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There are Plenty of Ontario Camping Opportunities Near Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Georgian Bay Islands National Park is located in Ontario along the Canadian Shield. Accessible only by boat, this park is comprised of 63 small islands. Established in 1929, the park protects about 8 square miles of land and water. The diversity of the land is truly amazing, ranging from exposed rocks to hardwood forests and rugged coastlines. Beausoleil is the largest of the islands and has the most facilities to offer. This beautiful park is a great way to immerse yourself in the diverse beauty of nature, making it a terrific Ontario camping destination!
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The park has four very distinct seasons. The park is greatly effected by the massive body of water surrounding it. High waves are common, and storms prevail in spring and fall. Winter is cold, with temperatures below freezing for 3 or 4 months straight. Summer is warm, but frequently sees uncomfortable periods of humid tropical air brought up from the Gulf of Mexico. There is virtually no change in the amount of rain each month sees, with 60% falling between November and April and 40% falling May to October. The park sees the most snow in all of southern Ontario. Daily fees are collected to visit the park. The cost is CA$5.80 for adults, $4.90 for seniors, $2.90 for children and $14.70 for a family (up to seven people traveling together). A seasonal pass costs $29.40 for adults, $24.50 for seniors, $14.70 for children and $73.60 for a family.
Since Georgian Bay Islands National Park is an island based park, there are many water based activities available while visiting. Sailing and boating is a great way to get around and to explore the beautiful waters of the park. An Ontario Sport Angling License allows you to fish in this park, and the fishing is definitely enjoyable. There are small perch and record size muskie! Regardless of what you catch, you’ll certainly enjoy the activity. The islands, and Beausolei Island especially, offer wonderful sandy beaches and terrific swimming spots. Once you’ve explored the water, the islands have miles of hiking trails to explore! You’ll hike through hardwood forests, along island beaches, past sparkling lakes, and over rocky terrain. There are easy strolls and more strenuous hikes, offering everyone a chance to explore the pure beauty of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. There also a few biking trails in the park allowing bicyclists to explore the park, too. With so much to see and do, this is a unique and wonderful Ontario camping destination that you will never forget!
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