Ontario boasts 280 Provincial Parks. Neys Provincial Park is one of many located in Northern Ontario and offers plenty of hiking, boating, camping, and other activities. Located within a short drive of town, this park is the perfect place to spend a weekend or several days.
Neys Provincial Park
With nearly 150 camping sites, Neys is a great place to stay for a few nights. Over half of these sites offer electrical services, which is great for those who camp using a trailer. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t have any problem getting a spot. However, if you are like us and decide to go last minute on a long weekend, then call ahead. When we arrived, there were only a couple of spaces left. Had we arrived any later, we would have found the campgrounds to be full.
The sites offered at Neys are a nice size. Plenty of room to set up a tent, park your vehicle and still have space to move around freely.
With water taps and washroom facilities scattered throughout the campsites, you never have to go far to have access to these amenities.
Just make sure you bring some warmer clothes. This is in Northern Ontario and even summertime can be quite chilly. We made the mistake of trusting the weather forecast, even though we know better, and froze when we stayed here at the beginning of August. I’d highly suggest bringing heavy sweaters, extras blankets, and perhaps even a toque to sleep in just in case. Trust me, you don’t want to be caught without proper clothing when it dips down to 5C (41F) at night.
Neys boasts 6 different hiking trails. One of the best things is that they range from beginner to advanced, so no matter what there is a trail for everyone. I have been on four of the trails and they are beautifully maintained. I will admit that there are a few spots where it can be easy to lose your way. There a multiple spots that look like the trail but you will realize quickly that it’s not. It only looks that way because many other people before you have made the same mistake and essentially worn down a mistake trail. Keep an eye out for the trail markers, some of which are easier to see than others, to make sure you don’t get lost.
For those who are looking for an easy trail, I would highly recommend the Dune Trail. At just over 1 kilometer long, it’s a nice short walk. The ground is very even and the trail is very obvious. It is perfect for those who are beginners when it comes to hiking or may not have the physical capabilities to hike over rocks and other obstacles. We first took out son on this trail when he was two years old and though it took us a long time to do it, he had no problem completing it.
The Lookout Trail is perfect for the in-between hiker. One who wants a bit more of a challenge than the Dune Trail but doesn’t want an extreme challenge. This is the extent of my hiking level but it is a pretty good trail. There are a few spots that have a bit of iffy footing, but if you go slow then you will be fine. This trail does have a couple of spots where the trail markers aren’t obvious.
While at the park, be sure to hit up the visitor’s center. They are regular activities and presentations given that give you a chance to learn around the plants and animals that inhabit the park. Even when there isn’t an activity happening, the staff are more than happy to share their knowledge, recommend trails and activities based upon each person’s level or just chat.
Guided tours are also available through the visitor’s center. It’s a great way to get an in-depth look at the ecology while out on a hike.
What else to do
After you have enjoyed the various hiking trails, checked out the visitor center activities and headed to the beach, you may be wondering what else can you do? Honestly, one of the best things is to simply relax at your campsite. Whether you are camping in a trailer or a tent, you can find things to do at your campsite.
Reading books is a great way to relax and rest after a long day of hiking the trails. When you have a TBR as big as mine, you need to read at every opportunity. So naturally, we brought some books with us and took reading breaks between our hiking adventures.
Don’t forget to roast some Twizzlers while you are there! What, you thought I was going to say marshmallows, didn’t you? Well, I suppose you can do that too. However, roasting Twizzlers is an odd family tradition that started a couple of years ago. We happened to bring Twizzlers with us and my husband wondered if they could be roasted. Yes, yes they can.
Neys Provincial Park – In pictures
Have you ever been to Neys Provincial Park? How about other Provincial or National parks in Canada?