Added by Thomas Ostapchuk
One of the most stunning and least-known jewels of Ontario, the French River Provincial Park is an adventure packed with wildlife, first-class fishing, and some of the most scenic views in the province. Paddle to the "Devil's Door" at the edge of Georgian Bay where you will pass Otters and Bald Eagles, camp on rocky islands, and see rock-scapes and water chutes that will steal your heart.
French River Provincial Park is known for backcountry camping through its winding waterways and near-complete seclusion. There is lots of wildlife, great fishing, and stunning night skies to boot.
Set your GPS to the Hartley Bay Marina where you can park your car and pick up (or unload) your canoe/boat. Buy your map and speak with the attendant for your route options on getting to Devil's Door. There are many marked campsites along the way, and some notable fishing spots. It's about a two-day canoe in either direction to Devil's door, so aim for 4-5 days stay in the park.
Be prepared to paddle hard (if canoeing) into some headwinds for up to 6-8 hours a day. Once you reach the Devil's Door, you will realize it all worth it.
- Cash/credit cards for camping fees + canoe rental (if necessary)
- Buy a map!
- Sleeping mats
- Tarps for when it rains
- Water sterilizing tablets/solution
- Clothes, personal camping gear
- Sun screen, BUG SPRAY! (The bugs can get bad after sundown)
- Cookware, food, stove or fire gear
- First aid kid/emergency supplies
- Canoe (or rent)
- Life jackets (or rent)
- Dry sacks for all of your stuff
Fishing gear + Ontario fishing license
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
ReviewsLeave a Review
Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to Cataract Falls at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
Canada / Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
The main parking lot is off of McLaren Road on the north-east side of the park, with an honour-pay system. Multiple hiking loops are well marked, with clear "Falls this way!" arrows on every sign.
Photograph the Toronto Skyline from Polson Pier
Canada / Jennifer Kateryna Koval's'kyj Park
Polson Pier has a small park at the very end near the nightclub that is ideal for taking dawn/dusk and night photos of the city.