Canada & Alaska

Michele & Stephen's trip in 2012

A Superior Lake

We have spent the last four days driving around part of the north shore of Lake Superior. We have stayed at two Provincial Park campgrounds, one National Park campground and one wild camp. Lake Superior is, of course, huge and it has significant waves and sandy beaches so it is hard to remember that it is a lake and not the ocean.

In Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Provincial Park and National Park campgrounds were significantly cheaper than commercial ones. In Ontario they are all more expensive (say $Can 38.00 to $Can 42.00) and there is very little cost differential between the Park campgrounds and the commercial ones. There is however a great deal of difference between the layout of Park sites and commercial ones.

Commercial campgrounds are generally crowded and many of the vehicles seem to be at least semipermanent, they are often a bit tacky. The Park campgrounds are usually wooded and far more pleasant, particularly if you do not need electricity (though this is often available). Below is a typical Park camp site at Lake Superior Provincial Park.

In most Park campgrounds there is a fire pit in each site and the Park sells firewood. You are strongly discouraged from bringing your own firewood to prevent the spread of insects and tree diseases.

Lake Superior Provincial Park, Pukaskwa National Park and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park all have excellent views over Lake Superior and many walking trails.

All three parks are highly recommended.

Parks Canada Discovery Pass

When we visited our first Parks Canada site in Nova Scotia we debated whether to buy an annual pass (at $Can 67.70 in 2012). After two just over months travelling the answer is a definite yes for us!

When camping in a National (as opposed to a Provincial) Park the annual pass means you do not have to pay the park entry fee in addition to the campground fee (about $Can 7.00 per person).