Location: Alliston, Ontario
Earl Rowe Provincial Park is located on the Boyne River in a scenic river valley.
Visitors can camp, picnic, fish, paddle, sunbathe, swim in a 1500-person wadding pool, or hike.
The park has 400 campsites and is open from May to mid-October.
Canoe and paddleboat (pedal boat) rentals are available at the Park Store.
Located in a river valley in the middle of typical south-central Ontario countryside, the park includes a variety of valley landforms created by the meandering Boyne River.
You can find more than 100 species of bird in the park, including the ruby-throated hummingbird, yellow warbler, and purple finch. You can also find other wildlife including squirrels, rabbits, beaver, fox, turtles and frogs.
Earl Rowe has a total of 400 campsites located in two different campground areas: Riverside Campgrounds (Salmon Run Campground, Rabbit Loop Campground, Blue Heron Campground, Heydon Way Campground) and West Side Campgrounds (Fletcher Field Campground, Boyne Meadow Campground, Trillium Woods Campground, Meadowbrook Campground). Most sites have shade and 183 have electrical service. Three group camping areas are also available. See: Earl Rowe Campgrounds Map.
A limited number of picnic tables are located throughout the park. Four Picnic Shelters are available for rent. To reserve a picnic shelter, call the park at 705-435-2498.
A comfort station with flush toilets is located on each side of the lake. A playground is also located on each side of the lake.
The Park Store is located on the east side of the lake, near the beach. The store offers sundry items, groceries, ice cream, camping supplies and Ontario Parks souvenir merchandise and rental items. On the west side of the lake, a small concession is located near the entrance to the pool, offering most of the above items.
Canoes, paddleboats are available for rent at the Park Store. For a $25 refundable deposit, visitors can borrow a properly fitted PFD (personal floatation device). Staff can outfit visitors with a PFD at the pool and Resource Center.
During the winter, visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter walks. Note that no facilities are open after Thanksgiving.
Provincial Park day use fees apply.
Map & Directions:
Located near Alliston, Ontario; which is southeast of Barrie, Ontario.
From Toronto, driving time is approximately 1.5 hours and distance is approximately 97 km (60 miles).
Driving directions from Toronto:
- Take Hwy 400 North to Hwy 89 "Cookstown Alliston" (Exit 75); turn left onto Hwy 89 West.
- Take Hwy 89 West for 18.9 km to Hwy 15 South; turn left onto Hwy 15 South.
- Take Hwy 15 South for 260 m to Hwy 89 West (2nd road on right); turn right onto Hwy 89 West.
- Take Hwy 89 West for 1.3 km to Concession Road 7 (2nd road on right); turn right onto Concession Rd 7.
- Take Concession Road 7 north for 600 m to park entrance on left (2nd road on left).
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Alliston, Ontario is a settlement in Simcoe County in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is part of the Town of New Tecumseth, the 1991 amalgamation of Alliston and nearby villages Beeton, Tottenham, and the Township of Tecumseth. The primary downtown area is located along Highway 89, or Victoria Street.
Alliston is known as the Potato Capitol of Ontario. Every summer this is celebrated and recognized with the Alliston Potato Festival.
The Banting Homestead, the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting who discovered insulin, is located in Alliston, Ontario.
Located 9 km east of the Earl Rowe Provincial Park, off of Hwy 89, is the Nottawasaga Inn Convention Centre & Golf Resort.