Friends of Frontenac

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Activities in Frontenac Park

Our Location

Frontenac Provincial Park is situated in Southern Ontario about 40 km (25 miles) north of the historical city of Kingston. Kingston is located on Lake Ontario just west of the Thousand Islands and is approximately half way between Montréal and Toronto.

GPS coodinates for the Park Office :

44.50475401139791, -76.55524493591956

Driving Instructions, The Old Fashioned Way

Head north on Sydenham Road (Frontenac County Road 9) for approximatively 20 km. At the end of the road you will see a Provincial Park sign (Blue and white), telling you to turn left on County Road 5. ​ As you enter the village of Sydenham, watch for the another Park sign on your right (1.9 km). From then follow the signs. You will go though Sydenham crossing a small bridge over the Millhaven creek and passing a Foodland grocery store on your right as you turn right and leave the village. After driving 13 Km on curvy County Road 19, you will see a larger Park sign indicating a right turn and a drive of 2.4 km. This is the Salmon Lake road (just after the Outfitter), it ends at Frontenac Park.
Take Highway 401 east until you get to Kingston. Take Exit 613 – Sydenham Road and go north. Then, follow the directions from Kingston. ​
Follow the 20 west to the junction with Ontario’s Highway 401. (Alternatively, you could go west on the boulevard Métropolitain (40), then south on the 540 to the 20 and the 401.) Continue on the 401 till you get to Kingston. Exit at Sydenham Road (Exit 613) and go north. Then, follow the directions from Kingston. ​
Use Highway 416 to get to the 401, then drive toward Kingston, get off at Sydenham Road (Exit 613). Then, follow the directions from Kingston. There is also a back way from Ottawa through Westport. ​

Hiking Trails

The map below is from the Park Tabloid, and gives an overview of the trails. We highly recommend you purchase a proper park map, available from the park office or on-line here.

NOTE: Trail lengths below are for the loop itself and do not include hiking in and out of the loop.


Power ice augers,  chainsaws, generators, ATV’s and snowmobiles are not permitted in Frontenac Park.

Trailside and shore fires are not permitted.

Licenses: An Ontario Resident, Canadian Resident or Non Resident angling license is required and kept on your person at all times while fishing. You must show this license when asked by a warden.

The gathering and collection of frogs, turtles and baitfish is illegal in Provincial Parks.


For information on Provincial fishing regulations, go to

CLICK HERE for Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary- Zone 18 Seasons and Limits To obtain an Ontario Fishing License: or Outdoors Card renewal call: Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011 (must wait 21 days for delivery.). for a temporary license and Outdoors Card:

Frequently Asked Questions

See below for frequently asked questions about day usage, camping, self serve, motorized vehicles, water, fire and accidents, “can I bring?…” and general guidelines.

Summer: 8am-6pm, 7  days per week.
Fall: 8am-6pm, on Fridays and Saturdays, and
8am-4:30pm, from Sunday to Thursday.
Winter: 8:30am – 4pm, 7 days a week.

Yes, for day use of Frontenac Park, you must purchase a Daily Vehicle Permit as follows:


Day Use

Regular…. $15.50

Senior….. $12.50

Disabled…. $7.75


Ontario Parks Seasonal Permits (tax not included):

Summer Vehicle Permit……$75.00 (April 1-Nov 30)

Winter Vehicle Permit……$60 (Dec 1-March 31)

Annual Vehicle Permit……$99.00 (Jan 1-Dec 31)


Note: Seasonal Permits enable a vehicle and its occupants to enter any Ontario Provincial Park

for day use. All day users, including those with a Season’s Pass, must register for a Daily Vehicle Permit.


Ontario Parks Reservation System

Yes and No. 


Frontenac Park is a Natural Environment park; it is very rugged.  This is a backcountry camping park with the campsites only accessible via canoe, kayak or hiking. Frontenac has a web of hiking and portage trails that are all connected; however, they are in their natural environment, making it impossible for a wheelchair to pass through.  


However, the pathway from the parking lot is stone dust and passable with a wheelchair.  The park office itself and washroom facilities are at ground level and are accessible.


The Park Office contains many artifacts and taxidermied animals which can be quite interesting to visit.  Depending on the type of wheelchair, one can travel down Big Salmon Lake road all the way to Big Salmon Lake dock which is approximately 4 km in distance from the office.

Yes, but only at designated campsites for which you are registered. Note that only interior camping is available. This means that you cannot drive your car, tent trailer, or RV to a campsite. The sites are reachable only by hiking or paddling.

In Frontenac, campsites are scattered over the Park area. The Park has 16 campsite locations.
Some are in clusters, others are single sites. Each campsite sports a tent pad, a firepit and a
picnic table. Each cluster includes a privy. Checkout our campsites page for more info.

The maximum number of people that can be registered and occupy a tent pad is 6 (six). Tent pads measure roughly 14 x 14 feet and wooden platforms 16 x 16 feet, limiting the type of equipment to be used. Each tent pad will accommodate two 2-person tents or one 4-6 person tent. All tents must be on a tent pad or tent platform!
Campers can stay at any one campsite cluster tent pad location a maximum of 16 consecutive nights. You must vacate the site by 14 h 00 on the date you depart from the site.

Current Ontario Parks fees information can be found here:

Yes. Reservations can be made year-round at Frontenac over the phone (1-888-668-7275) or online at Ontario Parks Reservation System

Permits are required for all park use, year-round. Camping permits can now be made year round, up to 5 months in advance. When the Park Office is closed, there is a Self-Serve Registration System for Day Use and Interior Camping. The Self-Serve Station is located in a pod connected to the Park Office by an extension of its roof. (It is on the right as you walk the path toward the Park Office). Please read the instructions posted on the Self-Serve Fee Station wall carefully.
No. Campers are no longer required to check in at the office before their trip. If all details on your camping reservation are correct (i.e. number of people, names, license plate(s), dates, etc.), campers are able to head straight to their campsite but must have a copy (electronic or printed) of their reservation confirmation letter.

You can park in multiple lots in the park. Parking facilities are provided adjacent to the Park Office year-round. Vehicle access to the Big Salmon Lake and Arab Lake lots is only available from late April to late October, since Salmon Lake Road is closed between those dates.

Once you have obtained your permit, you must park your vehicle at an official parking lot prior to embarking on your trip. If you have the correct license plate number identified on your daily vehicle reservation, there is no need to leave a copy of your valid permit on your vehicle’s dashboard.

No. A regulation introduced in 1983 prohibits the use of motors. Electric motors may be used on Big Salmon Lake only. Note that whenever you bring a vessel into an Ontario provincial park, you require a valid permit.
No. The use of mountain bikes, bicycles, horses (and other pack animals), and all motorized vehicles on the trails are prohibited.
Yes, but you must keep your dog on a leash no longer than 2 metres (6 feet) at all times while in the Park. You must also pick-up after your pet (feces must be bagged and packed out) and keep it quiet, so that it does not disturb other visitors.
No. Firearms are totally prohibited within the Park’s boundaries.
Yes. There is no can or bottle ban at Frontenac, however you MUST carry out what you bring in.

The following guidelines  are based on consideration for the park environment and other
park users:

Hike only marked routes. Do not leave the trail.

Protect all trees and plants. Never strip bark from trees or pick flowers or plants.

Protect all wildlife. Do not harm animals or birds.

Keep your dog on a leash at all times while in the park.

Light fires only in designated campsite fireplaces. The use of portable stoves is encouraged if
cookouts are planned in the interior.

Do not rinse soap (even biodegradable kinds which need soil to break down) into water bodies. When washing dishes, etc., remove water from the lake or stream and dispose of soapy water away from the waterbody.

Camp only at designated campsites, for which you are registered. Do not clear your own site.

Fireworks and firearms are prohibited within Frontenac Provincial Park.

Do not litter. Carry out what you bring in.

A water cairn with treated water is located at the Park Office. To be safe, untreated water from the interior lakes and streams should be boiled at a rolling boil for a minimum of 1 minute prior to consumption. (It can also be filtered and treated with purification chemicals.) The evening meal is an ideal time to boil the next day’s water for drinking.

There are no official beaches with lifeguards in Frontenac. However, numerous small sandy beaches are found on the lakes in the interior of the Park. Caution should be used if swimming anywhere in the Park.
No, fires are permitted only at designated campsites. All hikers, campers and fishing enthusiasts are encouraged to use backpacking stoves to reduce the risk of forest fires and help the Park’s environment.

In the interior of the Park, help is not close at hand. This is all the more reason to exercise 
caution at all times. A good quality first aid kit is a must while traveling in the Park’s interior.
Mobile phone service is not reliable in the Park area. However, there is a cell phone booster located in the Self-Serve Station in case of an emergency.

A satellite communication device such as a SPOT, Garmin In-reach, or Zoleo is highly recommended.

We also recommend you download the What3Words App ahead of your visit. If you need to call for help, this App will show exactly where you are and three words that are unique to that location.