Camping is a notable way to make lasting memories with your family and certainly a favourite summer activity of residents and visitors alike here in Northern Ontario. Sudbury is definitely not lacking in awesome spots that you can pitch a tent with the family and we’ve rounded up a list of our favorites!
All of the listed campgrounds accept both trailers and tents and are known for being family friendly. You may even find that some have a “curfew” in place to ensure that campers keep things quiet after a certain time at night (usually 11pm). Prices vary but you can expect to pay somewhere in the range of $30-$40 per night if you’re tenting, but RVs can expect a slightly higher rate. Parking is included for at least one vehicle and many offer additional vehicle parking for a small fee. Also, all of these sites are located within walking distance to water, with some even offering waterfront lots!
Centennial Park, 400 Graham Road (Whitefish)
Situated on the Vermillion River, Centennial Park Campground offers a beautiful 32 acres of land for your family to enjoy. They have fully functional shower and toilet facilities, hydro and water hookups on some lots, a playground, boat launch, and picnic area, as well as sewage disposal, however the beach area is unsupervised.
Cedar Grove Campground, Cedar Grove Road (Whitefish)
For over 35 years Cedar Grove Campground has been offering an authentic camping experience, less than 5km away from the Trans-Canada Highway. Each one of their 148 lots offers a maintained fire pit and 15-30 amp electrical. There’s also plenty to do there including horse shoes, a playground, and ample walking trails lined with wild blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and more. Enjoy all that McCharles Lake has to offer with ample fishing, a boat launch, docks, and a shallow sandy beach for swimming. The campground also has the amenities you need to keep the family comfortable like showers, washrooms, and laundry facilities.
Fairbank Provincial Park, Fairbank Lake Road (Worthington)
Fairbank’s, as it’s known by locals, is an Ontario Parks facility and the only one of its kind near the city. It’s located less than 50 mins northwest from the city’s center on the spring-fed, crystal clear Fairbank Lake. Ontario Parks are known for being incredibly family friendly, well maintained, and they offer top-notch amenities to ensure a smooth camping experience. The park is also located on the edge of Sudbury Basin, which gives it a unique and rich geological history.
Whitewater Lake, 535 Laurier Street (Azilda)
10 minutes Northwest of the city in the township of Azilda, you can set up camp at Whitewater Lake. Hydro and water is supplied as well as dumping stations, a boat launch, play structure, picnic area, and beach volleyball court. They also offer life guard supervision on the beach area from June to August.
Ella Lake, Capreol Lake Rd (Capreol)
Ella Lake park and campsite is located just North of the city in Capreol and features a boat launch, unsupervised beach area, canteen and shower facilities, but they do not offer indoor bathroom facilities. They are however, fully serviced campgrounds.
Carol Campsite and RV Park, 2388 Richard Lake Drive (Sudbury)
Carol campsite comes highly recommended by Sudbury locals who want a genuine camping experience without having to travel very far. Located less than 10 minutes from the city’s south end, it has everything you need keep the family entertained and engaged such as paddle boat and canoe rentals, a basketball and volleyball court, playground, and buoy swim area. They also offer some unique amenities like laundry, a propane exchange, and a convenience store. Every lot has a picnic table and fire pit, and firewood can be delivered for a fee. Families can also expect to find washroom and shower facilities.
So grab the family and the camping gear and enjoy any of these campgrounds within City limits!
By: Brittany Wright