Located near Ontario’s famous all season resort, Craigleith Provincial Park showcases the best of Georgian Bay – with an intriguing shoreline, that contains a mix of 450 million-year-old fossils and fractured shale pieces. Warm sunsets are the perfect setting for water sports such as wind-surfing, paddle boarding, and launching sailboats.
The park is a great location for exploring Collingwood and surrounding area. The park provides easy access to Ontario’s famous Bruce Trail, Georgian Trail, and Blue Mountain Village.
Things to Do at Craigleith Provincial Park
Go Fossil Hunting
Can you spot imprints of the past on the brown shale that dots the shore? The park displays well preserved fossils and is among one of the very few fossil-rich localities in Ontario within easy reach of urban centre.
A half-day trip canoeing on the water
Craigleith offers two canoeing experiences within the park – a rougher, more unpredictable canoe adventure on the Craigleith shores, or a more tame and relaxed adventure at the Beaver River.
Because of its proximity to the Georgian Bay, Craigleith is home to plenty of waterfowl, as well as songbirds, hummingbirds, Blue Jays, cardinals, and chickadees.
Spring or fall offshore fishing
Sport fishing is popular in the spring and fall seasons, especially for Salmon, Whitefish, or Rainbow Trout at the shoreline of the Georgian Bay.
Attend Shivers on the Shale for Halloween
Book your spot for the Shivers on the Shale event so you can get dressed up and participate in the costume contest. Go trick or treating, carve a spooky pumpkin, or head to the haunted picnic shelter this October.
Join a Discovery Drop-in with kids
Throughout the months of July and August, discover the beauty of Craigleith 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.
Plan your trip to Craigleith Provincial Park
Though you can walk-in for a winter walk along Georgian Bay shores, this park is best visited from Spring to Fall.
Camping is available from Mid April to Late October:
Craigleith only offers tent (car) camping – with all the campsites accessible by car, and all of which are close to comfort stations. Each area has its own unique features – Area A being ideal mainly for tents, and Area C and D being radio-free.
Address: 209403 Highway 26
Craigleith Provincial Park lies on the southern shore of Nottawasaga Bay about 10 km west-northwest of Collingwood.
From Toronto: ~160 km
From Ottawa: ~570 km
From London: ~230 km.
From Sudbury: ~330 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.