Earl Rowe Provincial Park

A dose of nature close to the big city.

Packing up the tent, a few sleeping bags and heading out to explore the great outdoors is something that many Canadians eagerly anticipate as the days begin to warm and lengthen. Whether it’s a wilderness sleepover under starry skies or just an afternoon hike amongst the trees, escaping the city and immersing oneself in nature is a great way to relax, find serenity and reconnect with yourself, as well as your friends and family.

If you are planning your next outdoor adventure, consider a visit to Earl Rowe Provincial Park. Named in honour of William Earl Rowe, a politician and the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the park is located just outside the Town of New Tecumseth in the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio and is only a short drive from the Greater Toronto Area.

First established in 1964, there are many things to do, see and explore at this 312.4 hectare Provincial Park. For those who plan to spend the night, car camping is available in the Westside Campground during peak season, which runs from June to September. Comprised of four main camping areas including Fletchers Field, Boyne Meadow, Trillium Woods and Meadowbrook, sites can accommodate larger vehicles and RVs, with some areas also providing electrical hookups, comfort stations with showers, water taps, and laundry facilities.

Open for the entire operating season, which runs from May to October, Riverside Campground also has four main areas including Heydon Way, Salmon Run, Rabbit Loop and Blue Heron. There are also comfort stations with showers, electrical hookups, water taps and laundry facilities available in this area of the park, however, Salmon Run and Rabbit Loop are designated as non-electrical, tent only camping areas.

For novice campers who want the camping experience but are not sure where to start, Earl Rowe participates in the ‘Learn to Camp’ program sponsored by Coleman. As part of this initiative, visitors can participate in a guided overnight camping experience and learn the basics of camping including what to bring, what to cook and what to wear. There’s also an online ‘Learn to Camp App’ available through Parks Canada that will help beginner campers become camping pros.

Whether you are a seasoned camper, a novice camper, or just visiting for the day, you’ll certainly enjoy the many fun activities at Earl Rowe. Nature lovers will delight in spotting the various types of wildlife that reside within the park, including watching the salmon spawning at the ‘fish ladder’ in the fall and spring seasons. For those who would like to learn more about nature, the park also offers Natural Heritage Education programming for a wide range of ages and interest groups from June to September.

For those looking to cool off, the park offers two beach areas for swimming, as well as a large outdoor pool. Canoeing is another popular water activity. Visitors can either bring their own canoe or rent one from the park and enjoy a peaceful and scenic paddle down the Boyne River.

For anglers, there are great fishing opportunities at Earl Rowe. Visitors who carry an official Ontario fishing license are permitted to fish in the Boyne River below the dam, as well as in the lake. The park also provides share rods and reels at no charge and a map of the best fishing spots at the Gatehouse and Resource Centre.

Extensive hiking trails are another favourite feature. There are six main hiking trails located within the park boundaries, including the 1.5km Fletcher’s Mill Point Trail which is paved for accessibility, the 11km Rainbow Run trail that encompasses the entire trail system around Earl Rowe, the 0.5km Little Trail offering a quick, easy stroll through the woods, the 4km Lookout Trail that leads hikers to a lookout platform offering spectacular views, the 1.5 km Resource Trail that offers hikers the opportunity to learn all about the great natural resources at Earl Rowe and the Riverside Campground Trail that connects campers to both sides of the park.

Hiking isn’t the only way to stay active during your visit to Earl Rowe. Visitors can bring or rent a bicycle and explore the park on two wheels as cycling is permitted on all park roads and most trails, although not recommended on the Lookout Trail.

Whether you decide to stay for the night or simply visit for the day, Earl Rowe Provincial Park is a great place to escape from the city, explore, reconnect with friends and family and experience and appreciate the beauty and serenity of nature and the outdoors.

For more information: 

4998 Concession 7

Tosorontio

(705) 435 2498

ontarioparks.com/park/earlrowe