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Balsam Lake Provincial Park

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Address: 2238 Highway 48, Kirkfield, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K0M 2B0, Canada
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Great place to enjoy a summer day

Visited during free provincial park day. Visited the beach, quite busy. Rentals for boats. Snack bar. Good campsites and hiking trails. Walked 2 of the trails. Lots of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing park!! Clean and so inviting!! Anne is a park cleaner and she is amazing and one hard worker!! She needs a pay raise because she doesn't stop!! People destroyed the washroom and she had to clean it & did without any issues. The boating, fishing and sites around the park are amazing!! We love the beach as well. What... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Visited during free provincial park day. Visited the beach, quite busy. Rentals for boats. Snack bar. Good campsites and hiking trails. Walked 2 of the trails. Lots of birds, rabbits, deer. Would go again.

Thank onajourneyToronto
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Great facilities..the beach is sandy bottom and accomodates a lot of people..kayaks,canoes,paddle boats and water hammocks available.Fabulous farmer's market on Sunday of Labour Day weekend..Very peaceful place

Thank Linda B
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

While it's not Algonquin, it has enough trees and privacy. The beach is big and gets crowded with young families. You can also rent paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and pedal boat. Even picnic shelter and bike rental! The campsite itself was big and has enough trees between campsites that there is privacy. The washrooms is nicely kept and the old lady... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The beach is use at your own risk but very nice during the summer time. I just came back from an August weekend and there were virtually no bugs at all. We went once in oct and the mosquitos were everywhere! I recommend the summer time. Kayak and canoe rentals, facilities are kept clean. Park ranger comes around at 11pm... More 

1 Thank Elliott B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed here last weekend. Good campground, sites are clean and pretty big where we stayed in Mapleview. Other campsites in other places have no privacy but we felt we had full privacy from our neighbors which is what we wanted. We stayed on 79 with the washroom across the way and the tap was close as well. Great location... More 

1 Thank aogs11
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Established in 1968, Balsam Lake Provincial Park (Balsam) is a recreational-class provincial park spanning 448 hectares on Balsam Lake a few kilometers southwest of Coboconk. Features of note include a sandy beach, hiking trails, a rental cottage (fully furnished), and camping sites. Of the 506 total campsites, 206 have electricity for tents and recreational vehicles. Campsites may be reserved from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this park. Loved the beach and the trail. Because a partial fire ban was put in place the trails were closed and we only were able to complete the Lookout trail. The fact that it was just a partial bam still allowing fires from 6pm-10pm was more than acceptable under the conditions this summer. Like another reviewer we also... More 

2 Thank D H
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Balsam Lake is a beautiful park and well maintained throughout. There are many activities such as hiking, swimming, biking and fishing. We spent 5 days here and did not experience everything the park had to offer. We will surely be returning to this great park! The drive from Toronto is not too long which really is a bonus with small... More 

1 Thank susieq312016
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We have never camped here but every time we come up to the cottage we always hit the beach area at Balsam Lake. The beach is well managed with a very large bouyed section, they do a good job at managing the weeds on the shore and the water temps are always great. The boat rental/convenience store has limited supplies... More 

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