Philip Edward Island in Ontario is a camper’s paradise with unreal beauty

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Philip Edward Island in Ontario is a camper's paradise with unreal beauty

A stunning landmass of ancient rock just a kilometer from Killarney Provincial Park, Philip Edward Island could be explored for several days.

The short kayak or canoe trip from the mainland makes it easy to grab a quick overnight stay on the island, which is sometimes referred to as Manitoulin’s wild cousin.

Or paddle the entire 50 kilometers around the island and travel to a cluster of smaller islands nearby for a four or five night expedition of adventure.

Both will ensure an unforgettable time.

Just make sure you don’t head out on a windy day, especially if you’re not an experienced paddler, as Georgian Bay’s open waters can get pretty rough. When it’s windy, kayaks are more suitable for travel than canoes.

The south shore is exposed to Georgian Bay and the north side cuts through Collins Inlet, a protective channel originally frequented by Aboriginal people and bordering Point Grondine.

The white mountain range of La Cloche in the background and various peaks of pink granite rocks emerging from the water provide stunning scenery around the island.

Philip Edward Island is also Crown Land so no fee or permit is required for camping. Pitch your tent anywhere on the slab of rock for a true backcountry camping experience.

When visiting, make sure to respect the rules of the region. Adhere to social distancing measures by visiting with a small group and picking up your rubbish to leave the area just as beautiful as you found it.