Generic Van Life - Southern Ontario Cashel Lake
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A lot of crown land in Ontario is solely portage-able and not vehicle accessible so you’ve got to cherish the awesome vehicle-friendly spots when you find gems like this place. About 1.5 hours northeast of Peterborough in the Kawartha Lakes area is Cashel Lake, a crystal clear lake filled with small and largemouth bass. We camped here with a group of friends and had an amazing time swimming, fishing and relaxing by the campfire. We opted for the grassy area just past the main camp area because there was no one else there and the main area spots do get filled up. It seems as though some people make this their “cottage destination” and leave their trailers there. Technically Canadians are only allowed to stay 21 days on crown land but some folks seem a little longer term here. Anyway, there’s plenty of space for everything from big rigs to tents and there is also a communal outhouse and a fire pit at each site. The lake is just steps away (right behind the big white RV in the first photo) and is insanely clean and lovely. Lots of trails around and the nearest store is only about 25 min away for ice, food and booze.

Max stay for Canadian citizens is 21 days. Non-residents require a permit that’s about 10 bucks/night.

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3 Parkside Trail, Gilmour, Ontario K0L 1W0
44.925341, -77.553575
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