic Ski Club operates a 15 kilometre trail network offering professionally groomed trails for both classic and skate styles of skiing for beginners to advance levels. Skiers may purchase a season pass, weekend pass or just pay for the day. Passes are available for purchase at the Park Office, Windy Lake Motel or at the ski chalet during the weekends.

Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club Facebook page
The ski chalet is open on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Paddling

Routes:

Boating

Windy Lake is a popular boating destination in the Sudbury Area. Windy Lake has a large easily accessible boat launch.

Canoeing

Windy Lake is a popular boating destination in the Sudbury Area.


Maps & Resources

Local Facilities

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