Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Apsley

Categories: Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is a 375km2 area of preserved wilderness and recreational areas in south-central Ontario, Canada. It is located to the north and east of the main belt of the Kawartha lakes primarily in the township of North Kawartha. It is the largest single area of preserved land in the southern part of the province .The park was expanded from its original size of 18.6km2 to its current size in June 2003. It was previously a mostly-wilderness tract enclosing Bottle Lake and Sucker Lake, and accessible primarily by canoe, many by portage routes only. It now encloses many more small lakes as well as all of Anstruther Lake, and has many cottages and access roads.As of May 2011 the park officially became operational and ministry permits for camping and parking are now required. Campsites are designated and provided with picnic tables, fire rings and thunder boxes Official Ontario Parks' maps indicate the park boundaries and exclude small tracts of land which contain pre-existing cottages. Additionally, some cottages on Serpentine and Copper Lakes remain without owning land remain and continue to use motor boats.Municipally, the park is completely within Peterborough County; about two-thirds of its area is in the township of North Kawartha, and the remaining western portion is in the township of Trent Lakes.
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  • We entered the Anstruther Marina site and parked our vehicles. Then a woman came shouting at us to leave. She told us this was private property . There was no board indicating that this was private pr...  read more »
  • I have canoe-tripped in this park 3 times now, and have never been disappointed. We always use the Anstruther Marina as our access and outfitters- they are friendly and helpful and a pleasure to deal ...  read more »
  • We took our 8 yo on his first backcountry canoe trip to Sucker Lake from the Bottle Lake Access and stayed at site 120 for two nights. The 90m portage between the lakes keeps Sucker Lake a motor-free ...  read more »
  • I have been here many times for backcountry camping and it is always an amazing experience. The park is well organized and well maintained. The website allows you to view photos and information of sites before you book, and you can book the exact site you want which I love (different from Algonquin Park where you can only book the lake). All of the portages were clearly labeled and the campsites come equipped with a picnic table and firepit with grill. I highly recommend this park for weekend trips and for people with all levels of experience. And of course the scenery is beautiful.
  • I enjoy this park. It's best once you get off the lakes with boats and cottages. We've seen deer, beaver, Martin, bald eagle, snakes, a couple different kinds of turtles, and a few other animals, and have also caught a couple of fish over the years.
  • Many lakes are just beautiful and breath taking just the expansion of the park and it's rules suck. Use to be more populated and see fellow hikers thru there. Now it's over grown and need a indigenous native guide to help one thru the park. Lucky a few of us knew the trails before the park expanded and would take care of those trails but due to new rules and regulations can't do so anymore. Aside from the management it's a great area.
  • I am very saddened by my experience with Kawartha. I have been in 7 different parks, and this is by far the worst. It costs about twice as much than other parks, but you get half the facilities and wilderness. There is no visitor desk, or official facilities only a small information keoisk. No map. No permits. Nothing. Luckly, the marina is amazing and helpful which substitutes the useless "information" call center. The map is not very helpful. Lots of cottage land is not marked, and some portage entrances, paths, and canoe routes are inaccurate. There are many park goers (I asume cottagers and just careless campers) who leave SO much garbage all throughout the portages and campsites. Be prepaid to see more beer cans than wildlife. Additionally, cottagers leave their old boats to rot throughout the park making it look like a dump. We planned on staying for 6 days, but actually left a day early as it just wasn't anything like the other ontario parks...
  • Beautiful park mainly for canoeing, not ideal for hiking or biking. I loved the visit, the place had a certain charm, and wild ambiance which I love.
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