This itinerary will take you to the thundering water of Niagara Falls, the breathtaking views at the 1000 Islands region, the historic Rideau Canal and the vast wilderness of Algonquin Provincial Park. Experience the highlights of Southern Ontario on this spectacular trip. 

Day 1: Toronto to Niagara Falls (200 km)  

Pick up your RV in Cookstown in the morning and depart southbound to Niagara Falls. The Queen Elizabeth Highway follows Lake Ontario’s shoreline from Toronto to the Niagara Peninsula.

Niagara Falls

Upon arrival at Niagara Falls park your RV and explore the waterfront on foot. Option to enjoy one or more of the activities near the Falls or visit the scenic community of Niagara on the Lake at the northern end of the Niagara Parkway in the afternoon.  

Nearby campsites: Niagara Falls KOA Holiday or Campark Resort  

Highlights

  • Niagara Falls
  • World's smallest church
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sandbanks Provincial Park

Day 2: Niagara Falls to Prince Edward County (350 km)  

Depart Niagara Falls in the morning. Traffic can be heavy throughout the day, especially on Highway 401 around Toronto, so allow time to reach your destination today.

Exit the freeway at the Port Hope exit and continue on the scenic Highway 2 to explore historic Prince Edward County wine country and Lake Ontario beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park.  

Nearby campsites: Outlet River Campgrounds or West Lake Campground

Highlights

  • Lake Ontario
  • Wineries
  • Sandbanks Provincial Park

Day 3: Prince Edward to Gananoque (150 km)  

Depart your campsite in the morning for the short drive to Bloomfield where you may revel in the TerraCello Winery or Huff Estates Winery. From here, the Loyalist Parkway passes through four municipalities along its route, each with its own unique charm and character. After a visit to the town of Picton, you will embark on a scenic 15-minute free ride on the Glenora Ferry.

Tour the Kingston Penitentiary

The Loyalist Parkway is a memorial to the settlers who remained loyal to the British Crown and fled extreme persecution during the American War of Independence. In Kingston, near the eastern end of the parkway, you can go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most infamous maximum security prison at Kingston Penitentiary National Historic Site offering daily, seasonal tours. From Kingston continue on the King’s Highway (Highway 2) to Gananoque.  

Nearby campsites: 1000 Islands Camping Resort or Ivy Lea Koa Campground  

Highlights

  • The town of Picton
  • Glenora ferry ride
  • Kingston Penitentiary
1000 Islands Boat Tour

Day 4: Gananoque (25 km)  

Gananoque, in the heart of the 1000 Islands region, is recognized as one of Eastern Ontario’s most stunning waterfront communities. The best way to experience the magnificence of the 1000 Islands is by boat tour on the Saint Lawrence River past fairytale castles, historic lighthouses and stately mansions that take you back to the area’s heyday as a playground for the rich and famous.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the local trails on foot or by bicycle and experiencing Gananoque’s artisan shops and galleries. 

Nearby campsites: 1000 Islands Camping Resort or Ivy Lea Koa Campground  

Highlights

  • 1000 Islands boat tour
  • Castles and lighthouses 
  • Downtown Gananoque

Day 5: Gananoque  to Merrickville (100 km)  

Depart Gananoque in the morning towards Delta. The Rideau Canal connects the city of Ottawa with Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River in Kingston. The Jones Falls Locks are in one of the most picturesque locations along the Rideau Canal and home to the Great Stone Arch Dam. When completed in 1831, this was the highest dam in North America.

Jones Falls Locks

A short drive from here the 3.9 km summit loop at Rock Dunder offers the most spectacular views of the 202 km long waterway. In Delta, a visit to the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site of Canada is highly recommended. Arrive in Merrickville, named the Jewel of the Rideau, in the late afternoon.  

Nearby campsite: Merrickville Lions Club Campground 

Highlights

  • Rideau Canal
  • Jones Falls Locks
  • Old Stone Mill National Historic Site
Algonquin RV trip

Day 6: Merrickville to Algonquin Provincial Park (250 km)  

Depart Merrickville in the morning for the drive towards the Frank McDougall Parkway (Highway 60). Originally completed in 1937, this road is a great way to see one of Canada’s beautiful parks and is famous for colourful foliage in the fall months. Visit the Visitor Centre at the East Gate to Algonquin Provincial Park to obtain a park pass and for assistance planning your leisure day tomorrow.

The Algonquin Logging Museum is located near the East Gate and celebrates the colourful and fascinating history of logging in Algonquin Park. Spend the following two nights at one of the many campgrounds in the park.  

Nearby campsites: Lake of Two Rivers or Pog Lake Campground  

Highlights

  • Frank McDougall Parkway
  • The Algonquin Logging Museum

Day 7: Algonquin Provincial Park (25 km)  

Free day to enjoy all the natural recreation the park has to offer with canoeing, kayaking, fishing, biking, swimming, photography, bird and wildlife watching, or hiking one or more of the many trails in the park.

Canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park

The park’s many trails include the Whiskey Rapids Trail, along the Oxtongue River, and the Barron Canyon Trail, with views from the north rim.

Nearby campsites: Lake of Two Rivers or Pog Lake Campground  

Highlights

  • Canoe trip
  • Track & Tower hike
Parry Sound boat cruise

Day 8: Algonquin Provincial Park to Parry Sound (125 km)  

Depart Algonquin Provincial Park via the West Gate. Consider stopping at the Hardwood Lookout Trail near the West Gate on your way out of the park. From here, continue onward to Parry Sound.

This town hugs the shores of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, known as the 30,000 Islands. The area boasts several provincial parks, many beautiful beaches and countless hiking trails.  

Nearby campsites: Parry Sound KOA or Trailside RV Resort 

Highlights

  • Hardwood Lookout Trail
  • The Town of Parry Sound
  • Killbear Provincial Park

Day 9: Parry Sound to Toronto (160 km)  

Depart Parry Sound in the morning and return your RV to Fraserway RV in Cookstown before 11:30 am.  

Fraserway RV in Cookstown
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