French River Provincial Park, French River Provincial Park

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  • Welcome to shield country. The land is scraped by glaciers leaving many areas of poor drainage, hemmed in by rocks with the hollows gouged out by the ice. So lots of ponds, beaver to help block stream...  more »
  • Near the end of September, a friend and I checked the weather and decided to canoe from Hartley Bay to the mouth of Georgian Bay. September was an awesome time to go. The waters, for the most part, we...  more »
  • We took the trail from the welcomr centre to the falls. It was a great hike and workout. The falls was small...more like big rapids.  more »
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  • This province has a beautiful nature. Renting a canoe and camping along the river was an amazing Canadian experience! We would have loved to have seen more of the wildlife in action though. But the landscape on a sunny day was good already!
  • What I did: Canoed down from Hartley Bay Marina, camped on Wanapitei Bay, canoed down the Main Outlet, into Bass lake, went further down Bass Creek and camped on the island west of Obstacle Island. Same route on the way back but faster since the wind was with us. :) My experience: Lots of fun but to be honest, I got sick of seeing so many rocks. Also, its not as 'wild' as I would have wanted it to be. Too many cottages all over the place. Which is why I'm giving this park a 4. Although, the jack pines were really cool to see.
  • The French River Visitor Centre has a great little museum with high quality and engaging exhibits that explain the significance of the region. We make a point of visiting every time we camp at Grundy Lake. There is a short and relatively easy hiking trail from the museum that will take you to the river, giving you the opportunity to see this historic river up close. The Visitor Centre is where you purchase your camping permits, has clean washrooms, coffee and a decent-sized Ontario Parks gift shop. The visitor centre is well worth the visit - especially if you are looking for something to do on a rainy day when you are camping nearby. Useless trivia note: parts of the Disney movie, "Camp Rock 2" were filmed at the visitor centre. You can walk where Demi Lovatto and Jonas Brother's walked! LOL!
  • Visitor centre was closed. Maybe that's why the park admission was free? A good spot for a picnic. Historic significance (see photos of the plaques for details).
  • Great visitor center with museum! Make sure you go across the bridge, fantastic view of the French River!