Earl Rowe Provincial Park

Location: Alliston Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Recreation
Length/Size: 766 acres

Earl Rowe Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Every spring, rainbow trout leap up a fish ladder on their way up the Boyne River to spawn. Once occupied by Hurons and farmed by settlers, this scenic river valley has been partially flooded to create a reservoir. Visitors can paddle here, sunbathe at two beaches, swim in a pool big enough for 1,500 or hike to lookouts.

Earl Rowe has a total of 400 campsites located in two different campgrounds. Most sites have shade and 183 have electrical service. Group camping areas are also available. Call the park directly for details.

Group Camping
There are three group sites, #901 accommodates 100 people, #902, 50 people, and #903, 50 people. Group Camping allows larger groups to enjoy a rustic camping experience. Group Camp has water taps, vault toilets as well as a mini comfort station, with flush toilets and hand sinks on site. It is approximately a 1 km walk to the beach and pool. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (705) 435-2498.

Picnics and Day Use
A limited number of picnic tables are located throughout the park. Four Picnic Shelters are avaiable for rent. Call the park to reserve, 705-435-2498.

Electric Sites - 183 sites with electricity (Riverside - Heydon Way - 83, Westside - Fletcher Field - 80).

Resource Center - Yes - Located adjacent to the Park Store.

Barrier Free Access
Showers, Flush Toilets
Two campsites in Riverside Campground - Heydon Way (90, 102) are designed for use by persons with disabilities.

Fletcher's Pond Trail 2 km (20 minutes) easy
This paved barrier-free trail travels from the reservoir by the dam through the main day use area of the park to the pool located in Westbeach.

Park Store
The Park Store is located in the day use area of the park, near the beach. It offers sundry items, groceries, ice cream, camping supplies and Ontario Parks souvenir merchandise and rental items. A small concession is also located near the entrance to the pool, offering most of the above items.

Showers are located in the four comfort stations in Fletcher Field, Boyne Meadow, Trillium Woods, and Meadowbrook sections of Westside Campground and in the comfort station in Heydon Way in Riverside Campground.

Flush Toilets
Flush toilets are located in the comfort stations in Fletcher Field, Boyne Meadow, Trillium Woods and Meadowbrook sections of Westside Campground and in the comfort stations in the Riverside Campground - Heydon Way. Flush toilets are located in the day-use areas also.

Laundromat - Yes

Play Area - Playgrounds are located at the Westbeach and Main beach picnic areas and in Riverside Campground - Heydon Way, Fletcher Field and Meadowbrook loops of the Westside Campground.

Boat Launch - Yes, non-motorized

Canoes, paddleboats are available for rent at the Park Store and volley ball pitches are available on the beach. The park also offers a trailer storage compound (daily and full-year rates). Telephone for rates.

PFD Loan Service. For a $25 refundable deposit, visitors can borrow a properly fitted PFD. Staff can outfit visitors with a PFD at the pool and Resource Center.

Resource Trail 3km (45 minutes)
This trail meanders along the Boyne River taking the visitor through a variety of marsh areas and a mature hardwood stand. Interpretive panels located along the trail highlight some of the ecologically interesting areas.

Lookout Trail 5 km (1.5 hours) moderate
This trail climbs steadily uphill on what was once the shoreline of glacial Lake Algonquin. A lookout platform and panoramic view of the park and surrounding landscape awaits you at the top.

Fletcher's Pond Trail 2 km (20 minutes) easy
This paved, barrier-free trail travels from the reservoir by the dam through the main day use area of the park and ends at the pool located in Westbeach.

Little Trail 1km (10 minutes) easy
This scenic trail follows the south shore of the reservoir leading from the Dam to Westbeach.

Rainbow Run Trail 11km (2-3 hours hike) moderate, bike friendly
Rainbow run is an 11-kilometre shared-use trail. Rainbow Run connects all park trails and all park facilities without using roadways. You can walk, hike, or bike from the campgrounds to the pool, beach, park store, resource centre and park office, or find solitude and your favourite fishing spot.

Earl Rowe offers swimming in its man-made lake and at the one-acre swimming pool. The pool has lifeguards on duty. There is a separate entrance fee for the pool.
Pool Hours: (July 1 to Labour Day Monday)
Open Daily from 10:30 am - 6:30 pm

Attend a Natural Heritage Education program presented by park staff and guests. Regularly scheduled program themes include; information about the unique dam and fishladder, children's programs and educational hikes. Guest programs include; a sensational snake demonstration, Birds of Prey exhibit, and an astronomy evening. Check park bulletin boards for dates, times and locations of programs.

Park visitors can fish in the Boyne River or in the man-made lake within the park. Fishing equipment is available for use. Inquire at the Resource Center.

Canoeing - Yes. Rental's available at the Park Store.

Wildlife Viewing - Yes

Earl Rowe has a man-made lake that is suitable for non-motorized boats. Paddle boats and canoes may be rented.

Winter Activities
Visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter walks. No facilities are open after Thanksgiving.

For more information:
Earl Rowe Provincial Park
Emergency # 4998
7th Concession North, Adjala/Tosorontio
Box 872
Alliston, Ontario
L9R 1W1