Awenda Provincial Park Review

Review Date: October 2013

General Information / Location
Awenda Provincial Park is located on the shores of Georgian Bay, near Midland or Penetanguishene.  I’ve drivin into, and through Midland and Penetang a few times, and really enojoyed it.  They are nice little towns.  We visited this park during October, and the tree’s are just ready to change color.  It was amazing.  Some trees were Yellow, some were Orange, and some were still bright green.
P.O. Box 5004, 670 Concession 18 East
Penetanguishene, ON, ON, L9M 2G2
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Entry / Layout

AW.Overview

Once you get to the park boundry, their is a lengthy road throughout the park before the front off.  It’s a really nice drive.  The forest is thick, plentiful, and it completely surrounds the road.  All roads in this park are like they are carved through the forest.  Once you get to the front office,  the road continues to the camp grounds.

Awenda is divided into 6 camp grounds.  Have a look at the above picture for their names.  None of the campgrounds are on Georgian Bay, but are within walking distance.  Between the campsites, and Georgian Bay is a VERY steep bluff.  Each campground has their own bathroom, with showers and flush toilets.  They each also contain vault toilets, which some of them are pretty unique.  They looks new, and clean, and look like small little wood shacks.  There are also trails all over connecting the sites, and the bathrooms, etc.  The Bluff trail connects all campgrounds together.  Really easy to get around to all campsites.  Each campground has a large overflow parking spot, again with trails to the campsites.  It all seems really thought out, and organized.  There are 4 different beaches, which are also unique (explained below).

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General Discussion

We camped in Wolf cam pground.  I liked it there.  The forest is really thick there, and tree’s have a bright green color.  The thick forest makes most of the sites fairly private.  If you can position your trailer so the back side is parallel to the road, your site is a whole lot more private.  Here’s the thing about Wolf Camp ground.  The sites all have a small driveway, that are angled 45 degrees from the road.  This makes it a whole lot easier to back a trailer into the site.  If you have a large trailer, this is the camp ground for you.

Wolf camp ground also has a trail running through it, connect a few other camp grounds.  It has a central bathroom, with a large field behind it where the kids can play.  Wolf camp ground is also the closest to the water, however, it’s kinda a moot point because you can’t really walk there anyway.

One thing I did notice about Wolf, is that the road is paved.  Anytime a road is paved, it encourages drivers to drive faster.  In certain areas, some cars would drive by fairly quick.

I did check out Snake, and Deer, and they are similar to Wolf.  The problem is, they are not hydro, so I didn’t spend much time there.  The weather wasn’t the greatest when I was here, and also didn’t have time to view Bear, Turtle or Hawk.

There is a trail that goes to the beach, or a road which has ample parking.  Once down at the beach area, there are 2 beaches that are accessible right by the parking lot.  The beach consists of some sand, and large boulders.  The view is great!  There is also a beach trail, that brings you to 2 more remote beaches.  I really liked beach number 4, which is a couple km’s down the path.  The floor is sand, surrounded by boulders, which is really unique.

There are 5 different trails at Awenda Park.  One trail goes around, and through the whole park.  It connects all the sites, and camp grounds.  I biked on part of this trail, and encourage you to take the whole trail.  The trail is well groomed, and great for a family bike ride.  I suggest going around it clockwise.  Another trails starts at beach 1, and goes all the way to beach 4.  I strongly suggest this trail!.  There is also a beaver dam trail down by the beach that winds through a stream, and small pond.  This is a great trail to walk, as it only takes a few minutes.  Another trail goes around a lake (I didn’t go on this trail).  There is also a walking trail, that visits a few old foundations, and farms, and goes to the bluff.  Umm.., I don’t suggest this trail.  It’s kinda boring, and ends abruptly with NO few of the water.  If you want to hike, then take it, but it’s fairly uneventful.

The road in and out of Awenda

The road in and out of Awenda

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

Beach #4

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Beach Trail

Beach Trail

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Beaver Pond Trail

Beaver Pond Trail

Beaver Pond Trail

Beaver Pond Trail

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

Beach area 1-2

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One of the hiking trails

One of the hiking trails

One of the hiking trails

One of the hiking trails

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Main bathroom

Main bathroom

Best Campsites

I didn’t really collect a list.  If you have a trailer, back it into position, so it’s parallel with the road.  You then get a site that’s really private.   Most of the campsites in Wolf are private.  I would suggest camping far away from the bathroom, as the field behind it is filled with children, and the noise really echo’s through the park.

Pro’s

– Thick forest

– Lots of trails, and activities

– Water access is really unique, and nice

– Very organized camp grounds, and very clean

Con’s

– Drive to the beach

– Paved roads cause cars to drive faster

Should I camp here?

Heck Yes! One of my new favorite parks!  They really spent time organizing this park, and it shows!  Lots of trails connecting the park, and they are all groomed well.  I really like the thick forest, and bright green trees.  I really liked the water areas (I didn’t say beaches because of how rocky they are).

8 thoughts on “Awenda Provincial Park Review

  1. Hi Nate, Thank you for the review of this park. I was planning to camp here this year but was unable to. I am looking forward to going in 2014. I am planning to stay in wolf and was wondering how big the sites are for tent camping. We usually camp with another family and have 2 big size tents. Just wondering if the sites are large enough to accommodate 2 tents and have room for the kids to run around, as well as parking of one car. thanks

  2. Hi Nate, We stayed this campground for the first time last June 2013. You’re right! The campsites were really big and the trees beautiful. It must have been stunning in the fall. The only downside to this park were the beaches. They were very, very rocky and virtually unswimmable. We asked one of the park staff if there was a more sandy beach area for our small children. He said yes, it’s just down this path, a 45 minute walk!! 45 minutes to a beach you can swim in! OMG. Nice pictures and I love your camper.

  3. Have to say, one of my favorite parks too! Went there last August with my daughter and we had a great time. Stay in Wolf campground. The only thing I do not like is the beaches and the walk. We actually go to the dog beach now .. which is actually very clean and ppl socialize too – wow must be the dogs ! But make sure you have a full tank of gas if you driving every day down to the beach and staying longer than a weekend. As well outside the park .. if you turn left just down the road at a farmers house (big sign) you cant miss it – they sell bundles of wood for half the price. My daughter luvs going here.

  4. We camped here approx. 5 years ago. Nice park but too shady. We had rain and by the time we left, we had mold starting on the windows of our trailer. The open area was nice for the kids. The park staff were very strict as far as any noise. We wouldn’t go back.

  5. For some reason I was missing quite a few photos of my own when I camped here with my family. Your photos are just a perfect reminder of how we enjoyed camping here… despite the cold season. It was my son’s first camping. Him and my daughter enjoyed the experience. http://hikecampandtravel.com/ontario-awenda.php

    • Looks good! We recently got back from the Pinery with our new son. He’s 3 months old! It was also chilly, and windy, but I think he LOVED IT! Thanks for the comments.

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