Where is Frontenac Provincial Park?
Frontenac Provincial Park is about a 45-minute drive north of Kingston, about halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. The park is on the Frontenac Arch, the southernmost part of the Canadian Sheild. Need directions? We’ve provided some further down the page.
What does the park have to offer?
The provincial park has 22 lakes for you to paddle and explore. Unlike Big Salmon Lake, which only allows electric motors, all interior lakes do not permit engines. But, if you prefer to use your motorboat to go camping, you are allowed on all exterior lakes, such as Birch Lake, Buck Lake, Devil Lake, Kingsford Lake, and South Otter Lake.
Many lakes in and around the park have excellent fishing opportunities almost year-round, including Brook Trout, Black Crappie, Northern Pike and more. You can also target Lake Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass during specific seasons. You’ll want to be sure you’re up to date with the fishing regulations, which you can find here.
Try one of our rental fishing kayaks for the day and catch yourself a big one!
Frontenac Outfitters offers rentals if you’re looking for a canoe or kayak (including fishing kayaks) or SUP for a day or a more extended trip. We’re conveniently located on the corner of Bedford Rd. and Salmon Lake Rd, which you’ll have to travel down when you go to the Park Office. You can find more information on rentals here.
Beautiful trails weave through the park, taking you over rugged terrain resembling the Canadian Sheild. There are 12 trails totalling roughly 160 km in length. Maps of the park are provided by the Friends of Frontenac, which you can buy at the main park office or online.
Currently, 51 backcountry campsites are available in Frontenac Provincial Park. Many sites are accessible without portages if you prefer a paddle-in site. Most sites are considered cluster sites, meaning they’re grouped and share the same privy. Recently, the park introduced three solo campsites, offering extra privacy. Two of the sites are located on Big Salmon Lake, and one of them is located on Clearwater Lake.
The campsites come with a few extra amenities that are not always offered in backcountry sites, including a food storage bin, outhouses(privy), and tent pads, along with some of the others you’d expect, such as a fire pit with a metal ring, and a picnic table.
If you want more details on a specific campsite, the Friends of Frontenac have included some information here.
The Frontenac Challenge!
The Friends of Frontenac, a volunteer group, hosts a few exciting challenges within the park. The first one is the Hiker’s Challenge, in which participants must complete all of the trails in the park within a year or a month. The second challenge is the All-Season Campers Challenge, where you must camp in the park at least one night a month for twelve consecutive months. For more information, visit the Friends of Frontenac website here.
FRONTENAC PROVINCIAL PARK REGISTRATION AND FEES
Parking Permit Fees Per Day
For any day-use activities, including hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, picnics, walks and bringing any vehicle or vessel into the park, or for ‘drop-offs.’
- $15.50 per vehicle
- $12.50 per senior citizen vehicle
- $7.75 per vehicle for youth groups or disabled persons
Seasonal Vehicle Permits can also be purchased.
- $84.75 - Summer Vehicle Permit (Apr 1 – Nov 30)
- $111.87 - Annual Vehicle Permit (Jan 1 – Dec 31)
- $67.80 - Winter Vehicle Permit (Dec 1 – Mar 31)
Free parking can be accessed from the North at Kingsford Dam or 6767 County Rd. 10; Although these can be bustling spots, parking is minimal.
Backcountry Camping Permit Fees
Everyone camping in Frontenac Provincial Park must have a camping permit and be registered on that permit. You’re expected to stay at the campsites specified on your camping permit for the corresponding nights. Park permits can be picked up at the office, although as of Apr 28, 2023, it is no longer required. Remote permitting is allowed, but ensure you have an electronic or printed copy of your confirmation letter.
Reservations can now be made year-round. You can make a reservation online, five months in advance, by using the Ontario Parks Website (linked below)
For route planning assistance or campsite vacancies, call Frontenac Park at 1-613-376-3489
(All prices have HST already included)
- $12.43 per adult per night (persons 18 – 64 yrs)
- $5.65 per youth per night (persons 6 – 17 yrs)
- Less than 6 years of age free but still must be registered
- $9.94 per senior per night (persons 65 + yrs)
- $6.22 per person per night (disabled adult 18 – 64 yrs)
- $2.83 per person per night (disabled youth 6 – 17 yrs)
Frontenac Park Fees – Youth Groups
There are no group campsites at Frontenac Park; however, a limited number of Youth Groups are permitted to camp at the park on the regular interior campsites, with a maximum of 16 persons per 4-site campsite cluster.
Call the park for more information and to make group reservations: 613-376-3489. Space is limited, so call early!
As a “semi-wilderness park,” paying Frontenac Provincial Park Fees allows the park to continue to offer outdoor enthusiasts a different recreational experience in southern Ontario with canoeing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, interior camping, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The terrain is pretty rugged as the park is situated on the Canadian Shield. The park is open all year; therefore, permit fees are charged year-round.
The region, including Frontenac Park, was recently designated by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, “one of the most significant landscapes on earth.” Referred to as the “Frontenac Biosphere Reserve,” – it is one of 15 reserves in Canada, 1 of 4 in Ontario.
HOW TO GET THERE
Through Westport - From Sydenham - This route avoids major highways but has well-maintained roads.
*Please Note* Your GPS may try and take you around the northern end of Sydenham Lake. The road “Little Long Lake Rd” is an unmaintained, mostly single-lane road, and we don’t recommend taking this route.
Through Westport - Northern approach - Please be aware many of the smaller roads on the northern part of the park can be winding and rough. Take caution, especially during inclement weather.
Through Kingston - Via 416 and 401
Via QC 136 and ON-401
For more information, visit:
Make your campsite reservation here:
Select the tab "Backcountry" to find Frontenac Provincial Park.