Algonquin & Beyond


Lake Name: Parkside Bay

Number of Campsites: 20

Number of Permits Issued: 19

Closest Access Point: Smoke Lake (#6)

This Report: Campsite #14

Length of Stay: Day Visit

Date Visited: September 2023

Map of campsites on Parkside Bay in Algonquin Park, updated for 2024
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Campsite #14 on Parkside Bay is my definition of a very average Algonquin Park campsite that is only ideal during poor weather conditions. It’s not a very welcoming campsite in any sense. The canoe landing is easily accessible with a flat entrance among its rocky shoreline, but that accessibility doesn’t really matter once you realize there’s a near-vertical 4ft incline to get from the shoreline into the main campsite. At least there’s room to stash the canoe at the landing. The campsite itself is small and enclosed; it provides good shelter during inclement weather, but it’s not very appealing or aesthetic otherwise. The fire pit has lots of flat seating surrounding it and there are a few good tent spots to choose from directly surrounding the fire pit. Those features make it a great place to accommodate a large group, but it’s not the type of campsite a large group would particularly want to stay at. Behind the campsite was a trail leading into the forest towards the thunder box. And that’s the extent of the campsite. If there was poor weather and you needed a place with good shelter, this campsite would do the trick. The view from the shoreline overlooking Parkside Bay is also very beautiful, but the view, along with the shelter, are the only good things about the campsite. Otherwise, it’s not a very pretty site.

1) Follow Leave No Trace (LNT); leave the campsite in better condition than you found it!
2) The campsite numbering system (for backcountry canoeing) is not official from Ontario Parks. It is a community-based effort for easy referencing.
3) Reservations for backcountry canoeing are lake-specific, not campsite-specific. You do not reserve a specific campsite. Campsites are first-come-first-serve.
4) Only camp on lakes where you have a valid permit; do not camp off-permit.
5) Physical campsite features can change throughout the season (eg. water levels, leaf fall) and due to human intervention (eg. fire pit, seating).
6) To book a reservation, visit the Ontario Parks website:

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