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For cross-country explorers, this park is the place to be! With two sandy beaches, a lake left over from ancient glaciers, and hiking trails through boreal forest, Aaron Provincial Park is a must-see this summer.

Technically, it’s not a day trip adventure if you’re coming from Toronto, as the drive takes 10 hours.

If you’re anywhere near the Manitoba border, you’re in luck. Aaron Provincial Park is located near the Trans-Canada Highway and is, according to Ontario Parks, “the perfect stopover for cross-country explorers.”

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Here you will find opportunities for fishing, bird watching, boating, canoeing and cycling routes.

There are also two hiking trails here: the Aspen Trail, which passes through the remnants of the “terrible storm of 1973 and over bare rock surfaces scarred by glaciers that melted 10,000 to 15,000 years ago,” and the Eastern White Cedar Trail, which takes you through large, historic trees, past the shores and wetlands of Thunder Lake, and up a slope to a clay flat.

The lake itself is a sight to behold! According to Ontario Parks, Thunder Lake is a remnant of the ancient glaciers that covered Ontario tens of thousands of years ago.

And you can even swim in it, as Aaron Provincial Park has two sandy beaches.

They are located on the east and west sides of the park.

Parking, picnic tables and restrooms are available here. Please note that there are no lifeguards stationed at the beaches.

Since getting to this park is a challenge, you can also camp here – which is probably ideal if you are driving from the city.

Aaron Provincial Park offers nearly 100 campsites, a third of which have electricity.

“The campgrounds can accommodate everything from tents to large RVs, and amenities such as water faucets, toilets and laundry facilities are nearby,” explains Ontario Parks.

There is also a group camping area for 15 to 50 people. You will find water taps and toilets on site.

Camping reservations can be made online or by calling (807) 938-6534.

Have fun and enjoy your summer!