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Algonquin Park Campgrounds & Campsites

There are two tables below. “All Campgrounds” shows basic information for each campground, including the type of campsites available, certain amenities offered at the campground, and other key information. “All Campsites” shows specific details for every single campsite at every single campground. This table has lots of data and is best used with the search, filter, and sorting options available.

Warning: There are 1,300+ rows in the “All Campsites” table. When you click on that tab, all 1,300+ rows will be visible.

The information in these tables were updated January, 2024. For the most up-to-date information, visit algonquinpark.on.ca.

Car Camping vs. Frontcountry vs. Developed Campgrounds

The terms Car Camping, Frontcountry, and Developed Campgrounds represent similar types of camping in Algonquin Park, but they do have their differences.

Car Camping — This is the most self-explanatory of the three. Car camping is simply when you camp beside (or inside) your vehicle.

Frontcountry — This refers to a geographic area, not a specific type of camping. Frontcountry is defined as being the area within 1km of a park road or highway. The opposite of frontcountry camping is backcountry camping, which is the area beyond 1km of a park road or highway.

Developed Campgrounds — These are campgrounds that are accessible by vehicle and offer a variety of services and amenities.

In Algonquin Park, car camping would be a type of frontcountry camping, at a developed campground. As you can see, they are technically different things, but they are not mutually exclusive from each other.

Campground Amenities, Facilities, and Services In Algonquin Park

In Algonquin Park, the amenities, facilities, and services will vary depending on the campground that you stay at. Every campground will have vehicle access (car camping), and toilets (either vault or flush).

Some other amenities available at certain campgrounds in Algonquin Park include showers, laundry facilities, boat launches, water-filling stations, beaches, firewood for sale, barrier-free facilities (toilets, showers, campsites), and more. There are also dedicated pet exercise areas and picnic shelters.

Although the campgrounds don’t have rental services (eg. canoe rentals), there are rental services available at Canoe Lake, Lake Opeongo, and a number of other locations along Highway 60 and the surrounding areas of Algonquin Park. Many of these services will conveniently deliver your rentals directly to the campground for you.

How to Book a Car Campsite in Algonquin Park

Making a reservation for car camping in Algonquin Park is easy! You can make your reservation online at reservations.ontarioparks.com or by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) daily between 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST.

To book a car campsite at one of the Algonquin Park campgrounds, you’ll want to use the tab that says “Campsite” on the online reservation system. Next, you’ll select the specific campground from the “Park” dropdown list, and continue with the remaining criteria from there. You can also use the filters to refine your search preferences for features like electrical sites, radio-free sites, and more.

Reservations can be made starting at 7:00 AM from up to five months in advance of your arrival date. For example, if you’d like to book a campsite for an arrival date of September 1st, you can make your reservation as of 7:00 AM on April 1st.

While making a reservation in advance isn’t technically required, the campgrounds at Algonquin park can be very busy and often fill-up during the summer months, so making reservations in advance is highly recommended!

Campground Rules in Algonquin Park

  • The name of the person on the reservation needs to be the same person that picks up the permit upon arrival.
  • You are not allowed to have multiple reservations under the same name, during the same time period.
  • The permit holder for the campsite being reserved must be at least sixteen years of age, or older.
  • There is a maximum occupancy of six people per campsite. An exception to this rule is made if the group is one single family (parents and children).
  • Parking for one vehicle is included with your campsite permit. Additional vehicle permits can be purchased if required.
  • Foraging for firewood at the campground is not allowed!
  • Reservations can be made starting as early as 7:00 AM up to five months in advance of your arrival date, and as late as 9:00 pm on your arrival date.
  • A maximum of three pieces of shelter are allowed at a campsite. You’re also allowed one additional dining shelter and one tarp. 
  • Check-in time at your reserved campsite is 2:00 PM on the date of arrival. Check-out time is 2:00 PM on the last day of your reservation.
  • For campgrounds in Algonquin Park, the maximum length of stay is seven nights between July 1st and the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend, and twenty-three consecutive nights for dates outside of that period.

Prices and Fees for Developed Campgrounds (Car Camping) in Algonquin Park

When booking a campsite in Algonquin Park, the price will vary depending on the campground and the type of site that is chosen. For example, campsites with electrical outlets have a price premium.

The cost to book a campsite at a campground in Algonquin Park ranges between $42.38 to $59.33 per night. This price includes taxes (%13 HST) and is the per-night fee for your entire group; it is not per-person.

There is a non-refundable Reservation Fee of $11.00 (booking online) or $13.00 (by phone). There is also a minimum Cancellation and/or Change Fee of $8.50 (cancelling/changing online) or $10.50 (by phone).

Please note that these prices are for frontcountry car-camping (developed campgrounds). Backcountry permits, day use permits, and other types of permits may have different fees.

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