Algonquin & Beyond


Lake Name: Parkside Bay

Number of Campsites: 20

Number of Permits Issued: 19

Closest Access Point: Smoke Lake (#6)

This Report: Campsite #17

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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If you want to feel like you’re lost at sea and stranded on a small island, you’ve come to the right place! Ok, no, this isn’t an island campsite, and no you definitely are not lost at sea… but it just felt that way when I visited the site. The beach landing was very accessible and was a welcomed entrance to the campsite. The shoreline didn’t look too big while approaching from the water, but once I arrived, it was actually quite spacious. The orange campsite marker is very faded and points the way through an overgrown trail into the main campsite. The campsite itself is extremely small and overgrown. There’s a small fire pit with surprisingly good seating, and two tent spots within arm’s reach from the fire pit. Neither of the tent spots looked too comfortable. The whole campsite, not including the beachfront or the trail, was probably 10 ft long by 10 ft wide. And all of it was very overgrown. I visited this campsite during a beautiful sunny day, and even still, it felt a bit eerie. I had the feeling that it would feel especially eerie after nightfall. At least the beachfront should get sunshine for most of the afternoon. But yeah, I wouldn’t want to camp here. It would be one of my last picks overall on Parkside Bay.

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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