Paddle to the Devil's Door on the French River

Hartley Bay Marina - Search Nearby - Added by Thomas Ostapchuk

​One of the most stunning and least-known jewels of Ontario, the French River Provincial Park is an adventure packed with wildlife, first-class fishing, and some of the most scenic views in the province. ​ Paddle to the "Devil's Door" at the edge of Georgian Bay where you will pass Otters and Bald Eagles, camp on rocky islands, and see rock-scapes and water chutes that will steal your heart.

French River Provincial Park is known for backcountry camping through its winding waterways and near-complete seclusion. There is lots of wildlife, great fishing, and stunning night skies to boot. 

Set your GPS to the Hartley Bay Marina where you can park your car and pick up (or unload) your canoe/boat. Buy your map and speak with the attendant for your route options on getting to Devil's Door. There are many marked campsites along the way, and some notable fishing spots. It's about a two-day canoe in either direction to Devil's door, so aim for 4-5 days stay in the park. 

Be prepared to paddle hard (if canoeing) into some headwinds for up to 6-8 hours a day. Once you reach the Devil's Door, you will realize it all worth it.

Happy paddling! 

Activities

Canoeing, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming

Easy Parking
River
Scenic
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Sturgeon Falls KOA

818 Lalande Road, Canada

Parry Sound KOA

276 Rankin Lake Road, Canada

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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