Algonquin & Beyond


Lake Name: Parkside Bay

Number of Campsites: 20

Number of Permits Issued: 19

Closest Access Point: Smoke Lake (#6)

This Report: Campsite #20

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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I knew before even arriving to the shore that I was going to like this campsite. From the water you can see the big rocky shoreline and the beach landing. There’s also the nearby island out front with a trail of scattered rocks connecting the peninsula campsite with the island. It’s quite picturesque. Directly in front of the official orange campsite marker is a small landing, but if you wrap around the rocks, it will reveal a better pebble beach option. The front shoreline is dominated by rocks and pebble beach, with multiple layers of interesting physical attributes. In lower water levels the nearby island may be accessible by foot, but that wasn’t the case when I visited. To get from the shoreline into the main campsite requires a short but steep incline that needs to be navigated. Once inside, the main campsite is very open and spacious. The sparse and scattered trees allows you to see far back into the peninsula. The fire pit is really well built, but unfortunately there is only one bench for seating. It would be great for a small group, but if you’re travelling with more than two people, you’ll want to bring some chairs. The views from the fire pit and inside the campsite are limited, but if there’s nice weather, you’ll probably be spending most of your time at the shoreline anyways. There are plenty of flat tent spots to choose from nearby. Due to the location of the peninsula, and the fact that there is decent tree coverage, this campsite would be well-protected from the elements. The main exception would be if there was strong wind coming from the southwest, but even still, it would only be bad if you were hanging out at the shoreline. This campsite also offers decent privacy, relative to other campsites on Parkside Bay. There would likely be a lot of people passing by as they enter and exit the lake, but once everyone gets settled at their own campsite for the evening, it would be one of the more private options.

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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