- Can I camp in Frontenac Park?
- How many sites are available?
- How many people can I register on a campsite?
- How long can I stay on a campsite?
- How much does it cost to camp at Frontenac Park?
- What are the fees for Youth Groups?
- Can you reserve a campsite at Frontenac Park?
- Where can I park my vehicle?
- Are motorboats permitted on the interior lakes of the Park?
- Can I use my mountain bike, ATV, horse, etc on the Park's trails?
Yes, for day use of Frontenac Park, you must purchase a Daily Vehicle Permit ($14.00/vehicle). Note that a Summer Vehicle Permit ($107.63) is available. It enables a vehicle and its occupants to enter any Ontario Provincial Park for day use from April 01 to November 30. Similarly, a Winter Vehicle Permit ($70.06) goes on sale around November 01 and is valid from December 01 to March 31. Finally you can purchase an Annual Vehicle Permit ($150.57) that is valid from April 01 to March 31.
Day Use for Ontario Senior Citizens is $11.00 per vehicle. For Disabled Persons or qualifying Youth Groups, the fee is $7.00 per vehicle. *All prices include HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).
Summer Vehicle Permit......$107.63
Winter Vehicle Permit......$ 70.06
Annual Vehicle Permit......$150.57
Yes, but only at designated campsites for which you are registered. Note that only interior camping is available. This means that you cannot drive your car, tent trailer, or RV to a campsite. The sites are reachable only by hiking or paddling.
In Frontenac, campsites are grouped in small clusters scattered over the Park area. The Park has 13 clusters most of which have four campsites (cluster #2 has 3, #5 has 2, #13 has 3) for a total of 48 campsites. Each campsite sports a tent pad, a firepit and a picnic table. Each cluster includes a privy. The photo below shows campsite 7A.
The maximum number of people that can be registered and occupy a tent pad is 6 (six). Tent pads measure roughly 14 x 14 feet, limiting the type of equipment to be used. Each tent pad will accommodate two 2-person tents or one 4-6 person tent. All tents must be on a tent pad!
Campers can stay at any one campsite cluster tentpad location a maximum of three (3) consecutive nights. You must vacate the site by 14h00 on the date you depart from the site.
For overnight camping you must obtain an Interior Camping Permit which includes parking for vehicles. NOTE: the permit MUST be obtained at the Park Office during normal business hours PRIOR to entry into the interior. The park accepts payment by cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and debit card - no personal cheques. The rates are:
Per Person per night(Age 18-over)
Senior (65 and over).......$9.49
Per Person per night(Age 6-17)
There is no cost for children under 6 years of age.
Youth Groups wishing to visit Frontenac Park for Day Use or Camping are requested to contact the park (613) 376-3489 for further information as certain conditions apply. Eligible youth groups fees are $7.00 per vehicle for day use. For camping, the fees will be $5.93 per person per night for 18 years an over and $2.54 per person per night for 6-17 years old.
The sites at Frontenac are available for reservation beginning Monday, May 2nd through to Oct 30th. Read the Park Information Guide page 7 for reservation details. Note: As a backcountry park, reservations can be made at Frontenac over the phone (1-888-668-7275) but starting in 2013 you can also reserve on-line.
Permits are required for all park use, year-round. From late October through to early May, reservations cannot be made and Frontenac operates on a first come, first served basis. When the Park Office is closed, there is a Self-Serve Registration System for Day Use and Interior Camping. The Self-Serve Fee Station is located in a pod connected to the Park Office by an extension of its roof. (It is on the right as you walk the path toward the Park Office). You will need exact cash. Please read the instructions posted on the Self-Serve Fee Station wall carefully.
Parking facilities are provided adjacent to the Park Office. Vehicle access to Big Salmon Lake and Arab Lake is permitted from late April to late October, yearly. Parking facilities at these locations are limited. From November 1 to late April, the road to Big Salmon Lake is closed to vehicles and visitors must park in one of the lots adjacent to the Park Office.
Once you have obtained your permit, you must park your vehicle at a parking lot prior to embarking on your trip. Leave a copy of your valid permit on your vehicle's dashboard.
No. A regulation introduced in September (1983) prohibits the use of motors. Electric motors may be used on Big Salmon Lake only. Note that whenever you bring a vessel into an Ontario provincial park, you require a valid permit.
No. The use of mountain bikes, bicycles, horses (and other pack animals), and all motorized vehicles on the trails is prohibited.
Yes, but you must keep your dog on a leash at all times while in the Park. You must also pick-up after your pet and keep it quiet so that it does not disturb other visitors.
No. Firearms are totally prohibited within the Park's boundaries.
Yes. There is no can or bottle ban at Frontenac, however you MUST carry out what you bring in.
The following guidelines are based on consideration for the park environment and other park users:
- Hike only marked routes. Do not leave the trail.
- Protect all trees and plants. Never strip bark from trees or pick flowers or plants.
- Protect all wildlife. Do not harm animals or birds.
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times while in the park.
- Light fires only in designated campsite fireplaces. The use of portable stoves is encouraged if cookouts are planned in the interior.
- Do not rinse soap into waters. When washing dishes, etc., remove water from the lake or stream and dispose of soapy water away from the waterbody.
- Camp only at designated campsites, for which you are registered. Do not clear your own site.
- Fireworks and firearms are prohibited within Frontenac Provincial Park.
- Do not litter. Carry out what you bring in.
When you register for camping at the Park Office, you will be asked to initial your permit that you have read and understand the general park rules.
A water cairn with treated water is located at the Park Office. To be safe, untreated water from the interior lakes and streams should be boiled at a rolling boil for a minimum of 1 minute prior to consumption. (It can also be filtered and treated with purification chemicals.) The evening meal is an ideal time to boil the next day’s water for drinking.
There are no official beaches with lifeguards in Frontenac. However, numerous small sandy beaches are found on the lakes in the interior of the Park. Caution should be used if swimming anywhere in the Park.
No, fires are permitted only at designated campsites. All hikers, campers and fishing enthusiasts are encouraged to use backpacking stoves to reduce the risk of forest fires and help the Park's environment.
In the interior of the Park, help is not close at hand. This is all the more reason to exercise caution at all times. A good quality first aid kit is a must while travelling in the Park's interior. There is an outside public phone at the Park Office - call 911 in an emergency. Mobile phone service is not reliable in the Park area.
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