Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, Mattawa

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Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park is a provincial park in Ontario, Canada.The park spans both sides of the Mattawa River. It has an area of 25.5km2 and is about west of Mattawa, Ontario, Canada. It is administered by Ontario Parks, which classifies it as a natural environment park.This park is popular in the summer with campers, providing many recreational activities such as canoeing, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, and other family activities. The visitors centre houses the Voyageur Heritage Centre, which highlights the historic importance of the Mattawa River to the fur trade through interactive exhibits. The park is also home to the Canadian Ecology Centre, an outdoor education centre, which provides educational programs on sustainable forestry.The park is named after Samuel de Champlain, one of the first French explorers of Canada of the 17th century.
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  • We have camped here twice now, both times in the Babawasse campground, and plan to make it one of our yearly destinations. The first visit we had a bad campsite which looked ok on the website but in r...  more »
  • Beautiful place for bike riding, camping, hiking and taking in nature. Impressive facilities with clean showers, toilets and sinks. The entire campground was booked up upon arrival and we were fortuna...  more »
  • We camped here for the Sept 17 long weekend (booked in March based on the reviews), and we were somewhat disappointed. While I can understand the desire to have radio free zones near the water, the pe...  more »
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  • A quiet park with great amenities. Even when it's busy it retains an air of peace and spaciousness. Close enough for day trips to Kiosk, North Bay, and Mattawa. Nature centre is an added bonus.
  • Our stay was pretty good, but it started out rocky. We were originally booked in for 1 week in too sure 118 in the East Campground, we booked with a small tent trailer and extra tent for 6 people (4 adults, 2 little kids). Upon arrival at the site, there was not enough room for a trailer let alone an additional tent, the trailer would have sunk as the entire site was mud. When we went back to the office to discuss options, the attendant told us she was surprised that site was open, apparently it had be closed all summer, but she didn't say anything even when she saw our equipment and knew the site was bad. Thankfully, the campground was not full and we were able to get an alternative site that met our needs. Avoid this park during high water years and/or during times of lots of rainfall.
  • This is a best kept secret. This is one of the best parks we've tent camped in. Large spacious sites with good privacy and away from the road. The park is situated on the Matawa River,an historic fur trade route,which means the park offers daily canoe trips covering various routes that the voyageurs themselves paddled. With period piece costumes and sashes, the guides will take you out on 1-3 hour paddles stopping along the way to share their knowledge of the fur trade on a now recognized River in northern Ontario. They also have a $30,000. telescope with a stargazing evening hosted by park personnel. This is a very active park with numerous beaches and a number of hiking trails. You're about 10 minutes out of Matawa and an hour from North Bay so it's not that secluded. We were in site 143 which off below road level ,it's a small site accommodating our 4 person tent plus a piknik table and that was it but the sites around us were very large,site144 was very nice as it overlooked the river while seated at the tables plus you can launch yourself from these sites in a tube and drift downriver which was a popular activity for all the kids. Good park,worth visiting and a very good staff. The one thing is the camp store carries more clothing than foodstuffs so if you run out of coffee you're out of luck.
  • One of my favourite park for camping.. been there as a family at least 4 times, we love it.
  • The staff at the park are great and had great kids activities. The museum was also well done. The sites are not groomed but nice. Many sites have good privacy while others do not. The beach is very small and crowded but it is good for kids. The day use beach is the best. The water had a slight brown colour to it. The bathrooms are new with great laundry facilities but are off to one side of the park and not centrally located. Had a good experience but would say the park is average compared to other provincial parks.
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