Where to Camp and Cottage this June and September

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If you’re looking to nab that pristine campsite or cottage on a weekend this July or August, you might be out of luck by now. But if you’re willing to get away in June or September, when campgrounds and cottage rentals are slightly quieter in Hastings County, keep reading. These 12 options across the region should still have room for you.  


As of April 8 at 12:01am, a Declaration of Emergency and Provincewide Stay-at-Home order came into effect. For details regarding provincial restrictions, please visit Ontario.ca. In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order. Please follow the guidelines. This blog post is intended for locals’ inspiration only.

Cottage Getaways

Silgrey Rustic Resort

This down-to-earth and peaceful resort is located 40 kilometres northeast of Bancroft on the York River. There are 7 cabins on the property, each with 1 to 4 bedrooms. All are equipped with full kitchens, barbecues, and non-powered watercraft. Washroom facilities include a shower house and outdoor toilets. Book here if you’re looking for rustic charm, serene river vibes, and great fishing.    

1011 Havergal Road, Boulter
613-332-6359 | silgrey.ca

Belcast Cottages

These five colourful cottages are found about 25 minutes northwest of Bancroft on beautiful Baptiste Lake. Each one sleeps 4 to 6 people and has a full kitchen, half bathroom (there is a communal shower house on the property), screened in porch, picnic table, two Muskoka chairs, and a boat. The one-acre property also features 250 feet of sandy waterfront, communal firepit, and hiking/biking trails nearby.  

1799 North Baptiste Lake Road, Maynooth
613-332-4550 | belcastcottages.ca

Footprints Resort

Need a break from the kids? Consider this upscale, adults-only resort on a private lake just 20 minutes west of Bancroft. There are a variety of accommodation options here, including villas and cabins. Some have kitchens, outdoor showers, hot tubs, and porches. There is a self-catering kitchen on the property, as well as barbecues, communal hot tub, gazebo, beach, campfire pits, and a long dock extending out into the lake.  

2844 South Baptiste Lake Road, Harcourt
705-927-2443 | footprintsresort.com

Heritage Trails Campground

While this campground east of Marmora may be best known for its RV and trailer options, there are also five log cabins available to rent. The simple 12-by-12-foot chalets have a double bed, single bunk beds, and mini fridge inside. Outside is a stone firepit, picnic table, and charcoal barbecue. There is mini putt onsite, playgrounds, and a long multi-use trail that runs right by the property. 

178 KOA Campground Road, Marmora
613-472-2233 | heritagetrailscampground.com

Beachwood Hollow Resort

Gerry and Joanna Ebel run this family-friendly resort on Stoco Lake in Tweed. The 11 fully-equipped cottages here have 1 to 3 bedrooms and are not only near a groomed sandy beach but are within walking distance of shops and restaurants. There is a boat launch and docks here too, as well as a children’s play area, water slide and raft, and paddleboards and kayaks to rent.

275 Victoria Street South, Tweed
613-478-5353 | beachwoodhollow.com 

Bridgewater Retreat

Tucked away on a six-acre forested property on the Skootamata River sit 18 historic log cottages. Three of them are large, accommodating 4 to 10 guests, and come with full kitchens and bathrooms. The other 15 small cabins accommodate 2 people and have access to a communal kitchen, shower house, shared barbecues, and shared firepits. The tranquil property features a private sandy beach and complimentary boat rentals.

25 Retreat Road, Tweed
613-604-7892 | bridgewaterretreat.ca     

Camping Adventures

Lake St. Peter Provincial Park

Its proximity to Algonquin Park may make some overlook Lake St. Peter Provincial Park, but the remoteness and ease of access to the 65 car camping sites here should make it very attractive. Several campsites are on the water and all are spacious, sheltered by the mixed forest, and close to washrooms, showers, laundry, and drinking water. There are two sandy beaches in the park as well as three hiking trails and canoes and kayaks to rent.  

356 Lake St. Peter Road, Lake Saint Peter
613-338-5312 | ontarioparks.com/park/lakestpeter

Bancroft Campground

Close to Bancroft but on placid Bird Lake just north of town, Bancroft Campground is a quiet family- and pet-friendly camping area. There are 35 large, shady, well-spaced, and level tent, RV, and trailer sites available here for overnighters. Amenities include lake swimming, a pool, playground, horseshoes, volleyball, and an indoor rec room. Non-motorized boats are also available for rent, and there is an ATV trail nearby.

98 Bird Lake Road, Bancroft
613-334-9957 | bancroftcampground.ca    

Musky Bay Resort

This cottage, trailer, and tent resort is located on the northern edge of Baptiste Lake about 20 minutes northwest of Bancroft. There are 10 campsites for transients on this peaceful property that features lakeside relaxation and swimming, as well as fantastic nearby fishing. You’ll find a variety of fish in these waters, including musky, lake trout, pike, bass, catfish, and walleye. Kayaks and fishing boats are available to rent. 

1535 North Baptiste Lake Road, Maynooth
647-823-5823 | muskybay.ca

Sandy Bay Family Campground

With just seven overnight campsites, this may be a small, quiet campground, but it has all of the amenities you need to enjoy beautiful nights under the stars in the Canadian Shield. Located on Kamaniskeg Lake, near Combermere, the pet-friendly property has a beach, boat launch, and bike trails nearby. Restaurants are also not far away if you need a meal away from the firepit or camp stove.

92 Sand Bay Road, Combermere
519-619-5200 | sandbayfamilycampground.ca

Mohawk Bay Park and Campground

You’ll find this campground just outside of Deseronto on 1,000 feet of Bay of Quinte shoreline. Each of the 10 available overnight campsites is level, under fully grown shade trees, and no more than 350 feet from the water. Cleanliness and community are the hallmarks here. Throughout the summer, you can participate in everything from suppers to horseshoe tournaments to dances to movie nights. Boat rentals are also available.

9721B Highway 2, Greater Napanee
613-396-3730 | mohawkbaypark.com

Stoco Lake Lodge

From hotel rooms to glamping tents, Stoco Lake Lodge likely has an accommodation option for everyone. But for campers, there are 20 RV and tent sites available. The sandy beach is a big attraction here, but the lodge amenities are draws big too, which include a restaurant and bar, spa, barbershop, games room, and theatre. Fishing boats are available to rent, but canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and rowboats are free.  

15 Trudeau Lane, Tweed
613-847-1399 | stocolakelodge.com



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