Make a splash with exciting water-based adventures.
Ready for a road trip? Make it a wet trek. In Canada, behind-the-wheel wanderings can easily lead you to water. Experience grand waterfalls and Great Lakes. Historic river towns and classic coastal villages. Get out and explore the area in a canoe or satisfy your aquatic desires from the comfort of your RV on a scenic drive. Travel for a few days, a week or even longer and savor the views. Of course, you’ll find great KOA camping along the way.
Thunder Bay Canoe Country
Poised along the western end of Lake Superior, the Thunder Bay, Ontario KOA puts you in the heart of canoe country. West of Thunder Bay, Quetico Provincial Park protects more than 1 million acres of wilderness lakes. Only one road enters the park. From there, launch a canoe to revel in this vast wilderness.
No lake can match Lake Superior for sheer grandeur. East of Thunder Bay, Highway 17 follows the lake’s north shore. Head for Sibley Provincial Park and Pukaskwa National Park to access this rugged shoreline, where hiking trails lead to unforgettable Superior views.
Along Lake Ontario
West of the Brighton/401 KOA, Lake Ontario’s north shore folds into endless bays and inlets, an area known as Quinte’s Isle. Head for Sandbanks Provincial Park to romp in swales of white sand dunes or scour the skies along Lake Ontario for the migrations of birds and butterflies that pass through in spring and fall. Farther east near the 1000 Islands/Kingston KOA, tour boats head up and down the St. Lawrence River to ply the island-studded waters.
At Lake Ontario’s opposite end, water flows into the big lake with well-known drama: down the Niagara River and over Niagara Falls. Enjoy the myriad views of the famous falls, then return to the Niagara Falls KOA for an array of family fun. “Our recent stay at the Niagara Falls KOA was our first time at a KOA Kampground,” says Donna White of Simcoe, Ontario.
“We used the pool and hot tub and were impressed by the cleanliness and well-maintained facilities. There were lots of activities to keep our 4- and 9-year-old children busy and happy. We enjoyed it so much we have already booked another weekend visit as well as a week in July.”
Cape Breton Island
If you’ve ever dreamed of touring the highlands of Scotland, come to Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. Enjoy a hauntingly similar landscape of sea-swept headlands and emerald moors…and you can do it in your own RV!
From the North Sydney/Cabot Trail KOA, head north on the Cabot Trail. This 298 km (185 miles) drive traces the northern tier of Cape Breton Island, winding along the rocky coves of the Atlantic coast, across high headlands pounded by surf and through scenic fishing villages. More than a third of the trail is within Cape Breton Highlands National Park.