Beach and Bike

Bring back ‘summer vacation; pack your bikes and tent in the car and head to Darlington Provincial Park along beautiful Lake Ontario.  This is one of the few spots in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) where the1,600-kilometre Great Lakes Waterfront Trail winds through an Ontario Provincial Park.

Dog in packed car

The comforts of camp are yours to master when Park staff offer a ‘Learn To Camp’ program for first-time, happy campers! To complete the experience, rent a fishing rod from the Camp Store and try your luck at landing the catch that fish tales are made of. Save a swim at the beach until after you peddle west along the Waterfront Trail through The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve the largest urban wetland in the GTA. In 20 minutes you will arrive at Oshawa’s beautiful Lakeview Park where you can take in the historic Oshawa Community Museum and enjoy a lakeside summer treat from one of the food trucks along the beach.

Here you have option for a connector loop with the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path. This 7-kilometre paved path meanders north from the lake along the picturesque Oshawa Creek valley connecting you to vibrant Downtown Oshawa. The Canadian Automotive Museum, Parkwood National Historic Site, The Botanical Gardens, and The Robert McLauglin Gallery all contribute to the rich story of Oshawa’s amazing automotive history. Be sure to devour the ‘Let’s Eat’ dining guide of downtown Oshawa. There’s a map with categories like; food, flavour, patio, pints and more!

Parkwood Estate OshawaParkwood Estate Oshawa GardenPeddle back to camp in time for a swim in the lake and some well-earned s’mores at the campfire while you tell ghost stories of Oshawa’s rich past!

Family Camping in Darlington