A Camper's Guide to Ontario's Best Parks. Rev. ed.


164 pages
Contains Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55046-443-4
DDC 796.54'09713




Reviewed by Janet Money

Janet Money is a writer and policy analyst for the Canadian Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation in Toronto.


Carpenter has produced an extremely useful guide to what she calls
Ontario’s best parks for camping trips accessible by car. From the
hundreds there to choose from, she has found a few dozen and provided
detailed descriptions of what they have to offer, the best campsites,
important features, etc. Not surprisingly, the most lengthy entry is for
Algonquin (the omission here of the “wolf howl” events in August is

For each park selected (sorted by geographic region), Carpenter
provides the location and scores in categories of natural environment,
activities, and campgrounds. (So if you aren’t someone who wants to
mix with other campers, low scores in the activities section won’t
matter to you. If you love to really rough it, the campground ratings
can be considered in this light.) She also includes contact information
as well as information about local attractions, campsites, available
supplies, facilities, and winter use. In the introduction, she explains
the centralized campsite advance-booking system.

For anyone heading into unfamiliar territory, whether wanting a
Northern Ontario experience or going to Algonquin for the first time, A
Camper’s Guide to Ontario’s Best Parks is definitely a keeper.


Carpenter, Donna., “A Camper's Guide to Ontario's Best Parks. Rev. ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 21, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/16190.