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.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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  • Just reserved a campsite for our summer vacation (5th time in Pancake Bay). I was very disappointed to find out that there is no more kayak rentals at the park (confirmed with an employee of the park)...  more »
  • We did a two night stop on a trans-Canada RV trip. Nice camp ground with some great beachfront sites (off season, probably impossible in high season). Nice washrooms that even have washer dryers. Down...  more »
  • It was a very interesting hike . Not too long and was mostly flat, but in the woods and some water on the paths. Great experience.  more »
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  • Every campground is gorgeous as well as the beaches and hiking trails. Just be aware that you cannot park off certian areas of the highway without your parking permit displayed, watch for signs. If you are camping I would only recommend that you not take a site facing the highway as it can be very noisy. Some sites are literally 10' from the highway so watch your kids and pets. Aside from that this park has everything to offer. If you want to fish, hike, swim, kayak, canoe etc you've come to the right place. Very friendly staff and the campgrounds are always kept clean and in working order. You do not have to pay for showers but you do need to pay for laundry. BRING YOUR CAMERA!! The scenery is some of the best you will ever see, bring extra SD cards for your camera!
  • Beautiful campground located right on Lake Superior. Friendly staff and we'll kept sites. Comfort stations and outhouse are clean and in easily accessible locations. Gorgeous beach front and hiking trails.
  • Roadtrip. We camped at Pancake Bay Provincial Park campground last night and it was awesome! Park officer recommended to us a site just a few steps from the beach (there are a lot of sites like this available). Lake Superior is a biggest sweet water lake in the world and its definitely Superior to any lake we've seen so far. We dragged our recliners to the beach and spent there all evening. Sites are large and have thick bushes around giving privacy to campers. We had neighbours on 2 out of 3 sides and it still was pretty quiet night. Camping equipped with flush toilets and private showers (seriously i saw travertine tiles in there). Firewood available at the park office for about 6$ a bundle. It was a lot of mosquitos at night though, but spray, coil or mosquito net works like a charm. Entertainment. Walk, swim or simply chill out. If you want to try something really great, visit a market located just a minutes away east from campground entrance, they have an awesome selection of local crafts. I personally recommend to try smoked lake trout available there!
  • A great park near the highway. For anyone on a long trip it's a great break.
  • Seasonal renters for second summer, AWESOME place to hike, bike, swim, sun tan. Great activities for the kids Friday to Sunday