Driftwood Provincial Park

Location: Stonecliff Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Recreation
Length/Size: 1,042.8 acres

Driftwood Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

The building of Des Joachims hydroelectric dam in 1950 created this sheltered bay on the Ottawa River. At Driftwood, you can camp and swim along the sandy shore, and hike to lookouts for panoramic views of the river. Fishing and canoeing can take you deep into the countryside on both shores.

Driftwood has 80 campsites, 20 of which have electrical hookups. Most sites have magnificent views of the Ottawa River and the Laurentian hills beyond. Ice, firewood and a few souvenirs can be found at the gatehouse. There are two group camping areas.

Group Camping - Driftwood has two group camping areas, one that accommodates 40-60 people, another that accommodates 20-30 people (this site also has an electrical hook up). Both sites have washrooms and water taps on site. The first site is 1.5 km from the comfort station, the second is km; the first site is 1/2 km from the beach, the second is 1.5 km. Reservations can be made by calling Samuel de Champlain P.P. at (705) 744-2276.

Picnics and Day Use
Spend the day on a sandy beach and swim in the Ottawa River. Or launch your boat for a day on the water.

Electric Sites - 20
Barrier Free Access - Showers, flush toilets
Showers - Yes
Flush Toilets - Yes
Laundromat - Yes
Boat Launch - Yes
Rentals - Canoes, boats and motors

Beaver Dam Lookout 2 km (1.5 hours) moderate
Circle an active beaver pond and read all about beavers and their impact on the environments at six interpretive stops. The trail also leads to a spectacular view of the Ottawa River.

Chevrier's Creek 9.5 km (4 hours) moderate

Oak Highland Trail 1 km (30 minutes) moderate
This trail climbs steeply to a lookout with a panoramic view of the Ottawa River.

Fish for yellow pickerel, northern pike and small mouth bass in the Ottawa River. Nearby lakes are stocked with lake and speckled trout and splake. The Dumoine River on the Quebec side directly across from the park is known for its excellent pickerel fishing. (Don't forget to buy a Quebec fishing licence!)

From Driftwood, you can explore river routes inland on both sides of the Ottawa River. Two Ontario routes lead to the northeastern corner of Algonquin Park.

Wildlife Viewing
Deer roam and more than 200 species of birds have been spotted in this treed, riverside park.

The Ottawa River is excellent for all types of boating. Launch your boat in the day-use area of the park.

There's swimming at three separate sandy beaches.

Winter Activities
Although the park is gated in the winter, you can enter on foot for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

For more information:
Driftwood Provincial Park
Stonecliff, Ontario
K0J 2K0
(613) 586-2553
(705) 744-2276 October to April