Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Batchawana Bay

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
Pancake Bay Provincial Park was established in 1968 by Ontario Parks. It is a recreation-class Provincial Park created to help preserve the fragile beach dune ecology. Pancake Bay Provincial Park has one of the highest visitor rates of all the Provincial Parks in the north-east region, and the highest number of campsites. There are 325 campsites, including 160 with electricity. There are three comfort stations. Yurt camping is available in the park. Group camping sites are also available.In 2006 Pancake Bay Provincial Park received an extension as part of Ontario's Living Legacy, and now comprises.FacilitiesPark officeThe park office is located on Ontario Highway 17 just past of the Agawa Crafts and Store (as coming from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario). The park is open during the months of May to October. Senior staff, including the superintendent, can be reached at the park office between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm during summer months. The office is open from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm with overnight driving patrol.Main campgroundThe main campground has approximately 250 sites. Two comfort stations are located in the main campground equipped with showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets. There is an amphitheater located in the campground and presentations by the park naturalists occur every weekend during the summer months. A flyer detailing the weekly events can be found in the park gatehouse. All the campsites in the main camp are within easy walking distance of the beach. The beachfront sites are subject to special premium rates. There are a large number of pull through sites for RVs and motor homes. Permits are obtained at the park gatehouse. Firewood is available for purchase at the gatehouse (7 days a week, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm) and from the park host on their site (Wednesday to Sunday, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm).
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  • I went for a solo day hike at Pancake Bay over the fall. The trail is about 7KM return and took me roughly 2-3 hours to complete. Terrain is very manageable (mostly flat with some incline) minus the m...  read more »
  • Pancake Bay Provincial park has a beach several miles long. Sand dunes rise and fall along the shore. When the lake is rough it is quite the sight. Autumn colour completes the scene. Too cold to swim ...  read more »
  • Love this Beach it's like the Caribbean of Ontario. I even ventured into the clean waters of Lake Superior in September. If you like to walk the beach this is so good for that it's a large sandy beach...  read more »
  • You'll think you are at an ocean instead of a big lake — and the star views are magnificent! Tip: book a campsite along the front row for best beach access and to avoid road noise. We liked our #236: large & quiet, with the beach right across the paved narrow road inaccessible to big rigs. Some in the 300s and 400s are right on the beach.
  • Beautiful park; the stars at night are gorgeous and very visible; you can see the milky way clearly. Lake superior is cold, but the beach is lovely. Campground staff was friendly and accommodating, allowing us to camp even after arriving at 11pm.
  • Good beach and great services. The local native art shops are very impressive and the ice cream shop/gas bar has super freidnly service like you wouldn't beleive
  • Many of the sites could use a bit more privacy, but otherwise you can't beat this park. Great staff, well maintained, and you're on the shore of Lake Superior. What more can you ask for?
  • A spectacular lookout is located a few km from Lookout Trail Road and a sturdy staircase is provided. I tried to make a trail run of the 10.5km loop, but the trail in early June was quite overgrown and missing many markers. I ran about half the distance. Beautiful park, but I would argue that it would take just one motivated staff member with a stick to whip much of the brush aside and put up a few more markers.
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