Ferris Provincial Park, Campbellford, ON, Canada
Driving time from Toronto
Suspension bridge length
Set up camp along the river
Located along the Trent River, just south of the town of Campbellford, the park is great camping destination close to Toronto. With a lot of sites to choose from (163, to be exact), there are scenic options for all types of camp set-ups. If you’re set on plugging in as you unplug from the city, you can pick a site that has electrical hookups and access for bigger vehicles. Heads up for family campers: there’s a kids’ playground, nice places for picnic lunch, and washrooms and showers that are easy to get to.
Cross the suspension bridge
The park’s main attraction is a 90m long pedestrian suspension bridge that spans the Trent River. With a see-through walkway, the bridge gives you a bird’s-eye view of the Ranney Gorge, which makes this a must-do spot even if you’re just passing through. The bridge tends to sway in the wind – it’s completely safe but does make for quite the experience.
Get out for a hike
Make sure to get out on the Ferris park trails to explore and scope out the local terrain, including glacial formations called drumlins. With over 10km of maintained trails, the park is well-suited for hiking and mountain biking. Keep an eye out for colourful wildflowers that pop up in the summer months along the aptly-named Drumlin Trail.
Going into town
Campbellford is a small town of only 3500 residents, but packed into it are a number of great places to eat, a small non-profit movie theatre and a renowned bakery. Dooher’s Bakery is said to have some of the best cream-filled doughnuts in Ontario. During the summer, the town opens up a municipal swimming pool making it a popular spot to go and cool off.