Grundy Lake Provincial Park

Location: Britt Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Natural Environment
Length/Size: 6,311.1 acres

Grundy Lake Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

From several lakes in this park off the Trans-Canada Highway, you can paddle to the voyageurs' route along French and Pickerel rivers into Georgian Bay. Beaches and smooth rocky shores provide excellent swimming. And mixed forest marks this area as the boundary between north and south. Hiking trails explore the forest.

Nine campgrounds offer 475 campsites. 138 with electrical service, all are close to lakes. Some sites can accommodate large trailers and recreational vehicles. Each site has a picnic table and fireplace and is close to vault toilets and drinking water taps. Comfort stations feature showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets. The park also offers a trailer sanitation station and a central garbage disposal and recycling area.

The Red Maple Campground is a radio-free (noise-free) and pet-free zone.

The Hemlock Campground is a radio-free (noise-free) zone.

There are ten canoe-access sites located a short paddle from the main campgrounds and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Group Camping - Grundy Lake has three group camping sites. The small site, Group#1, accommodates 15-30 people and has a water tap and vault toilets on the site. The nearest comfort station is km away. The larger sites, Group#2 and Group#3, accommodate 20-50 and 20-60 people respectively. Group#2 has a water tap on site while the nearest water tap for Group#3 is located at the comfort station. Both of the larger sites are minutes from the comfort station. All three sites are located by the water. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (705) 383-2286, on the first working day of May each year.

Picnics and Day Use - Yes
Electric Sites - 136
Visitor Centre - Yes
Barrier Free Access - Laundromat, swimming, Visitor Centre, showers, flush toilets
Park Store -The Park Store, located in the Park Office, sells park souvenirs and firewood.
Showers - Yes
Flush Toilets - Yes
Laundromat - Yes
Boat Launch - Motorboats are prohibited in the park, but a canoe launch is available.
Rentals - Hourly kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals are available during July and August at the Park Office. Daily and annual trailer storage available.
Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available at the Park Office. For a $25 refundable deposit, you can borrow a properly fitted PFD for you and your children.

Beaver Dam Trail 4.5 km (2 hours) moderate
Hike through dense forest and forested wetlands and watch for moose, bears, deer, fishers, ruffed grouse. Look up to see osprey nests in the tops of swamp-killed trees and scan the water's edge for heron. A beaver dam at the rock fracture controls the water level in Bucke Lake and affects Grundy Lake, Gut Lake and Nisbet Creek.

Gut Lake Trail 2.5 (1.5 hours) easy
This scenic trail passes through two different terrains -- rugged, bald Precambrian Shield rock and lakes, streams and wetlands that drain into Georgian Bay. If you walk quietly, you may see herons, songbirds, frogs, fox, deer, bear and moose.

Swan Lake Trail 1.5 km (1 hour) easy
This trail circles and crosses Swan Lake Nature Reserve. A boardwalk traverses a wetland alive with plants and animals and leads to an observation platform. The trail continues over bald, glacier-scoured granite rock overlooking the lake. In blueberry season, take along a bucket.

Ten backcountry campsites are accessible only by canoe These private, secluded sites on the lakes each have a tent pad, fireplace and a box toilet. They are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Park staff offer guided hikes, evening talks, children's programs and recreational skills programs. Watch park postings for event dates.

Each lake in the park yields different fish:
Clear Lake -- bass, northern pike and panfish
Grundy Lake -- walleye, northern pike, crappie, panfish and bass
Gurd Lake -- walleye, northern pike, panfish, brown bullhead and bass
Gut Lake -- northern pike, bass, crappie and panfish.
More information on fishing.

Retrace the journeys of the fur-trading voyageurs along the extensive network of interconnecting waterways inside and outside the park. (Canoe routes outside the park are not maintained.)

Maps are available at the Park Office.

Wildlife Viewing
Deer and moose are common in the park, and smaller mammals such as muskrat, raccoon, mink, fox and beaver are often spotted. More than 160 species of birds have been identified near Grundy Lake, especially in the marsh areas. Heron nests are found in at least two areas close to campgrounds.

Boating - Power boats are prohibited in the park.

The park has three swimming areas -- at Clear Lake, Grundy Lake and Gurd Lake.

Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local area or district office of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Other - Borrow sports equipment from the Park Office and enjoy a horseshoe pit, a multi-use sports field and beach volleyball.

For more information:
Grundy Lake Provincial Park
Britt, Ontario
P0G 1A0