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“A Beautiful Place to Get Away” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Massasauga Provincial Park

Massasauga Provincial Park
380 Oastler Park Drive, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 2W8, Canada
705-378-0685
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Parry Sound
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
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Midland, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A Beautiful Place to Get Away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I Love this park. We go several times every year, and the beauty of it strikes me every time.
The fishing is great, the wildlife is pretty good, and the lakes are relatively warm.

A couple of downsides: We like to canoe, but the motorboat traffic can be pretty bad, especially on long weekends in the summer. So if you are canoeing, stick to the northernmost lakes, where motorboats aren't allowed.
They have been making improvements to the park, building a visitor's centre, etc. and with improvements, comes popularity. We used to just show up with our trip plan, but now it's next to impossible to get a site, even when booking a few weeks in advance!

To those who have given bad reviews: This is a BACKCOUNTRY park, the facilities are exactly what is to be expected. At least there are facilities.

Visited September 2012
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Midland, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Wreck Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Wreck Island is part of the park and a wonderful place for a hike. There are good docks for mooring. There is a pamphlet guide for a hike across the island and around the perimeter that takes an hour. There are many interesting geological rock formations. The views of other islands in the park are breath-taking. It is a wonderful spot for a day trip.

Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“They don't have any day pass”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you want Hiking or swimming only, don't go there,
if you have boat or canoe, it is ok.
I tried to check with pet's access point admin, the staff told me they don't any day pass for PARK,
Plus the "washroom" is terrible, please hold and try to go any Marina.

Visited September 2012
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Guelph, Canada
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“Fabulous water access park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This is truly a gem in the provincial parks in Ontario. It is essentially water access only, bu there are a couple of road access points you can use to get your kayak/canoe to the water. If you have a sail or power boat, access is from several points on Georgian Bay.

Anchor-off, camp, hike. It is just beautiful. We were there in our sailboat. Navigation charts are essential. There are lots of places where larger boats cannot go. There are some user fees involved depending on what you do in the park. The park is huge. Caution is advised when navigating or hiking. Haul out everything you take in and keep it beautiful.

Visited August 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great Canoeing and Camping Experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

The Massasauga Provincial Park has plenty of reservable campsites which are only accessible by water. Some are less than 30 minutes by canoe from the put-in point, others may require several hours of intensive paddling and even a few portages.

Since 2008 I have visited this park 5 times, once I camped on an island (Wreck Island) whose at least one other occupant was an inquisitive black bear. Actually, bears can sometimes be a nuisance and thus it is advisable to hang food on tree branches—otherwise be prepared for smashed coolers, stolen food and even damaged tents. Also there is a relatively good chance to come across the only venomous snake in Ontario, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake—not a very common sight, though, as this species is quite rare and endangered.

We stayed for 3 days on a campsite located on the shore of Blackstone Harbour which was about 20 minutes by canoe from Pete’s Place and then paddled for almost 3 hours north to a campsite at Three Fingers Bay. Both campsites were great, although Three Fingers Bay was a designated mooring area and there were about 10 big yachts which spoiled the pristine view a little. The Moon River Marina, that we visited as well, had a store and an LCBO outlet (i.e., selling beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages). There are two hiking trails relatively close to Blackstone Harbour—the Moon Island Trail (4 km) and the Baker Trail (5.5 km). The latter starts at Calhoun Lodge and meanders around a blue heron rookery and the abandoned Baker pioneer homestead. It is also worth visiting the very picturesque Moon River Falls, less than 2 hours by canoe from the Moon River Marina. While staying at Three Fingers Bay, we paddled to Frying Pan Island, where the famous Henry’s Restaurant is located, and went to a small store which has an LCBO outlet with cold beer!

The whole area is quite scenic, has plenty of islands and bays and offers fairly good fishing. Wreck Island has amazing geological rock formations—the Wreck Island Trail (1.5 km) has a number of interpretive stops that explain the geology of the area. There are some private cottages in the park, cell phones worked pretty well. In the summer, especially on weekends, motorboat traffic can be quite heavy; their wake, especially in narrow channels or passages, may sometimes rock smaller crafts if they are not positioned properly towards the waves. Getting to some areas/campsites requires crossing of open and exposed waters of unpredictable Georgian Bay (which can be very risky or outright impossible to do if it is windy); therefore, it is important to listen to weather forecasts and have appropriate canoeing or kayaking skills—once I was unable to leave Wreck Island for several days due to strong winds and waves.

Visited July 2011
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