There’s plenty of fall hiking to do in our province, but have you ever tried fall camping in Ontario?

The warm and sunny weather forecast, epic colours, and minimal crowds make this an incredible time of year to sleep under the stars, and several provincial parks have extended their camping season into the fall this year.

According to Ontario Parks, these destinations are offering extended campsite bookings this season so you can immerse yourself in nature as the leaves change.

Rideau River Provincial Park


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This provincial park in the Ottawa region has extended its camping season until October 10, giving campers a chance to enjoy its maple, poplar, and oak trees that transform into a tapestry of bright hues in the fall.

Where: 2680 Donnelly Dr, Kemptville

Fitzroy Provincial Park


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Described as one of Ontario’s “best-kept secrets” by Ontario Parks, Fitzroy has over 200 campsites open until October 11, with plenty of waterfront sites and access to facilities like water taps, comfort stations, and laundry.

The park also has two beaches, watercraft rentals, hiking trails, and a beautiful group picnic spot.

Where: 5201 Canon Smith Dr, Fitzroy Harbour

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Balsam Lake Provincial Park

The campsites at Balsam Lake are open well into the fall until October 31, so if you layer up and keep the fire going, this spot is totally worth visiting.

The large sandy beach, hiking trails, as well as canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals will keep you busy and active during the day. And the panoramic views from the Lookout Trail make for quite the photo op.

Where: 2238 Kawartha Lakes County Rd 48, Kirkfield

Rushing River Provincial Park


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The campsites at Rushing River are open until October 11 and are considered a favourite family camping destination with playgrounds, hiking trails, and endless exploring opportunities.

Plus, the park’s museum and multitude of hiking trails will give you plenty to do while you immerse yourself in nature.

Where: Kenora, Ontario