Bass Lake Provincial Park was previously a farm for over 100 years. Transformed into a recreational area just outside of the city of Orillia, it is now a hotspot for boating, stand-up paddle boarding fishing, hiking, and swimming because of its accommodating trails and waters. This provincial park is for those who still want the luxuries of restaurants, shopping, convenience stores, and even movie theatres just a 5-minute drive away to accompany their outdoor adventures..
Things to Do at Bass Lake Provincial Park
Enjoy Bass Lake
With picnic areas near the beautiful 10,000-year-old sandy beach, the surrounding wetlands, agriculture, and forest, compliment the clear, shallow water and make it an ideal climate for swimming.
With boat rentals for a great outing on the western shore of Bass Lake, this wonderful lake was formed 10,000 years ago due to the waves of post-glacial Lake Algonquin. A boat launch and docking facilities, as well as a nearby sandy beach and swimming areas are great accessories to a boating session out on the lake.
Explore natural and historical landmarks
The Bass Lake Park has one major trail – a 2.8-kilometer trail with numerous historic and natural attractions, winding through the Rowe Homestead, a 100-year + working farm, as well as tons of flora and fauna.
Cycling is available on part of the hiking trail in Bass Lake Park, which is paved but shared with hikers. Biking on park roads is also permitted, and allows you to see the park from new perspectives. The Uhthoff Trail from Orillia to Coldwater, as well as the Lightfoot/Millennium Trail system are also cycler favorites.
Join the discovery program during the summer
During the summer months of July and August, discover the beauty of the park at a Discovery Drop-in. Simply bring or pick up your Discovery Activity Book and discover all the flora and fauna at the park and the observe features and get your own Discovery Ranger Button.
Go skiing on groomed cross-country trails
Although Bass Lake is closed during the winter months, visitors can still access the park’s ski trails through a pay and park coin-only system or by walk-in. There are 4-kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails and a groomed hiking trail for snowshoers.
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Plan your trip to Bass Lake Provincial Park
The Park is open year round.
Camping is available from Mid May to Late September: Four campgrounds are located at the Bass Lake Provincial Park – Cedar, Hilltop, Lakeview, and Eastside. Group camping and car camping are both options, with non-electrical and electrical campgrounds, and some with access to the waterfront area.
Address: 2540 Bass Lake Sideroad East
From Toronto: ~140 km
From Ottawa: ~380 km
From London: ~290 km.
From Sudbury: ~270 km
2019 Day use fees
Daily Vehicle Permit: $11.25 to $20.00
Ontario Senior: $9.00 to $16.00
Ont. Persons with Disabilities: $5.50 to $10.00
Regular (Age 6 – 17):$1.00
Regular (Age 18 +): $2.00
Ontario Senior: $1.75
Ont. Persons with Disabilities (Age 6 – 17): $0.50
Ont. Persons with Disabilities (Age 18 +):$1.0
Enjoy the park free of charge : Spend a day in nature at the park, free for everybody on Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day.