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Address: 181 Courtland Street, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6H7, Canada
Phone Number: 705-326-4451
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In a forest right by the water

We did not camp but this was a busy little place. Not a huge campground but everyone seemed to be having a good time. Most lots seemed big with fair privacy. The beach is not a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Pamela D
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Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did not camp but this was a busy little place. Not a huge campground but everyone seemed to be having a good time. Most lots seemed big with fair privacy. The beach is not a bad size but very busy. Lots of families with small kids. However, unlike many other provincial parks this one is minutes away from restaurants,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't expect this to be such an awesome Provincial Park! Not only is it 1.15 hrs from my home town of Brooklin...large wooded camp site (we had site #32 and fits our trailer and more!)...clean showers/washrooms (strong shower pressure!!!)...sandy clean shallow beach...Walmart/Timmie/Wild Wing/McDonald's/Casino Rama ETC all close by. Will come back again! Great time!!!

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Thank Kathleen T
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The lots are nice and big and somewhat private. The showers were very cold and not very clean. Laundry facilities would be nice for travellers from far away

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Thank Eric S
Port St Lucie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We love this beach.We get to it by boat and anchor within 20 ft and walk to shore on a clean sandy bottom. The beach is a wonderful play ground and we bring our young grand kids whenever they visit. We also like to take a break from the water and walk miles inland through wondrous tall pines, maples, oaks... More 

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Barrie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Went for a day trip Lovely clear water Dog accessible Great for paddle boarding and swimming Boaters too! Trails to walk Bring an umbrella for shade

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Price matches location rather than park itself (got to love cottage country.) There isn't much to Mara other than the beach. The beach is nice enough, and was clean. The size means that you're quite packed, and with a lot of young families expect a lot of yelling after children. Overall an enjoyable trip, but not of any considerable higher... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

If you are looking for a wide open clear beach with shallow access, this is a great spot. It's not a big park, but it has some really nice camping spots, great breezy beach with welcome shade from trees near the sand, and lots of picnic tables. I would not really recommend this park as a day-trip unless you want... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Mara beach is one of my favourite Ontario beaches. I brought my kids there a few times and the entire park is always clean and well kept. The sandy beach and shallow lake water are just perfect for kids to play. sometimes the beach gets a little crowded since it's pretty close to GTA.

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Thank litefire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Open on the May long weekend. This park has lots of trees, so privacy is good. The beach area is wide and full of smooth sand, excellent for sun bathing. The swimming area is long, sandy and shallow, a fantastic area to let the kids play without worrying of the water being too deep. Overall the park, although smaller, is... More 

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Thank Ryan D
Washago, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Beautiful park with areas of mature trees on Lake Simcoe, really close to town. Good beach for kids.

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