Grundy Lake Provincial Park is one of my favourite parks in the Ontario Parks system. Usually there are always some campsites available throughout the summer. It seems that other nearby provincial parks such as Killbear, Killarney and the French River get more attention. If you are ever stuck without a campsite for a long weekend in the summer, consider booking at Grundy Lake.
Environment: Grundy Lake is located along Highway 69, approximately 85 kilometres south of Sudbury and 85 kilometres north of Parry Sound. The park was established in 1959 and features seven beautiful lakes, rivers and forests within the Canadian Shield. The park is well designed with campgrounds situated around Clear, Grundy, Gut and Gurd Lakes.
Beach: Grundy Lake has many beaches. All campgrounds have beaches within walking distance. There are six designated beaches on Clear, Grundy and Gurd Lakes. However, you will find that many people will go rock jumping on Gut Lake as well other spots in the park.
Camping: There are 475 campsites that are split among nine campgrounds. Of the 475 campsites, 138 have hydro available. All of the campgrounds in the park are quite good. I’ve camped in the Red Maple and White Pine campgrounds and will camp at some of the other campgrounds on future trips. For backcountry camping, there are ten canoe-in campsites.
Canoeing: Grundy Lake is a great place if you are learning how to canoe or kayak. We did a day trip from Grundy Lake to Gut Lake then Gurd Lake and back in approximately four hours. Each of these lakes has campgrounds and offers plenty of great spots to stop for a swim or a picnic. There are connecting creeks that you can paddle between these lakes, so you don’t have to worry about portaging. Canoe rentals are available at the park and privately just outside the park. Powerboats are not allowed in the park.
Fishing: There is a good assortment of fish within the seven lakes, e.g.: northern pike, bass, walleye and panfish. I have a few friends who go camping to Grundy Lake, just for the fishing.
Hiking: There are four hiking trails within the park. The Gut Lake and Gurd Lake Dam trails are heavily travelled in the summer because these trails provide access to several nice swimming spots and many photo opportunities on Gut Lake. The Gut Lake Trail covers the west side of Gut Lake, while the Gurd Lake Dam Trail flanks along the east side. I recommend both of these trails. I also enjoyed the Swan Lake Trail because it features Canadian Shield rock, ridges, nice lookouts, a boardwalk and some wetlands. I will have to check out the Beaver Dam Trail on my next trip to Grundy Lake.
Shopping: There is a good selection of camping supplies, just outside the park at the intersection of Highway 69 and 522. As mentioned, Grundy Lake is mid-way between Parry Sound and Sudbury, the two major urban areas in the vicinity.
The Amphitheatre: The Amphitheatre has a nice view of Gut Lake and is worth the trip for an evening show in the park.
Wildlife: I’ve spotted deer in the park and apparently moose are in the area as well. In the summer of 2009 we spotted two large swans on Gurd Lake. Apparently the swans have been spending their summers in the park for about ten years now. Keep your distance if you spot them, so as to not disturb and upset them.
In Conclusion: The July-August occupancy rate for 2009 was only 69%, so there is a good chance that you can get a campsite at Grundy Lake throughout the summer. This is a great park that you shouldn’t overlook if you plan to camp in this area of the province. You should plan at least four to five nights at the park, in order to see everything that it has to offer.
My Park Rating: 4.5 out of 5