Best Free Camping in Ontario

Free Camping in Ontario

By Nathan Swartz

With over 400,000 square miles of land, much of its wilderness that's easily accessible from more major, urban areas, Ontario is not only one of Canada's largest provinces, but it's one of the most desirable areas to explore all summer long. Free camping can be found in various forms, from small city parks to crown land alike.

See a map of free camping in Ontario.

Free Camping on Crown Land in Ontario

If you're unfamiliar with the term, "crown land" in Canada is similar to the Bureau of Land Management or National Forest acreage in the US. For campers, this primarily equates to free camping.

While you shouldn't expect laundry facilities or hookups, or even a designated site, places like Wanapitei River offer free, dispersed camping in a natural setting, perfect for car camping and RVers alike. Closer to Ottawa, Brougham Lake is a small bend in the road suitable for a camper van or those seeking a tent camping spot.

Free Camping in City Parks around Ontario

Along the shores of Lake Superior, towns like Marathon offer city parks with camping spots. While that spot offers simple camping options and beautiful photo ops as you're positioned right up against Lake Superior, for an even more majestic experience, head to Scenic High Falls City Park in Wawa, Ontario. An impressive waterfall never hurts on any camping trip, and that's precisely what you'll find here. These free campsites also include picnic tables, grassy areas for tents, additional parking for large RVs, and even a boat launch.

More Free Camping in Ontario

The Harbour Centre in Gore Bay is a great way to explore the town and offers free overnight parking within walking distance to all of the eateries, a brewery, and other amenities this small town has to offer.

These are just some of the places you'll find free RV parking, and no doubt only jumping-off points for a plethora of memory-making experiences on your trip through the Canadian province of Ontario. While they may at times take more searching and even a little more effort, there's something about free camping areas like these that make every sunrise just a little bit better.

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Recent Ontario Free Campsite Reviews

Jul 28, 2022

"Not safe "

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We arrive about 9 and at 10 young person arrive in à pick up an turn around with noice we were à long on thé site we decide to leave i think it is not a safe place

1 review
Kenora, Unorganized, ON, Canada

Little Joe Lake Rest Area

Jun 07, 2022

"Beautiful lake, easy access. "

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This is a large roadside pullout used mainly by commercial vehicles. On the edge of a lake and has garbage bin, picnic table and toilets. Be considerate of the commercial driver's by parking around the edge. Some noise as the trucks come and go all day and night. Didn't bother us. We use Telus cell service and had 3+ bars all the time.

5 reviews
Sep 08, 2021

"Lovely Waterfall in quiet spot."

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A small camper van, and a few cars here when I stayed. A nice couple pitched a tent on the grass. Gravel road was easy to drive on in my sedan in all season tires on a dry summer day. You can definitely hear the waterfall at night, which I found very calming.

2 reviews
Jul 09, 2021

"Rare, free, RV accessible camp near Killarney PP, cell nearby, beautiful and private but bugs and litter"

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Large open gravel area surrounded by trees with excellent accessibility for any size rig. Located 15 km east of George Lake Campground but outside of Killarney Provincial Park boundary with absolutely no signage whatsoever. The spot is far enough off hwy 637 that the traffic noise is minimal. I stayed 3 nights in July and not a single other...
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Margot Bai
168 reviews
Jul 04, 2021

"Beautiful spot! "

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Beautiful spot. We stayed for 1 night July 1/2021.

1 review