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Mara Provincial Park

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Address: 181 Courtland Street, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6H7, Canada
Phone Number: 705-326-4451
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great for snowshoeing

While I have not camped at this provincial park, I have spent many winter hours snowshoeing on the trails and onto Lake Simcoe. It is beautiful and easy to access. And, I do not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Eileen Q
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Orillia, Canada
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Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

we have been camping here for over 16 years. It's definitely perfect for families with a large safe beach. The staff are friendly at the gate...easy access to wood and ice...plus close to town for last minute purchase. Kids are safe and MOST campers are respectful and quiet. The park staff are responsive if any issues. Lots of raccoons and... More 

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Orillia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

While I have not camped at this provincial park, I have spent many winter hours snowshoeing on the trails and onto Lake Simcoe. It is beautiful and easy to access. And, I do not understand why more people don't visit this gem. It is a peaceful spot to strap on snowshoes and go exploring!

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Visited this park 3-4 times. We were never there for camping purpose. Thus the visit was always free. For people who like peace and quiet, and pet owners who want to off-leash walk their dogs, spring, fall, and winter are the best seasons. You may see 1 or two people during the entire visit. Sandy beach with a beautiful view... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

My family and I stayed at Mara in August of 2013 and had pretty crappy weather for the long weekend (it rained). We were given the option of two lots- the first one was right beside a creek and was inhospitable - bugs and debris were everywhere. Thankfully, the second spot was not as bad and we were able to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This park has a great beach. Our campsites were in the non-electric back-woods portion of the site, so they were fairly private and quiet, my only annoyances were that they were too far from the lake and beach, so we had to trek over with the car and kids. Also the outhouse facility by our sites did not even have... More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Revisited this beach as an adult with friends. Small, slightly crowded but cozy beach with nice sand and nice slow slope to deeper water. Private boats park a little uncomfortably close to the buoy lines. Good family beach. Note: the restrooms were Absolutely disgusting! Worst ontario beach washroom that I have seen in years! What a shame, really contrasted with... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very nice, clean park in Orillia. We visited (for the day) on 23rd August, had a BBQ, swam, fished (to no avail) and generally did beach-goer things for a few hours. We took our own coal BBQ so I can't write about the ones in the park. Entrance was under $20 and parking very convenient, 100 metres or so from... More 

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Toronto
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband and I and our two children booked a two night stay at Mara, but due to weather only spent one night. The campsites are really quite average, not much privacy, close together, decent shade, but gravel/sand cover. The campground has a nice beach, but the playground is abysmal (metal slide!). We have been to Mara three times now... More 

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Bowmanville
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Maras sites were fairly good. If You don't mind not A lot of privacy as that doesn't bother me. Beach was very clean and water was beautiful!! My biggest peeve was the showers stations and washrooms. We have travelled to various provincial parks and they have all been at the same very high standards. Mara was not. It was constantly... More 

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Belleville, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Mara Provincial Park has a large beach, which is unique to the provincial parks in the Lake Simcoe area. It is a large sandy beach, meant for swimmers of all ages, unlike what is found at McRae Point, Bass Lake or Sibbald Point. However, it also has a nature trail through a wetland, not far from the beach. I was... More 

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