Neys Provincial Park – Camping and hiking

Ontario boasts 280 Provincial Parks. Neys Provincial Park is one of many located in Northern Ontario and offers plenty of hiking, boating, camping, and other activities. Located within a short drive of town, this park is the perfect place to spend a weekend or several days.

Neys Provincial Park


With nearly 150 camping sites, Neys is a great place to stay for a few nights. Over half of these sites offer electrical services, which is great for those who camp using a trailer. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t have any problem getting a spot. However, if you are like us and decide to go last minute on a long weekend, then call ahead. When we arrived, there were only a couple of spaces left. Had we arrived any later, we would have found the campgrounds to be full.

The sites offered at Neys are a nice size. Plenty of room to set up a tent, park your vehicle and still have space to move around freely.

With water taps and washroom facilities scattered throughout the campsites, you never have to go far to have access to these amenities.

Just make sure you bring some warmer clothes. This is in Northern Ontario and even summertime can be quite chilly. We made the mistake of trusting the weather forecast, even though we know better, and froze when we stayed here at the beginning of August. I’d highly suggest bringing heavy sweaters, extras blankets, and perhaps even a toque to sleep in just in case. Trust me, you don’t want to be caught without proper clothing when it dips down to 5C (41F) at night.


Neys boasts 6 different hiking trails. One of the best things is that they range from beginner to advanced, so no matter what there is a trail for everyone. I have been on four of the trails and they are beautifully maintained. I will admit that there are a few spots where it can be easy to lose your way. There a multiple spots that look like the trail but you will realize quickly that it’s not. It only looks that way because many other people before you have made the same mistake and essentially worn down a mistake trail. Keep an eye out for the trail markers, some of which are easier to see than others, to make sure you don’t get lost.

For those who are looking for an easy trail, I would highly recommend the Dune Trail. At just over 1 kilometer long, it’s a nice short walk. The ground is very even and the trail is very obvious. It is perfect for those who are beginners when it comes to hiking or may not have the physical capabilities to hike over rocks and other obstacles. We first took out son on this trail when he was two years old and though it took us a long time to do it, he had no problem completing it.

The Lookout Trail is perfect for the in-between hiker. One who wants a bit more of a challenge than the Dune Trail but doesn’t want an extreme challenge. This is the extent of my hiking level but it is a pretty good trail. There are a few spots that have a bit of iffy footing, but if you go slow then you will be fine. This trail does have a couple of spots where the trail markers aren’t obvious.

Visitors Center

While at the park, be sure to hit up the visitor’s center. They are regular activities and presentations given that give you a chance to learn around the plants and animals that inhabit the park. Even when there isn’t an activity happening, the staff are more than happy to share their knowledge, recommend trails and activities based upon each person’s level or just chat.

Guided tours are also available through the visitor’s center. It’s a great way to get an in-depth look at the ecology while out on a hike.

What else to do

After you have enjoyed the various hiking trails, checked out the visitor center activities and headed to the beach, you may be wondering what else can you do? Honestly, one of the best things is to simply relax at your campsite. Whether you are camping in a trailer or a tent, you can find things to do at your campsite.

Reading books is a great way to relax and rest after a long day of hiking the trails. When you have a TBR as big as mine, you need to read at every opportunity. So naturally, we brought some books with us and took reading breaks between our hiking adventures.

Don’t forget to roast some Twizzlers while you are there! What, you thought I was going to say marshmallows, didn’t you? Well, I suppose you can do that too. However, roasting Twizzlers is an odd family tradition that started a couple of years ago. We happened to bring Twizzlers with us and my husband wondered if they could be roasted. Yes, yes they can.

Neys Provincial Park – In pictures

Have you ever been to Neys Provincial Park? How about other Provincial or National parks in Canada?


  1. Looks like a fun camping trip! The park looks beautiful. I’m glad you made it in time to snag a spot. I’ll need to try roasted Twizzlers one of these days.

    1. It was a fun trip. The park is always really nice to visit but this year the green everywhere seemed so much more vibrant. Definitely give them a try. They don’t need to be roasted for a long.

  2. The park is beautiful! It looks like a great place to relax and read after a full day of hiking. 😀

    1. It really is. It was so nice to sit at the camp and read. Though so many people gave us weird looks when they walked by and saw us sitting there reading.

  3. I love camping and we are hoping to do so much more next year (obviously UK based). Looks like you had an amazing camping trip though, the photos are amazing and it definitely makes me want to visit…..maybe one day

    1. That’s great that you are planning to do more camping next year. We usually only do one camping trip a year because I’m not the biggest fan of it. I love being out in nature, it’s the camping in a tent that doesn’t appeal to me. I hope you are able to visit here one day.

    2. Looks like it was such a fun adventure! I am even more excited about these roasted Twizzlers. They happen to be my favorite candy/snack. I honestly can’t keep the large packs in my home because I cannot stop eating them. The serving size is 3. Yeah right! Anyway, I love hiking and adventuring. I would love to visit this park someday!

      1. It really was a fun little weekend. I completely understand, Twizzlers are one of my weaknesses too, so we tend not to buy them very often. There is no way 3 is a serving size! Maybe 3 bags worth, haha. I hope you are able to visit here one day as it is truly beautiful.

  4. This looks amazing. I love walking in the woods, but I have never been to Canada, hopefully one day I will.

    Great photos and good write up!

    1. It’s really a great area to hike in – just gotta keep an eye out for bears. I hope you are able to visit one day.

  5. That is my kind of perfect vacation! I remember one time camping in Scotland at the end of August it felt so cold that I went straight to the bedding aisle and bought cheap winter duvets to throw over the sleeping bags at night while my sister was food shopping!

    I love that you guys have your own tradition of roasting twizzlers!

    1. It was a really nice weekend – minus the hard time sleeping due to the cold. Yikes, yeah that would be really cold. It’s kind of a weird but fun tradition.

  6. Wow, it looks so beautiful there! I love camping and hiking and will definitely have to visit Canada one day. Thanks for sharing your lovely pics, looks like you had a relaxing break surrounded by idyllic nature 🙂 x

    1. It really is beautiful. I hope you are able to come to Canada one day. There are so many amazing places to explore here.

  7. Looks like you had a fun camping trip. The park looks beautiful and relaxing. I like that you’ve created a family tradition of roasting Twizzlers. I haven’t been camping in a long time. When I was younger, my family would go to Sleeping Bear Dunes. But, I would love to visit or camp at a National Park in Canada.

    1. It really is a beautiful area. It’s just a shame I’m not a big fan of camping or else we would go more often. It is a fun little tradition and really the only time we eat Twizzlers now. If you can, I would recommend visiting a National Park here, there are so many to choose from.

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