Magnetawan Lake – Campsite #2

Magnetawan Lake – Campsite #2

Campsites
Mangetawan Lake – Campsite #2 I'm not one to personally camp on a 'paddle in' site, but if I were going to, this wouldn't be a terrible choice I guess. It has a smooth beach landing directly in front of the campsite, making access to the water very easy. The campsite is spacious and open, with a pretty view out onto Magnetawan. And there are tons of tent spots surrounding the site that are able to accommodate a large group. The fire pit and seating are pretty meh, but you'd be camping on this site for the sake of going camping, not because you ventured into the backcountry to find a really nice site. Of course, you would only take this site if you didn't care about having privacy considering…
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Hambone Lake – Campsite #1

Hambone Lake – Campsite #1

Campsites
Hambone Lake – Campsite #1 This is about as basic as a site can get in my opinion. It has a large open interior with a simple fire pit and seating surrounding it. I started counting the tent spots on my fingers but had to stop because I ran out of fingers. Sounds decent so far, right? That's everything the site offers though. The landing is rooty and not very accessible, and there's nowhere to enjoy the sunshine. There aren't great swimming opportunities either. The only appeal of this site is that it's right beside the Magnetawan access point, so if you're travelling with young kids or introducing someone to the backcountry, it's easy to get to. But for just one more portage, Ralph Bice offers significantly better campsite options. (Click…
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Hambone Lake – Campsite #3

Hambone Lake – Campsite #3

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Hambone Lake – Campsite #3 Just like Campsite #1 on Hambone Lake, this is a pretty basic site. And just like Campsite #8 on Little Trout Lake, it has everything you need, but not anything that you want. Fire pit, check. Seating, check. Sheltered, check. Tent spots, check. Rocky shoreline, nope. Accessible landing, nope. Good swimming, nope. The one nice thing about this site is that it's off to the side of the main canoe route, so for a lake that will have a ton of traffic going through it every day, none of the traffic will be coming close to your campsite. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites Fire pit and seating Interior of site Tent spot Tent spot Canoe landing View from the water…
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Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #13

Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #13

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Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #13 How this campsite is an actual official campsite in the park, I have no idea. If you've watched Cast Away recently and want to try and become Tom Hanks, sure, give this site a try. It's a super pretty and cute site for a sunny afternoon considering it's smaller than a 1 bedroom Toronto condo and surrounded by shallow beaches with crystal clear waters. But that's it. There's maybe 2 trees on the campsite offering practically zero protection from any elements, and I have no idea where you'd even pitch a tent that can sleep more than 2 people. Maybe there are better tenting options inland, but I didn't follow the overgrown path for long enough to find out. Look, if you just want…
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Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #12

Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #12

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Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #12 I haven't seen every campsite on Ralph Bice, so it wouldn't be fair to say that this is the worst of them. But yeah I'm going to say it anyways, this is the worst campsite on Ralph Bice. The landing isn't great. The fire pit and seating are pretty crappy. The site is overall very small and enclosed, and surrounded by dense bush. And it just generally feels not enjoyable. It isn't the type of eerie feeling where you worry about turning your head to see a bear coming from behind you. It's the type of eerie feeling where you worry about turning your head to see a zombie coming from behind you. If Algonquin zombies exist, they live behind this site. (Click on…
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Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #4

Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #4

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Ralph Bice Lake – Campsite #4 I'll start by saying that I was really impressed with this campsite. The landing is pretty bad (you can notice my barrel strap to secure the boat since I forgot to keep rope handy) and the fire pit isn't anything to write home about. But now that the bad is out of the way, let's talk about the good. There are plenty of tent spots, including one massive patch of flat ground that can hold 2-3 tents easily beside each other. The view west onto Ralph Bice is breathtaking, and the shallow waters surrounding the site are crystal clear and equally as beautiful to admire. The sandy beach at the landing leads into nice swimming waters, and there's plenty of open rock surrounding the…
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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #8

Little Trout Lake – Campsite #8

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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #8 This is a pretty boring site in the far west end of Little Trout Lake. It has everything that you need, but not anything that you want. There's a fire pit with seating, flat tent spots, and shelter, but nowhere to enjoy the sun, poor swimming opportunities, and a less-than-average view onto Little Trout compared to some of the other campsites on the lake. You wouldn't have a bad time if you needed to camp here, but if there's something available elsewhere on the lake, you're probably better off taking it.(Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites Fire pit and seating Interior of site Interior of site Tent spot Tent spot Looking out of site Canoe landing View from the water…
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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #10

Little Trout Lake – Campsite #10

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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #10 This is a popular site on Little Trout Lake, and now that I've finally gotten the chance to visit it, I can see why. There are 3 different potential landings and entrances to the site. Once inside, there's an open and spacious interior, with plenty of room to accommodate several tents. The fire pit and seating surrounding it are pretty average, but the real draw to this site is the large chunk of rock at the shoreline. The front half (closer to the water) is sloping, and then it levels off and becomes more flat at the top. This means that when viewing the rock from the water, you only see the sloping section, not the flat section... basically, the rock is much larger…
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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #5

Little Trout Lake – Campsite #5

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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #5 I really enjoyed visiting this site and thought it was a pretty little campsite midway through Little Trout Lake. It has a great landing; a gradual sloping rock making it easy to pull in, and also easy to unload your gear. There is tons of room to accommodate a handful of tents, and the fire pit has enough seating surrounding it (although they're circular logs so your butt will probably get sore quickly, not a bad idea to bring your own chairs!). The fire pit is also right by the shoreline and offers a really nice view onto the main body of the lake, facing northwest for the sunset. In addition to the sloping rock at the landing, there's more sloping rock in front…
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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #4

Little Trout Lake – Campsite #4

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Little Trout Lake – Campsite #4 This site has all of the essentials, but it's not a very aesthetic site, or a good choice if you want to enjoy nice weather. The landing is about 20m to the left of the site, but once you make it to the main campsite area you'll find a few large patches of flat ground for tents and a mediocre fire pit with good seating. At least the fire pit is right by the shoreline and offers a pretty view onto the lake. I don't know if I would necessarily call this a 'bad' site, but it's definitely below average. At least it's below average based on my expectations of what makes a good site. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of…
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