Okay lovers of the outdoors, this one is for you. Since fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Ontario, and with no snow on the ground (yet), there is still time to discover some of the province’s parks. Did you know that Ontario Parks have cozy cottages, cabins, and even yurts you can book? They do, and they are the definition of glamping.
Why not enjoy some crisp fall nights under the stars in a heated yurt in a provincial park? If this sounds like a dream, Ontario Parks has just released its availability for the season. There are still weekends available, and you’ll also find options from Sundays through Thursdays.
If you’re looking for cabins, cottages, and yurts online, be sure to select the “Roofed Accommodation” tab on the Ontario Parks booking page. Let’s have a look at the parks, and what they have available this November!
Probably one of Ontario’s most popular parks, Algonquin has 6 yurts and 4 cabins available. Each yurt has a table, chairs, and two sets of futon bunk beds. The yurt also has electric heat, lighting, and an electrical outlet. And outside, there are picnic tables and a fire pit.
There are openings to book yurts mostly mid to end of November, and cabins are also available after the second week of November.
Another popular spot in Ontario is Arrowhead Provincial Park, which is home to 13 cabins. Here you can expect rustic one-room cabins that sleep five, and include a dining table and chairs. There is a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, coffeemaker and counter space. Outside the cabins there are picnic tables, as well as a gas barbecue.
This park has several sites that are available from November 5 to the end of the month, with only Site 224 that has no vacancies at all.
Heading a bit north to Killarney Provincial Park, where 6 yurts and 2 cabins await. There isn’t much info on the yurts, but the cabins are rustic with wood interior and a screened-in front porch. Cabins can sleep up to five people, and there is a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker, and kettle. There is also a dining table inside, and a picnic table with a gas barbecue outside. A propane fireplace is also available to keep things extra cozy.
One of the cabins has no vacancies, with the other having a few dates still available through the month. Yurts here are available throughout November.
Along the shore of Lake Huron, you will find MacGregor Point Provincial Park, which is home to 6 yurts and 10 cabins. Each yurt at MacGregor sleeps up to six people on two sets of double/single bunk beds. There is electric heat, table and chairs, and an outlet. Outside the yurts, there is a fire pit, picnic tables, and a propane barbecue. As for the cabins, they have “quality” beds, and can sleep five. They also include a microwave, mini fridge, and dining table, along with a fireplace. Outside, there is a gas barbecue and a picnic table.
Most of the yurts are booked at this park, with only Sites 46 and 48 available from November 12 until end of month. Cabins have more availability through the month.
Still along Lake Huron is Pinery Provincial Park, which has 6 yurts, and 8 cabins. These yurts are like tents, and are heated and furnished for enjoyment all year round. Inside each yurt are two bunk beds, a table and four chairs, lighting and a heater. They sleep 6 people, and there is a gas barbecue outside for cooking, along with a fire pit and picnic table. A comfort station has toilets, showers, even laundry! As for cabins, they sleep five and have “high quality mattresses”, along with microwaves, mini fridges, a dining table and coffee marker. There is also an electric fireplace, and a gas barbecue outside.
Most of the yurts at Pinery are available, with three fully booked in November (Sites 475, 480B and 480C). The cabins have more availability, and are open throughout November.
At Quetico Provincial Park, which is about 2.5 hours from Thunder Bay, you will find just three rustic cabins which have a water view, and access to hiking trails. Outhouses and toilets are “a short walk away.” These cabins are available for booking throughout the month.
At Silent Lake Provincial Park, you can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing, but you can also enjoy one of 8 yurts and 10 cabins. It is 2.5 hours from Toronto, and 3 hours from Ottawa, and these yurts sleep six. According to Ontario Parks, Yurts 5, 9, 16 and 38 include woodstoves, while the others use electric heat. They all have a fire pit and propane barbecue outside. Cabins have mini fridges, a microwave, and a propane fireplace.
Availability for the yurts are looking good, except for sites 5 and 97 which have no vacancy in November. Most cabins are still available this month.
And last but not least, we have the 5 cottages at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Probably one of the most popular parks in the summer, these cabins allow the park access year round, and are on the shores of Marie Louise Lake. Each cabin has three bedrooms, a bathroom with a large shower, and a modern kitchen. There is also a fireplace, along with pots, pans, and cutlery. There is a campfire pit and picnic table outside of each cabin.
If this sounds like something you want to try this season, dates are available for each of the five, with cabin 3 (Fairy Slipper) having most free dates this November.
There you have it, Ontario! Each location is available for booking through Ontario Parks’ website. Enjoy these parks year round, and don’t forget some marshmallows.
All information is from Ontario Parks and accurate as of November 1.