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Hard paddling

Took my family for their first-ever canoe trip. Went with three children ages 8 to 13. Left Hartley... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Cairo, Egypt
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Overnight canoe trip

Amazing scenery and put the boats in Hardy Bay Marina for day trips exploring the islands and... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Took my family for their first-ever canoe trip. Went with three children ages 8 to 13. Left Hartley Bay Marina late on a Friday. We quickly paddle to the first available campsite. We were the only paddlers and the campsite was large and private. At...More

2  Thank DL0Z
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Amazing scenery and put the boats in Hardy Bay Marina for day trips exploring the islands and Georgian Bay. Campsite signs are VERY hard to find, and very few “thunder boxes” are maintained. One island had a “poop point”. More information needs to be provided...More

4  Thank dolphindiva66
Reviewed 8 August 2018

The French River is one of Ontario's most beautiful waterway provincial parks. It is steeped in history, abounding nature, and some of the most beautiful shoreline cliffs imaginable. The cliffs in many areas look like they have been melted, or pushed by a giants hand...More

2  Thank Suzette K
Reviewed 5 August 2018

I’ve always considered the French River area to be one of the most beautiful places to go canoeing and camping, so my friend and I were quite thrilled to it again. It was very hot and sunny and we were aware of the fire ban—well,...More

2  Thank Canadian_Guy1000
Reviewed 29 July 2018

As we were canoeing, we could admire varied and exceptional views and saw plenty of birds (blue herons, turkey vultures, woodpeckers). Our site was located near a rather busy waterway—there were many motorboats passing by, so it was a little noisy. We tried fishing from...More

2  Thank Pike53
Reviewed 24 July 2018

The nature you will experience here is really something. I stayed in the Dokis reservation at a cabin along the main river. Read up on the history of this place its very interesting, you can actually see rock paintings on some of the cliffs along...More

Thank PeruDreamer
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Got a beautiful hike in this afternoon, hiking down to the falls / rapids. Missed seeing the snakes by a few minutes. The trail is well marks and worth the trip.

Thank Todd C
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We stopped by this attraction along the highway. It was a nice place along the highway to stretch your legs if you are doing a long drive. Nice view on the suspension bridge. Lot's of parking spaces too. There is also a museum inside the...More

Thank fishlover22
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

My husbands family has been visiting the French River for over 50 years. The glacial shield rock and water combine to form a true breathtaking place. Whether you're canoeing, boating, fishing, camping or staying in one of the cottages, it's one of the best places...More

Thank OhioPamela
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Welcome to shield country. The land is scraped by glaciers leaving many areas of poor drainage, hemmed in by rocks with the hollows gouged out by the ice. So lots of ponds, beaver to help block streams, and brush and forest. Anything close to rivers...More

Thank Ontario76
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Chris M
10 April 2017|
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Response from OnParks | Property representative |
Hi Chris, The tramway is privately owned now and cannot be used. There is a new portage route for paddlers to take. Best, Ontario Parks
4 February 2017|
Response from D R |
Yes there are rattle-snakes in the French river area. the Massassauga is very shy and prefers to hide or retreat from enemies rather than bite them; if threatened, it will shake its tail as a warning and strike only as a... More