Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Batchawana Bay

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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 17.23 square kilometres (6.65 sq mi).
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  • We stayed for the day and it was amazing..we had our scuba gear so water was ok for us. The sand is great,are no chairs but is the old way of sitting and enjoyng  more »
  • Stopped twice on my travels up and down the coast. Beach was beautifully sandy and long. Water was crystal clear and refreshing. Playground for kids. Clean bathrooms. Informative bulletin boards/info....  more »
  • Our site (#465) was very wooded and private. Although I think it was considered to be a beachfront site, we couldn't really see the water from this site but we could certainly hear the waves...  more »
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  • It is a very nice park. Quiet at night. The beaches are beautiful, lots of sand and a few kilometers of sandy beach. We swam which I did not think would happen in Superior in mid August, but it was not too cold. We stayed up on the hill with an electric campsite. All the campsites are close to the beach because there is beach all along the park. A great provincial park to visit. The sites are a little too exposed to neighbours not enough privacy, but since it is radio free area it did not seem like our neighbours were too close. The washrooms were cleaned often and not busy during our midweek stay. Lake Superior is the best lakes to swim in if it is hot outside!
  • Nice quiet campground that is a good balance of rustic and modern. A few comfort stations have showers and laundry along the campground with plenty of pit toilets which still have running water to wash your hands. Non-electric sites available for those who want a more remote experience. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit with a nice grill that covers half the pit and can be flipped back for a full fire. A beach dedicated to dogs is wonderful with picnic tables and wide open spaces. A small store at the entrance of the campground offers essentials for those who travel far and a general store/restaurant/ice cream respite is only 5 minutes up the road for anything you might want or have forgotten. The water is clear and beautiful and the campground is clean.
  • This park has one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It almost feels like you aren't in Ontario anymore. the water is, however, quite cold - even in August. Great place to spend the day or to camp! The sites are lovely and there are fun activities for kids and adults alike. the comfort stations are clean and the privy's are also cleaned regularly! highly recommend!
  • Incredible world class park with the best beach in Canada. Beautiful scenic views of Lake Superior, many gorgeous campsites, with a degree of privacy. Many fantastic sites that view the lake too.
  • Such a fantastic campsite. Stayed here for 2 nights and 3 days in a single tent. We had a great experience right from the start. Check in took no more than 5 minutes, and firewood and ice were available right where you check in. The park attendants were helpful with any questions we had. Park was very clean, campsites were spaced out perfectly, and all had very easy access to the beach. The park was very well maintained. The comfort stations were amazing... clean, with hot running water in the showers and impeccable water pressure! There are also plentiful water stations and toilets scattered throughout the grounds. This park is perfect if you’re a dog person, or have dogs of your own to bring as there were dogs at pretty much every other campsite. There is even a spot for them to jump in the water and cool off. The hiking is moderate difficulty but definitely doable and you can modify the length to what you wish. The view from the lookout was breathtaking! In addition, the beach was like no other in Ontario. Soft, white sand and tropical blue water that the sun rises over in the morning and stays high above for the day. The ONLY downside to this park was the close proximity to the highway, but if you don’t mind the infrequent passing of cars through the evening/night, then this is only a minor limitation. I would highly, highly recommend this park to anyone looking for a camping getaway! Thank you Pancake Bay for the experience!

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