Restoule Provincial Park could be one of Ontario’s best-kept secrets for adventure enthusiasts, with its numerous lakes, winding rivers, old-growth forests, and breathtaking panoramic views from the top of cliffs.
As the leaves change color in the fall, you’ll be treated to a spectacular scene of vibrant, kaleidoscopic foliage surrounding the lakes. This scenery can also be observed from the top of a stunning cliff.
Located in the southwest of North Bay, the park stretches across 2,460 hectares of pristine landscape and is approximately a 4-hour drive from Toronto.
Restoule itself holds historical significance, situated on land that has been inhabited for over 6,000 years. The lakes around the park were once part of the traditional canoe route of the Dokis Ojibwa people.
With several lakes, rivers, and beaches to explore, water activities are a compelling feature of Restoule. There are secluded areas you can navigate by boat, canoe, kayak, or paddleboard on Restoule Lake, Stormy Lake, or the Restoule River.
You can also relax on one of the park’s three sandy beaches, each with its unique highlights. Kettle Beach has volleyball nets and ample sandy space for beach activities, but if you’re seeking a quieter and more private spot, head to Putts Beach.
If you’re bringing your furry friend along, Bells Point Beach features a swimming area and a pet-friendly section.
With 6 breathtaking hiking trails, long-distance hiking is another prominent activity in the park. The Grawbarger Trail, River Trail, and Rangers Point Trail are all under 1.5 kilometers long, each offering spectacular scenery. You can extend your stay by reserving a campsite within the park, which can be done directly on the Ontario Parks website.