Camping

Our Top 5 Favourite Parks to Visit Near Toronto

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Our team at A Greener Future loves to travel, experience different places, and most importantly, we love to be outside. 

With fall here and cooler weather on it's way, we’re all excited to check out some places to hike and enjoy the fall colours. We hate to say it, but our parks in Ontario are way underrated. While we wish there was enough time to visit every park there are just too many, but there are a few must sees. We’ve managed to narrow down our list down to our top 5 favourite parks near Toronto so you can enjoy the best of them before the snow flies.

 

5. Pinery Provincial Park

Two words – beautiful beach. Pinery Provincial Park has 10 km of sandy shores on Lake Huron.  Not only is it breathtaking, the park is a 2 hr 45 minute drive from Toronto. A day trip is worth it just to see the sunset.

 

4. Victoria Park

We have a history of hosting litter cleanups in Victoria Park located in Cobourg, so it’s close to our hearts. Cobourg is a fantastic little town filled with cute shops and restaurants. It's only an 1.5 hour drive from Toronto, which makes a day trip is easy. For those who love to camp, Victoria Park Campground allows you to park your trailer or pitch a tent! While you’re there, spend some time at Cobourg Beach. According to Buzzfeed, it’s one of the must-see beaches in Ontario, too.

 

3. Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Travel East along the 401 from Toronto and you'll come across Presqu'ile Park in Brighton. We have camped there as a team on two Love Your Lake treks and plan to return in the years to come. There are over 2.5 km of sandy beaches, and 16 km of trails along shorelines, woodlands and meadows. Plus, this park is a bird migration hotspot in the spring and fall. There's lots to see which is why we keep going back for more. You're welcome to join us on a camping litter cleanup during next summer's Love Your Lake program, we promise it's fun!

 

2. Bon Echo Provincial Park

It’s no surprise that Bon Echo Park is on our favourite list. It has amazing views, like the 100 metre high Mazinaw Rock. Plus, you can park your RV or opt for the scenic route and canoe into a campsite that offers a little more privacy. It takes a little over 3 hours to drive there from Toronto, but you won’t regret it.

 

1. Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park is A Greener Future's favourite park. It’s home to moose and bears, as well as a variety of waterways. Algonquin Park is the largest provincial park in Ontario. That should come as no surprise as Algonquin covers over 7,000 km of ground – that’s bigger than Prince Edward Island! Being a short 3 hour drive from Toronto, Algonquin Provincial Park is perfect for camping with your family and friends or just to take a day trip.

How To Go Zero Waste Camping

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Camping can leave a big negative impact on our beautiful parks and wilderness if we're not careful. Our team loves being outdoors, which means we camp when we can! We had the opportunity to stay at Presqu'ile PP, Sandbanks PP , Killbear PP, Fundy NP, and La Mauricie NP this summer, and we're just getting packed up to stay at Darlington Provincial Park this coming weekend. We're careful about the things we bring and do our best to camp waste free. Wondering what you can do to make your camping trip a little greener? Here are a few tips from our team:

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BYO Dishes & Cutlery

It’s almost too easy to throw a package of paper plates and a sleeve of red solo cups into our camping bags. We replace these items with reusable plates (usually the durable enamelware as many campsites don’t allow glass or ceramic), and some utensils and tools from our kitchen drawer.

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Reusable Napkins

Microfibre cloths or cloth napkins are a good substitute to paper napkins. They're great for wiping your hands, doing the dishes, or wrapping up snacks. They do require to be washed at the end of your trip, but create a lot less waste compared to standard paper napkins or paper towels.

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Pre-Pack Your Food

Pre-packing your food in reusable containers, then storing them in a cooler is a great way to avoid additional camping waste. You don't have to worry about taking out the garbage and it also keeps critters out of your food. Many camper-friendly snacks can be purchased package-free, at stores like Bulk Barn that offer reusable jar programs. This way, from store-to-campsite, you’re litter free! 

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Borrow Things You Don't Have

If you don’t own an axe, ask a friend or family member if you can borrow one! You can also find many camping items at second hand stores, like Value Village or borrow/rent them from a library of things like The Sharing Depot. We’re bringing waste to a different level here – reuse items when you can instead of buying them new. It keeps stuff out of the landfill, reduces packaging, and saves you a bit of cash!