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 »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is a beautiful park with some very challenging trails. Normally 10km is nothing for me but due to how rocky the trail is we turned at the shorter yellow, 6km trail. You've been warned! The tenting area is among the best I've seen.
  • One of the best parks we've camped in. Big beaches, private sites(site 143) and a 30 foot canoe that camp guides will take you on recreating the fur trade routes on the mattawa river.
  • Excellent park, particularly for campers, with a very good museum for everyone! While it seems to focus on Samuel de Champlain, it truly covers regional history, including Native Americans and the fur trade. Well worth a visit. Stop in. Learn. Or simply rediscover.

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