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French River Provincial Park

Highway 69 | French River, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
(705) 857-3228
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Parry Sound
Type: Parks, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Bodies of Water
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You may see Mississauga Rattlers here very rarely but so much wild vegetation is there for the eye to see. Great to walk along the French River and see the various parts of the river. Watch your step amongst the rocks though!! Keep your eyes open!!! Such an historic river with the Jesuits here long ago.

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Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

FRENCH RIVER—CANOEING ON WOLSELEY BAY AND CAMPING ON BOOMERANG ISLAND, AUGUST, 2013 Here we come, French River, again! Yes, we stayed here in 2011, two years ago, but because it was so windy every day, we could hardly paddle anywhere—even a very short trip around an adjacent island turned out to be a major chore. So, we hoped to make... More

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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We got to hike here a bit, but didn't get to paddle. The visitor center is actually quite good, there is a small admission fee, but it is really comprehensive dealing with history and nature. This small park is definitely worth a stop on the drive, and especially if you can make it to Recollet Falls.

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Informative visitor center and amazing view of French River from the bridge. Worth the 1 hour drive from Parry Sound. Also great fall colors.

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Windsor, Ontario
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at Grundy Lake Provincial Park. French River is a short 5 min drive. The Visitor Centre was beautifully done eith very interesting exhibits. It was a short 5 min drive to French River. The Recollet Falls hike was really fun...about an hour or so over rocks and exposed tree roots.. We loved the interesting variations o tge trail. We... More

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Stopped here on our way north and stopped to see the snowmoble bridge. Worth taking a few minutes to stop and walk over it. It is such a beautiful view! Really glad we stopped and looked. Did not go into the visitor centre, but for only a dollar may be worth a visit!

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Parry Sound, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

You can't camp here but you can spend a great day looking at the exhibits on the fur trade that made the French River famous. There is also a great walking trail along side of the French River. The trail is rough and requires good foot wear. Fall is the best time to see this park since the biting bugs... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This was a beautiful place to stop and unlike many of the provincial parks did not require a permit. There was a visitor center that had a museum that required the park permit or a fee, rest rooms and a small gift shops. Hiking trails one short that lead to the gorge and another slightly longer that went to falls... More

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London, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you like to canoe and camp, this park offers the spectacular scenery of the Georgian Bay delta. Take four or five days and enjoy!

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ontario
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Whether yiu actually visit this provincial park of not... you must stop at the visitor centre. An interactive experience detailing the importance of the river to Aboriginal peoples, the fur trade, missionaries and explorers. Very well done.

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