Perfect Picnic Beside a Campfire

Autumn is fast approaching, which means so is the perfect weather for campfires! So, pack your picnic baskets (and don’t forget the marshmallows) and grab your big comfy sweaters because it is time for a perfect picnic by a campfire.


Here are some of our favourite campsites, plus some suggestions for where to stop if you don’t plan on bringing your own picnic.

Norfolk Conservation Area, Simcoe

Located on the warm waters of Lake Erie, Norfolk conservation area offers scenic views from atop the bluffs while you sit by your campfire. You will also find a beach volleyball court and a playground for the kids!

Erie Beach Hotel is also on the way there, so don’t miss an opportunity to stop in and try their famous fish-fry.

Awenda National Park, Tiny

Awenda Park is located in Tiny Township and sits on a peninsula off Georgian Bay. This Ontario park offers lots of space for you to set up your campfire including group camping, radio-free camping, and even roofed accommodations.

HINT: if you enjoy bird-watching before sitting down to a campfire, this is the park for you. There are over 120 breeding bird species !

Sunny Valley Park, Owen Sound

Sunny Valley Park offers a quiet setting for your campfire, plus lots to do for the whole family. You can find fishing sites, horseshoe pitts, and even bingo games!

We love that this park is only 10 minutes from Casero’s Kitchen Table – they have the best tacos around.


Photo Credit: Casero’s

Rideau River Provincial Park, Ottawa

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this park is the perfect background for your campfire picnic. Choose from over 200 campsites, including 9 large sites meant for big groups!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: stop by Thyme & Again Catering for one of their pre-packed picnics. It has everything you need for a camping getaway. You will not be sorry.

Algonquin Provincial Park, Nipissing

Algonquin has something for everyone; whether you prefer to enjoy your picnic from the comfort of a heated Yurt, or if you would like to hike 10 km into the woods before pitching a tent, either way you can find it at Algonquin. In the park you can also find canoe and bike rentals, as well as a tiny grocery store for all your picnic needs!


Photo Credit: Ontario Parks

If roughing it isn’t your cup of tea, check out Northern Edge Algonquin, they offer outdoor experiences including a campfire, but with the option to shower indoors!

Craigleith Provincial Park, Georgian Bay

Located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay this park offers stunning sunset views and several sites for you to enjoy a picnic by a campfire.

HINT: Craigleith is also famous for their off shore fishing.

If catching fish for lunch isn’t your style, not to worry! Northwinds Brewhouse and Eatery is just around the corner! Stop by and pick up some Fish ‘n Chips before heading to your campsite.

Sandbanks Provincial Parks, Prince Edward County

The County is booming with activity right now and it is a great place to take the family for a camping trip as there is so much to do while you’re there. Sandbanks is also a prime location for your campfire picnic, and is said to have some of the best beaches in Canada! Campfire on a beach? Sign us up!

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Bon Echo, Provincial Park, Cloyne

If you’re looking for a secluded spot for a cozy picnic beside a campfire, look no further. Bon Echo has campsites that are only accessible by canoe – in fact they have 25 canoe-in spots! You will also find great hiking and spectacular views of the famous cliffs.

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Photo Credit: Ontario Parks

Now sure how to get that fire going? We’ll just leave this handy infographic right here.

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