Quetico Provincial Park Dawson Trail Campgrounds

FUN FACT: The Dawson Trail Campground at French Lake is the only entrance in Quetico Park for drive-in camping; all other campsites in Quetico are back-country campsites. There are 107 sites of which 49 have electrical hook-ups, many of which accommodate pull-through size RVs.

Dawson Trail Campgrounds – Quetico Provincial Park

The Campground has a Picnic and Day Use area, showers, flush toilets, a laundromat, a playground, spectacular beaches, a park store and a Visitor Centre. You can cool off in the summer months at the beaches along French Lake.

The Quetico Information Pavilion at Dawson Trail provides information and large-scale maps to help you plan your canoe trip. Nature lectures, slide shows, displays and other programs are offered regularly at Dawson Trail throughout the summer. Check at the Heritage information Pavilion for information on Education programs available for you, your family or special group. Natural Heritage Education (NHE) programming in Quetico Provincial Park focuses on regional natural and cultural heritage, wilderness skills and conservation. Programs are family-based and suitable for all age groups. Programming runs from January until the middle of October. Weekly programs commence during the Canada Day long weekend and continue through Labour Day

The John B. Ridley Research Library at Dawson Trail has a large collection of books, articles, pamphlets, maps, slides, photographs, and oral history tapes about Quetico and its environs. The library is staffed full-time from mid-April to mid-September and part-time from October through March. For more information on the library, call 807-929-2571, Ext. 224.

Quetico also has 3 cabins available. They are equipped for both summer and winter camping. Nature, hiking and cross-country ski trails extend from the campground to give visitors a year-round threshold to the wilderness.

Friends of Quetico operate the gear and gift shop – kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards are available for rent. Canoes are available from a number of outfitters, Park staff can help with. Day trips or multi-day canoe trips can be started on the water without a portage to the large expanse of Pickerel Lake where visitors can easily find a secluded beach of their own.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-888-668-7275. Ontario Parks has a great webpage showing you the two camping areas within Dawson Trail Campground. You can see which campsites are available, and which ones you can and can’t reserve ahead of time.