Location: The park is located in the Central Northern Region of Ontario just north of Penetanguishene. From the 401 take the 400 north to exit 121 passed Barry, then head north on the 93. From Penetanquishene follow the signs to the park.

From the north follow the 400 south to Hwy. 12. Head west on highway 12 to pick up the 93. Road Map

 
 
The Park: Awenda is located in a beautiful setting on the shores of Georgian Bay across the bay from Georgian Bay National Park. The park is mostly hardwood or mixed forest, with areas of fen and bogs along with the fields remaining from earlier farms and homesteads. You'll find several good hiking trails along with beautiful natural beaches alternating with rugged rock strewn shores. Above the beaches is a 35m bluff which is accessible from the trail system. This is a great campers park, with lots of shaded sites and all the amenities.  The nearest towns are Penetanguishene, Midland and Barrie, with Barrie being the largest center in the North Central Ontario Region but it is a fair distance south of the park.
 
Front Country Camping:

The park has a total of 325 sites. 74 have wheel chair access. Flush toilets and showers are available.

Deer

Total Number of Sites: 50
Swimming:
Yes
Flush Toilets:
Yes
Showers:
Yes
Laundromat:
No
Restaurant:
No
Phone Reservations: Yes
Forested area. This is a radio free zone.

 
Settling in to one of the parks many campsites.
 
 
Turtle

Total Number of Sites: 50
Serviced Sites:
Swimming:
Walk or Drive to the Beach
Flush Toilets:
Yes
Showers:
Yes
Laundromat:
Yes
Restaurant:
No
Phone Reservations:
Yes
Forested area. This is the furthest campground from the beach but it's also the least trafficked.

Hawk

Total Number of Sites: 59
Serviced Sites: 9
Swimming:
Yes
Flush Toilets:
Yes
Showers:
Yes
Laundromat:
Yes
Restaurant:
No
Phone Reservations:
Yes

Forested area. Nine of the sites have electricity.

Bear

Total Number of Sites: 50
Swimming:
Yes
Flush Toilets:
Yes
Showers:
Yes
Laundromat:
Yes
Restaurant:
No
Phone Reservations:
Yes

The beach is just a short walk away. Most sites are well spaced in a beautiful forested area. Radio free.

  Wolf

Total Number of Sites: 73
Serviced Sites:
All
Swimming:
Yes
Flush Toilets:
Yes
Showers:
Yes
Laundromat:
No
Restaurant:
No
Phone Reservations:
Yes

Forested area. Second closest campground to the beach. All of the sites have electricity.

Snake

Total Number of Sites: 50
Swimming:
Yes
Flush Toilets:
Yes
Showers:
Yes
Laundromat:
No
Restaurant:
No
Phone Reservations:
Yes

The beach is just a short walk away. Most sites are well spaced in a beautiful forested area. Radio free. Closest campground to the beach.

Group Camping:

The park has group camping just to the west of Second Lake. Qualified groups can make reservations. Inquire with the park for details.

There is no backcountry camping in the park.

 
 
  Nature

The park is a mix of deciduous and coniferous forests intermingled with fields and low lying wetlands. While the forest in the camping area is mostly made up of maple, oak and birch the areas below the bluffs see cedar, hemlock and alder predominate. With a healthy population of sugar maple, the park is a good area to visit in the Autumn when the leaves are turning, the forest will provide you with an excellent display of colour. You'll also find carnivorous pitcher plants, as well as beautiful and of course benign orchids in the park. The park is awash in trilliums during the spring, which should play to anyone's sense of romance.

 
Sea Kayaking & Canoeing: Awenda is located on the shores of Georgian Bay, one of the worlds premier sea kayaking destinations. While the peninsula doesn't have the endless archipelago of islands you'll find further north, the shoreline makes for a great paddle in a sea kayak. If you're looking for extended routes have a look at Georgian Bay Islands and Bruce Peninsula National Parks to the east and west of the park.  
The Long Shadows of Autumn
Giant's Tomb Island can be seen in the distance.
 
Mountain Biking: There is no real mountain biking in the park but you can ride bicycles on the Bluffs and the Brule Trails.. Hard core enthusiasts take heart, you're not far from some of Ontario's best mountain biking in the form of Hardwood Hills and the Mansfield Outdoor Center.
 
 
 
  Hiking

The park has over 30km of trails, many of which intersect allowing you to customize your itinerary.

Beach Trail

Linear, 2km one way, easy. This is a a shared use trail, cycling is permitted. From the western most parking lot you can pick up the trail which will take you from second beach, to third and then across the small peninsula below the bluffs to fourth beach. Essentially a beach walk as the name implies, the trial can be completed in about an hour. There is restricted access for canines.

 
Beaver Pond Trail

Loop, 1km return, easy. Accessed from the western most parking lot, this is essentially a nature trail which passes several areas of beaver activity. You can increase your chances of seeing wildlife by taking the trail in the early morning or evening. If you choose to go in the evening give your self plenty of time to return before you loose the light and remember to always carry a flash light. Much of the trails length is a board walk. Wheelchair access.

Bluff Trail

Loop, 14km. This is the parks longest trail. You can access it from the parking lot across from the Bear Campground, or directly from the Deer Campground, or from several other intersecting trails such as the Nipissing. It takes its name from the section of the Nipissing Bluff which it follows. You'll find great views of Georgian Bay from the bluff. This is a mixed use trail, bicycles are permitted.

Nipissing Trail

Linear, 0.5km with a 32m elevation change (in the form of a staircase), easy-moderate. The trail is accessed from the western most parking lot. It climbs from here, up to the bluffs trail which allows for some great views of the Bay. Cycling is not permitted.

Brule Trail

Linear, 2km, easy. The trail heads through the forest where you can connect up to the Dunes Trail or keep on going to the parking lot across from the Bear Campground. You have the option of continuing your hike along the Bluffs Trail. The trial takes about 1 hour if you do an out and back. This is a mixed use trail and bicycles are permitted.

Dunes Trail

Loop, 3km, easy. The trail begins and ends at the additional day visitors parking. The trail follows through an interesting sandy area with diverse plant life, a good area for nature study. The area is fragile so please keep to the trail. This area contrasts with the surrounding hardwood forest. Cycling is not permitted.

 
Wendat Trail

Loop, 5km, easy. The trail wraps around Kettle Lake following closely on sections of the shore. A good area for wildlife viewing, if tread softly and you might just see a great blue heron. The trail takes about 1.5-2hrs to complete. Cycling is not permitted.

 
Awenda's Spectacular Fall Colours
 
 
The surrounding region Central Ontario North
 

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The park has cross country skiing in the winter with 30 km of track set trails. You can snow shoe almost anywhere except of course on the ski trails. A trip out to the shore line (don't venture further) will give you a great view of the bay in the winter. The trails start from the Trail Center where you'll also find a wood stove to thaw those icy toes.

 
Like a lot of parks in Ontario and the rest of Canada you'll find patches of poison ivy. Long pants are recommended in the forest. Check with the parks staff for more information.

Swimmer's itch is a potential irritant if your your planning to take a swim. To minimize the possibilities make sure, you and yours, towel down thoroughly when you're finished. Watch for zebra mussels, which have unfortunately been introduced to Lake Huron in the last couple of years.

Ice and firewood are available in the park. The park has a pet beach where you can walk your dog. Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after. Supplies are available in the nearby towns. See links below.

Tourism

Out-There's Central Ontario North - The Muskokas, Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties
Out-There's Ontario

Official Sites

Ontario Tourism
Southern Georgian Bay

Georgian Triangle

Other Regions in Ontario

Out-There's Greater Toronto
Out-There's Prince Edward County

Nearby Cities Towns

Midland
Penetanguishene

Nearest Major Center

Barrie

Banks and Trusts in the Area

National Bank
Laurentian Bank
Royal Bank
Toronto Dominion Canada Trust

Accommodations - Nearby:
Little Lake Inn - Midland
Galerie Gale - Midland
Red Roof B&B - Penatanguishine

Restaurants - Nearby
Memories Roadhouse Restaurant - Midland/Penatanguishine Area
Mom's Restaurant - Midland/Penatanguishine Area

Maps

Road Map of the Area - From the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario

Road Maps of Southern Ontario - From the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario

Awenda Park Maps - From Parks Ontario

Weather

Parks - Nearby

Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Bass Lake Provincial Park
Mara Provincial Park
McRae Point Provincial Park
Spring Water Provincial Park
Wasaga Beach

Conservation Areas - Nearby
Carruthers
Nottawasaga

Provincial Wildlife Areas - Nearby
Wye Marsh Wildlife Center
Tiny Marsh
Matchedash Bay

Sites of Interest - Nearby
Saint Marie Among the Huron's
Georgian Bay Cruises

Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Swift Canoe and Kayak- Waubaushene north of Orillia

Official Site: Awenda Provincial Park

 


Awenda Provincial Park
PO Box 973
Penetanguishene, Ontario, L0K 1P0
Phone: 705-549-2231


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